Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1637–1653, 2018
Earth Syst. Sci. Data, 10, 1637–1653, 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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Cited articles

Amos, G. C. A., Gozzard, E., Carter, C. E., Mead, A., Bowes, M. J., Hawkey, P. M., Zhang, L., Singer, A. C., Gaze, W. H., and Wellington, E. M. H.: Validated predictive modelling of the environmental resistome, ISME J., 9, 1467–1476,, 2015. 
Bell, V. A., Kay, A. L., Cole, S. J., Jones, R. G., Moore, R. J., and Reynard, N. S.: How might climate change affect river flows across the Thames Basin? An area-wide analysis using the UKCP09 Regional Climate Model ensemble, J. Hydrol., 442–443, 89–104, 2012. 
Bowes, M. J., Smith, J. T., Jarvie, H. P., and Neal, C.: Modelling of phosphorus inputs to rivers from diffuse and point sources, Sci. Total Environ., 395, 125–138, 2008. 
Bowes, M. J., Smith, J. T., and Neal, C.: The value of high-resolution nutrient monitoring: A case study of the River Frome, Dorset, UK, J. Hydrol., 378, 82–96, 2009. 
Bowes, M. J., Lehmann, K., Jarvie, H. P., and Singer, A. C.: Investigating periphyton response to changing phosphorus concentrations in UK rivers using within-river flumes. In: BHS Third International Symposium, Managing Consequences of a Changing Global Environment, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 2010. 
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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.