Steady state and dynamic modelling of nitrogen in the River Kennet: impacts of land use change since the 1930s

P.G. Whitehead, Penny J. Johnes, D. Butterfield

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Steady state and dynamic models have been developed and applied to the River Kennet system. Annual nitrogen exports from the land surface to the river have been estimated based on land use from the 1930s and the 1990s. Long term modelled trends indicate that there has been a large increase in nitrogen transport into the river system driven by increased fertiliser application associated with increased cereal production, increased population and increased livestock levels. The dynamic model INCA Integrated Nitrogen in Catchments. has been applied to simulate the day-to-day transport of N from the terrestrial ecosystem to the riverine environment. This process-based model generates spatial and temporal data and reproduces the observed instream concentrations. Applying the model to current land use and 1930s land use indicates that there has been a major shift in the short term dynamics since the 1930s, with increased river and groundwater concentrations caused by both non-point source pollution from agriculture and point source discharges. ?
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)417-434
Number of pages18
JournalScience of The Total Environment
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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