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Volume 20, issue 7
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2679–2689, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2679-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 2679–2689, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-20-2679-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 08 Jul 2016

Research article | 08 Jul 2016

Can mussels be used as sentinel organisms for characterization of pollution in urban water systems?

Elke S. Reichwaldt and Anas Ghadouani

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ED: Publish as is (15 Jun 2016) by Alberto Guadagnini
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We assessed if nitrogen stable isotopes in mussels are a suitable indicator, capable of resolving spatial and temporal variability of nutrient pollution in an urban estuary. Our results highlight the value of using stable isotope analysis as an integrative tool to establish an understanding of local processes and pollution levels in theses urban aquatic systems. We suggest that mussels can become a robust tool for the detection of emerging anthropogenic pollutants of concern in urban water systems.
We assessed if nitrogen stable isotopes in mussels are a suitable indicator, capable of...
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