Watson, H. et al

Discharge and water chemistry measurements from Tarland Burn at Coull (Scotland) (2000-2010)

Mean daily flow and water chemistry data collected from the Tarland Burn, recorded between 2000-2010. Water chemistry determinands measured include: total dissolved phosphorus (TDP), soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP), total phosphorous (TP), particulate phosphorus (PP), nitrate (NO3-N), ammonium (NH4-N) and suspended sediments (SS); water chemistry measurements are in units of mg l-1 for all determinands. Sampling for water chemistry took place at a weekly frequency between 2000 and the end of 2003, with some daily sampling during rainfall events. Daily samples were then collected between February 2004 and June 2005. After June 2005, infrequent irregular sampling took place, with fewer determinands. Mean daily flow, in m3s-1, was also recorded.

The Tarland Burn is a tributary of the River Dee (northeast Scotland). The samples were collected at Coull (WGS84 57.111, -2.810; OSGB 351050, 802540).

Publication date: 2016-01-15

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You must cite: Watson, H.; Langan. S,; Johnston, L.; Cook, Y.; Cooper, R.; Taylor, C.; Masson, L.; Dunn, S.; Stutter, M.I. ; Jackson-Blake, L.; McKeen, M. (2016). Discharge and water chemistry measurements from Tarland Burn at Coull (Scotland) (2000-2010) . NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/f9a69fcb-321d-4f65-a8cf-cfe789224c8f



Study area
Temporal extent
2000-01-01    to    2010-12-31

Provenance & quality

Water chemistry data: Sub-daily sampling took place during storms during 2004 and 2005, with 2 to 6 samples per day. Sub-daily data were converted to daily means. Samples were collected via a combination of grab sampling (pre 2004 and post 2005) and auto-sampler. Suspended sediment concentrations were determined gravimetrically on filter papers. Filtrates were analysed for total dissolved phosphorus (TDP), nitrate and ammonium. Unfiltered samples were manually digested by a persulphate autoclave procedure, then analysed as molybdate reactive P to give total P (TP). Particulate P (PP) was calculated as the difference between TP and TDP. Details of sampling protocol, autosampler set-up and analytical methods are given in [1] [2]

Discharge data: Daily mean flow was derived from 15 minute discharge data, with a 'day' classed as 9am – 8:45am, for compatibility with Met Office rainfall data. The 15 minute discharge data was derived from stage information.

[1] Stutter, M.I., Langan, S.J., Cooper, R.J., 2008. Spatial and temporal dynamics of stream water and particulate N, P and C forms along a catchment transect, NE Scotland. Journal of Hydrology 350 (3–4), 187–202. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.10.048

[2] Stutter, M.I., Langan, S.J., Cooper, R.J., 2008. Spatial contributions of diffuse inputs and within-channel processes to the form of streamwater phosphorus over storm events. Journal of Hydrology 350 (3–4), 203–214. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2007.10.045

Correspondence/contact details

Helen Watson
The James Hutton Institute
AB15 8QH
Marc Stutter
The James Hutton Institute
AB15 8QH


Watson, H.
James Hutton Institute
Langan. S,
James Hutton Institute
Johnston, L.
James Hutton Institute
Cook, Y.
James Hutton Institute
Cooper, R.
James Hutton Institute
Taylor, C.
James Hutton Institute
Masson, L.
James Hutton Institute
Dunn, S.
James Hutton Institute
Stutter, M.I.
James Hutton Institute
Jackson-Blake, L.
James Hutton Institute
McKeen, M.
James Hutton Institute

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Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre


Spatial representation type
Spatial reference system
WGS 84 longitude-latitude (CRS:84)


Topic categories
Environment , Inland Waters
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Catchment Coull Nitrogen Phosphorus Pollution River Flow and Networks River Reach Sediment Tabular Water Quality