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UK meres TP dataset

EDDI dataset codeSCM
Dataset typeTP
Number of samples33
Collection date1993
ContributorHelen Bennion
ContactHelen Bennion

This dataset includes 33 lakes from the Cheshire and Shropshire meres region of the English Midlands. They are all relatively small, shallow, lowland waterbodies. All lakes are alkaline and nutrient-rich with base-rich geology. Surface sediment samples were collected during February 1993 by University College London and diatoms were counted by Helen Bennion. These sites form part of a larger diatom-total phosphorus training set of 152 NW European lakes (Bennion et al., 1996) and have also been used to develop a chironomid-total phosphorus inference model (Brooks et al., 2001). Palaeolimnological studies have been undertaken at a number of these sites (e.g. Bennion et al., 1997, Brooks et al., 2001).

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  • Summary of environmental data for this dataset:
    Maximum depth of lakem330.929.57.08
    pHpH units337.098.217.7
    Secchi depthm330.43.11.22
    Soluable reactive phosphorus痢/l334.73907141
    Total phosphorus痢/l3372.91169289
    Water depth of diatom samplem330.929.57.08

    Publications for this dataset:

    Bennion, H., Juggins, S. & Anderson, N. J. (1996a) Predicting epilimnetic phosphorus concentrations using an improved diatom-based transfer function and its application to lake eutrophication management. Environmental Science and Technology, 30, 2004-2007.

    Bennion, H., Monteith, D.T. & Appleby, P.G. (1997c) Nutrient reconstructions in standing waters. Final report to English Nature by ENSIS Ltd. Environmental Change Research Centre, Research Report No. 37, University College London.

    Brooks S.J., Bennion, H. & Birks, H.J.B. (2001). Tracing lake trophic history with a chironomid-total phosphorus inference model. Freshwater Biology, 46, 513-533.