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Soils and Water Quality

Daly, K., Richards, K., Mellander, P.-E., Jordan, P., Ó hUallacháin, D., Sheriff, S., Vero, S. E. and Fenton, O. (2018) Soils and Water Quality. In: Soils of Ireland. (Eds: Creamer, R. and O’Sullivan, L.), Springer International Publishing, Cham, pp. 235-243. ISBN 978-3-319-71189-8 [Book section]

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URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71189-8_16

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-71189-8_16

Abstract

Ireland has a diverse physical landscape of upland and lowland inland waters represented by 13,200km of river and 12,000 lakes framed by an estimated 3171km of coastline providing a range of freshwater ecosystem services. The quality and quantity of water flowing through Ireland's inland and coastal waters are determined by the complex interaction of anthropogenic activities with soil and climate. It is the mosaic of soils that characterise the catchment draining a waterbody that regulates the flow of water through a catchment and the movement of nutrients and contaminants. In this chapter, we describe the role of soil as the matrix through which, water and contaminants can be transported and retained within the Irish landscape, and the impacts on water quality in Ireland. Here we reference current water quality policies relating to diffuse of pollution from soils and describe processes and functions identified in Irish soils that influence nutrient and sediment transport to affect water quality in Ireland.

Item Type:Book section
Keywords:.
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Freshwater Sciences
ID Code:39887
Deposited By: Professor Phil Jordan
Deposited On:07 Apr 2018 09:24
Last Modified:07 Apr 2018 09:24

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