The impact of year-to-year changes in the weather on the seasonal dynamics of lakes

George, Glen (2005) The impact of year-to-year changes in the weather on the seasonal dynamics of lakes. Freshwater Forum, (23), pp. 8-19.

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Abstract

Year-to-year changes in the weather have a pronounced effect on the quality of the water abstracted from many reservoirs in the UK. In upland reservoirs, the most common weather-related problem is the appearance of coloured water following dry summers and the re-wetting of peat during the winter (Naden & McDonald 1989; George 2000). In lowland reservoirs, the most serious weather-related issue is the growth of bloom- forming species of algae during warm, calm summers (National Rivers Authority 1989). Both of these problems are likely to get worse as the climate becomes warmer and extreme variations in the weather become more common. In this article, the authors describe some of the ways in which recent changes in the weather have influenced the quality of the water stored in a large reservoir in the south-east of England. The reservoir selected for study is the Queen Elizabeth II (QEII), a bankside reservoir situated in the Thames valley. The quality of water stored in this reservoir is generally very good but summer blooms of algae have become increasingly common in recent years.

Item Type: Article
Title: The impact of year-to-year changes in the weather on the seasonal dynamics of lakes
Personal Creator/Author:
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George, Glen
Refereed: No
Journal or Publication Title: Freshwater Forum
Number: 23
Page Range: pp. 8-19
Date: 2005
ISSN: 0961-4664
Issuing Agency: Freshwater Biological Association
Subjects: Atmospheric Sciences
Ecology
Limnology
Item ID: 4704
Depositing User: Hardy B Schwamm
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2011 12:47
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:03
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/4704

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