Land use and water quality

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  • Brian Kronvang
  • Frank Wendland, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany
  • Karel Kovar, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands
  • Dico Fraters, National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Netherlands

The interaction between land use and water quality is of great importance worldwide as agriculture has been proven to exert a huge pressure on the quality of groundwater and surface waters due to excess losses of nutrients (nitrogen and phosphorous) through leaching and erosion processes. These losses result in, inter alia, high nitrate concentrations in groundwater and eutrophication of rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Combatting especially non-point losses of nutrients has been a hot topic for river basin managers worldwide, and new important mitigation measures to reduce the input of nutrients into groundwater and surface waters at the pollution source have been developed and implemented in many countries. This Special Issue of the Land use andWater Quality conference series (LuWQ) includes a total of 11 papers covering topics such as: (i) nitrogen surplus; (ii) protection of groundwater from pollution; (iii) nutrient sources of pollution and dynamics in catchments and (iv) new technologies for monitoring, mapping and analysing water quality.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2412
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 2020

    Research areas

  • Land use, Management, Mitigation measures, Monitoring and mapping technologies, Nutrients, Surplus, Water quality

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