Title: The Use of Isotopes for Improved Management of Nitrate Pollution in Aqueous Resources
Editors: DUTA Steluta
ACCOE Frederik
TAYLOR Philip
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2008
JRC Publication N°: JRC49270
ISBN: 978-92-79-11070-2
ISSN: 1018-5593
Other Identifiers: EUR 23658 EN
OPOCE LA-NA-23658-EN-C
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC49270
DOI: 10.2787/96612
Type: EUR - Scientific and Technical Research Reports
Abstract: The objective of this report is to show how isotope data can lead to source apportionment or detection of natural attenuation of nitrate pollution in surface and groundwater, how it is complementary to existing water quality monitoring data and how it enables those involved in the implementation of environmental policy to develop more effective remedial measures and management strategies. The report describes when and how to set up such studies, what can be expected as outcome and describes the benefits and limitations. The above topics are demonstrated via a number of case studies conducted in Europe where isotope data lead to a better understanding of the origin, degree of natural attenuation or transport processes of nitrate pollution in surface or ground water. One of its objectives is also to create awareness with environmental managers about the potential offered by the use of isotope data when tackling the environmental management of nitrate contamination in ground and surface water.
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