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Title: Nutrient dynamics in Mediterranean temporary streams: A case study in Pardiela catchment (Degebe River, Portugal)
Authors: Lillebø, Ana Isabel 
Morais, Manuela 
Guilherme, Pedro 
Fonseca, Rita 
Serafim, António 
Neves, Ramiro 
Keywords: Temporary streams; Nitrogen; Phosphorus; Sediment profiles; Mediterranean
Issue Date: 2007
Citation: Limnologica - Ecology and Management of Inland Waters. 37:4 (2007) 337-348
Abstract: Most of the streams in the Mediterranean region are temporary, following predictable seasonal of flooding and drying, with a transition from lotic conditions to shallow lentic conditions. The goal of our study was to assess the nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in channel-bed processes of temporary streams between floods. Results show that, during winter, temperatures ranged between 9.5 and 11.2 °C and oxygen concentration ranged from 8.0 to 9.5 mg L-1, whereas, during summer, temperatures varied between 21.2 and 26.8 °C and oxygen between 1.2 and 5.3 mg L-1, with oxygen depletion in the pools during the night. The nitrate concentrations were far more abundant during winter (February), while ammonium concentration increased after stream fragmentation into pools (especially in July when oxygen depletion conditions favoured ammonification). Results on sediment profiles showed that the most active sediment layers for NH4-N are the top 2-3 cm, corresponding to the sediment depositional sites of the stream. Phosphate concentrations had larger variability, yet concentrations decreased from winter to spring and increased again in summer, when the shallow water pools were formed. Sediment profiles at the sediment depositional sites showed that PO4-P was more dynamic in the first 6 cm.
DOI: 10.1016/j.limno.2007.05.002
Rights: openAccess
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