The impact of sewage discharge in a marine embayment: A stable isotope reconnaissance

Waldron, S. , Tatner, P., Jack, I. and Arnott, C. (2001) The impact of sewage discharge in a marine embayment: A stable isotope reconnaissance. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, 52(1), pp. 111-115. (doi:10.1006/ecss.2000.0731)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1006/ecss.2000.0731

Abstract

Stable isotope analyses, delta C-13 and delta N-15, of sewage tolerant benthic invertebrates seaward of a sewage effluent discharged in a marine embayment, the Firth of Forth, East Scotland, suggest that the polychaete worm Nereis virens is a suitable species for identifying biological assimilation of sewage derived organic matter. The sewage isotopic signal is nor strongly recorded in the sediment due to the combined action of tidal movement, wind-induced wave action and benthic invertebrate grazing of particulate matter on the sea-bed. delta C-13 Of the plankton is significantly different from the effluent, but delta N-15 is not which precludes its use as a trace.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Waldron, Professor Susan
Authors: Waldron, S., Tatner, P., Jack, I., and Arnott, C.
Subjects:T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
Journal Name:Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science
ISSN:0272-7714

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