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Assessing ‘modern background sediment delivery to rivers’ across England and Wales and its use for catchment management

Collins, A. L., Foster, I. D. L., Zhang, Y., Gooday, R., Lee, D., Sear, D. A., Naden, P. S. and Jones, I. (2012) Assessing ‘modern background sediment delivery to rivers’ across England and Wales and its use for catchment management. In: Collins, A. L., Golosov, V., Horrowitz, A. J., Lu, X., Stone, M., Walling, D. E. and Zhang, X. (eds.) Collins, Adrian L, Golosov, V, Horrowitz, A J, Lu, X, Stone, M, Walling, D E and Zhang, X Erosion and Sediment Yields in the Changing Environment. Wallingford: IAHS Press. 9781907161339. pp. 125-131.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Abstract: Catchment sediment management across England and Wales continues to require alternative criteria to the existing guideline standard (an annual mean suspended sediment concentration of 25 mg L-1) provided by the European Union Freshwater Fish Directive. In response, a recent collaborative science project has investigated the scope for developing alternative catchment-specific sediment targets using an integrated modelling toolkit coupling sediment pressures from agriculture and impacts on aquatic biota, including fish and macroinvertebrates. Part of this work involved using palaeolimnological reconstruction to quantify “modern background sediment delivery to rivers” (MBSDR) across England and Wales, prior to recent agricultural intensification. It is proposed that the estimates of MBSDR can be used to assess the maximum ceiling of mitigation because no management strategy should aim to control background sediment loss arising from natural physiographic and hydrological drivers, and to correct the gap between past, present or future projected sediment pressures on watercourses and “good ecological status” for sediment
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sediment delivery, palaeolimnology, modelling, management, policy
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GB Physical geography > GB651 Hydrology. Water > GB980 Ground and surface waters > GB1201 Rivers. Stream measurements
Q Science > QE Geology > QE500 Dynamic and structural geology > QE571 Sedimentation and deposition
Q Science > QE Geology > QE1 General > QE39.5.P3 Paleolimnology
Creators: Collins, Adrian L, Foster, Ian D L, Zhang, Yusheng, Gooday, Richard, Lee, David, Sear, David A, Naden, Pamela S and Jones, Iwan
Editors: Collins, Adrian L, Golosov, V, Horrowitz, A J, Lu, X, Stone, M, Walling, D E and Zhang, X
Publisher: IAHS Press
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: Faculties > Faculty of Arts, Science & Technology > Environmental Science
Date: September 2012
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 125-131
Title of Book: Erosion and Sediment Yields in the Changing Environment
Event Title: International Association of Hydrological Sciences/International Commission on Continental Erosion (IAHS-ICCE) International Symposium: Erosion and Sediment Yields in the Changing Environment
Event Dates: 11-15 October 2012
Place of Publication: Wallingford
Event Location: Chengdu, China
Event Type: Conference
Number of Pages: 462
Language: English
ISBN: 9781907161339
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes
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URI: http://nectar.northampton.ac.uk/id/eprint/4667

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