Durance, I.; Feeley, H.B.; Gutierrez-Canovas, C.

Water chemistry of Welsh upland rivers (2012-2013)

These data consist of stream water chemistry for selected Welsh upland rivers. The sampling sites were located in sixty one small and medium catchments. Catchments were chosen from the Welsh Acid Water Surveys (WAWS) program (41 sites) and the Wye catchment (20 sites). Results for pH, alkalinity, conductivity and major cation and anion measurements are presented for the WAWS catchments. Results for pH, alkalinity, conductivity and major anion measurements are presented for the Wye catchment. Samples from the Wye catchment were collected in May 2012. Samples from the WAWS catchments were taken during the summer and autumn of 2012 and spring and summer of 2013.

The data were collected to characterise water chemistry variation along a gradient of aquatic biodiversity associated with different environmental settings for example land-use intensify and recovery from acidification. Dr Isabelle Durance was responsible for organising the surveys, Dr Hugh Feeley was in charge of collecting and preserving the water samples. Analysis of the water samples was carried out at the Forest Research Laboratories. The work was carried out under Diversity in Upland Rivers for Ecosystem Service Sustainability (DURESS) project (Grant reference NERC NE/J014818/1). DURESS was a project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) programme.

Publication date: 2017-04-20

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This dataset is made available under the terms of the Open Government Licence

Format of the data: Comma-separated values (CSV)

You must cite: Durance, I.; Feeley, H.B.; Gutierrez-Canovas, C. (2017). Water chemistry of Welsh upland rivers (2012-2013). NERC Environmental Information Data Centre. https://doi.org/10.5285/d329ca18-c3d8-49f0-b2fd-5243d76dc650


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Study area
Temporal extent
2012-05-01    to    2013-09-30

Provenance & quality

Filtered and unfiltered water samples were collected in situ using standardised procedures. Samples were then sent to the Forest Research Laboratory to be analysed for pH, alkalinity, conductivity, major anions and cations. Results were entered into an Excel spreadsheet. Data were exported as comma separated files for ingestion into the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC)


Correspondence/contact details

Dr Isabelle Durance
Cardiff University
Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue
CF10 3AX


Durance, I.
Cardiff University
Feeley, H.B.
Cardiff University
Gutierrez-Canovas, C.
Cardiff University

Other contacts

NERC EDS Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre
Rights Holder
Cardiff University

Additional metadata

Topic categories
acidity,  aquatic invertebrates,  benthic community,  DURESS,  land-use,  Wales
Environmental Monitoring Facilities
Natural Environment Research Council Award: NE/J014818/1
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference system
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
Last updated
20 May 2022 10:41