Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1637–1653, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1637-2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1637–1653, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/essd-10-1637-2018

Review article 11 Sep 2018

Review article | 11 Sep 2018

Weekly water quality monitoring data for the River Thames (UK) and its major tributaries (2009–2013): the Thames Initiative research platform

Michael J. Bowes et al.

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Weekly water quality data from the River Thames and its major tributaries (2009-2013) [CEH Thames Initiative] M. J. Bowes, L. K. Armstrong, H. D. Wickham, S. A. Harman, E. Gozzard, C. Roberts, and P. M. Scarlett https://doi.org/10.5285/e4c300b1-8bc3-4df2-b23a-e72e67eef2fd

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The water quality of the River Thames (UK) and its major tributaries has been monitored at weekly intervals since 2009. This monitoring captures changes in the water quality during a period of rapid change, related to increasing pressures (due to growing human population, increasing water demand, and climate change) and improvements in sewage treatment and agricultural practices. This study has shown that improvements in water quality have been principally due to sewage treatment improvements.