This paper presents a simple model of the Rostherne Mere water catchment. The model allows calculation of water and elemental budgets on meteorological data using regressions derived from a monitoring data set. Estimates of yearly inputs and outputs of Ca, Mg, K and N suggest that the lake is currently acting as a sink for these elements. Comparison with earlier estimates shows an increase in N loading. High inputs of particulate P appear to be balanced by outputs of inorganic P, suggesting that the two may be coupled by certain physical and biogeochemical processes within the lake ecosystem, including adsorption to/desorption from particles, coprecipitation with various chemical compounds, uptake and excretion by biota, mineralisation and release from sediments.
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Research Article| October 01 2002
Water and Nutrient Budgeting of Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK
V. Krivtsovi, E. Bellinger, D. Sigee; Water and Nutrient Budgeting of Rostherne Mere, Cheshire, UK. Hydrology Research 1 October 2002; 33 (5): 391–414. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.2002.0015
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