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|Title:||Present Limitations and Future Prospects of Stable Isotope Methods for Nitrate Source Identification in Surface- and Groundwater|
|Authors:||XUE Dongmei; BOTTE Jorin; DE BAETS Bernard; ACCOE Frederik; NESTLER Angelika; TAYLOR Philip; VAN CLEEMPUT Oswald; BERGLUND Michael; BOECKX Pascal|
|Citation:||WATER RESEARCH vol. 43 no. 5 p. 1159-1170|
|Publisher:||PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD|
|Type:||Articles in periodicals and books|
|Abstract:||Nitrate (NO3-) contamination of surface- and groundwater is an environmental problem in many regions of the world with intensive agriculture and high population densities. Knowledge of the sources of NO3- contamination in water is important for better managing water quality. Stable nitrogen (delta15N) and oxygen (delta18O) isotope data of NO3- have been frequently used to identify NO3- sources in water. This review gives a summary of typical delta15N- and delta18O-NO3- ranges of known NO3- sources, constraints and future outlooks to quantify NO3- sources and describes three analytical techniques for delta15N- and delta18O-NO3- determination.|
|JRC Directorate:||Health, Consumers and Reference Materials|
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