A method for reconstructing past lake water phosphorus concentrations using sediment geochemical records

Moyle, Madeleine and Boyle, John F ORCID: 0000-0002-1172-1079
(2021) A method for reconstructing past lake water phosphorus concentrations using sediment geochemical records. JOURNAL OF PALEOLIMNOLOGY, 65 (4). pp. 461-478.

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<jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>An existing steady state model of lake phosphorus (P) budgets has been adapted to allow reconstruction of long-term average historic lake water total phosphorus (TP) concentrations using lake sediment records of P burial. This model can be applied without site-specific parameterisation, thus potentially having universal application. In principle, it is applicable at any site where there is both a sediment P burial record and knowledge of the current water budget, although we advise caution applying it to problematic sediment records. Tested at six published case study sites, modelled lake water TP concentrations agree well with water-quality monitoring data, and limited testing finds good agreement with wholly independent diatom inferred lake water TP. Our findings, together with a review of the literature, suggest that well preserved lake sediments can usefully record a long-term average P burial rate from which the long-term mean lake water TP can be reliably estimated. These lake water TP reconstructions can provide meaningful site-specific reference values to support decision making in lake eutrophication management, including establishing targets for lake restoration.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Retention coefficient, Lake sediment geochemistry, TP reconstruction, Nutrient baselines, Mass balance model, Phosphorus
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2021 16:17
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 23:00
DOI: 10.1007/s10933-021-00174-0
Open Access URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10933-021-00174-0
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URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3115570