Bowes, M.J.; Armstrong, L.K.; Wickham, H.D.; Harman, S.A.; Gozzard, E.; Roberts, C.; Scarlett, P.M.

Weekly water quality data from the River Thames and its major tributaries (2009-2013) [CEH Thames Initiative]

This data set comprises of weekly water quality monitoring data of seven sites along the River Thames, UK, and fifteen of its major tributaries from February 2009 to February 2013. Parameters measured were phosphorus and nitrogen species, dissolved reactive silicon, water temperature, pH, Gran alkalinity, suspended solids, chlorophyll and major dissolved anions (fluoride, chloride, bromide, sulphate) and cations (sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, boron). Dissolved and total iron, manganese, zinc, copper concentrations have also been produced from August 2010 to February 2013. The accompanying daily river flow data are also supplied.

Samples were taken as part of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's Thames Initiative monitoring programme.

Publication date: 2017-02-13

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

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

You must cite: Bowes, M.J.; Armstrong, L.K.; Wickham, H.D.; Harman, S.A.; Gozzard, E.; Roberts, C.; Scarlett, P.M. (2017). Weekly water quality data from the River Thames and its major tributaries (2009-2013) [CEH Thames Initiative]. NERC Environmental Information Data Centre.


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Study area
Temporal extent
2009-03-02    to    2013-02-25

Provenance & quality

All water samples were collected by fieldworkers from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH), Wallingford. All chemical analysis was carried out by the Nutrient Chemistry Laboratories at CEH Wallingford. Daily mean flow data that accompany the data set were produced by the Environment Agency, and downloaded from the National River Flow Archive in January 2017.

Interpretation of this data set can be found in the following papers:

[1] Bowes MJ, Gozzard E, Johnson AC, Scarlett PM, Roberts C, Read DS, et al. Spatial and temporal changes in chlorophyll-a concentrations in the River Thames basin, UK: Are phosphorus concentrations beginning to limit phytoplankton biomass? Sci Total Environ (2012) 426: 45-55.
[2] Bowes MJ, Jarvie HP, Naden PS, Old GH, Scarlett PM, Roberts C, et al. Identifying priorities for nutrient mitigation using river concentration-flow relationships: The Thames basin, UK. J of Hydrol (2014) 517: 1-12.
[3] Bowes MJ, Loewenthal M, Read DS, Hutchins MG, Prudhomme C, Armstrong LK, et al. Identifying multiple stressor controls on phytoplankton dynamics in the River Thames (UK) using high-frequency water quality data. Sci Total Environ (2016) 569-570: 1489-1499.

Supplemental information

This dataset is referenced in:

Bowes, M. J., Armstrong, L. K., Harman, S. A., Wickham, H. D., Nicholls, D. J. E., Scarlett, P. M., … Read, D. S. (2018). Weekly water quality monitoring data for the River Thames (UK) and its major tributaries (2009–2013): the Thames Initiative research platform. Earth System Science Data, 10(3), 1637-1653
Hutchins, M. G., Abesser, C., Prudhomme, C., Elliott, J. A., Bloomfield, J. P., Mansour, M. M., & Hitt, O. E. (2018). Combined impacts of future land-use and climate stressors on water resources and quality in groundwater and surface waterbodies of the upper Thames river basin, UK. Science of The Total Environment, 631–632, 962–986.

Correspondence/contact details

Dr. Mike Bowes
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Benson Lane, Crowmarsh Gifford,
OX10 0LR


Bowes, M.J.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Armstrong, L.K.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Wickham, H.D.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Harman, S.A.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Gozzard, E.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Roberts, C.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
Scarlett, P.M.
Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Other contacts

Environmental Information Data Centre
NERC Environmental Information Data Centre

Additional metadata

Topic categories
Inland Waters , Environment
Environmental risk Thames,  Water quality
Spatial representation type
Tabular (text)
Spatial reference systems
OSGB 1936 / British National Grid
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