Articles | Volume 23, issue 4
Research article
08 Apr 2019
Research article |  | 08 Apr 2019

Anthropogenic and catchment characteristic signatures in the water quality of Swiss rivers: a quantitative assessment

Martina Botter, Paolo Burlando, and Simone Fatichi

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The study focuses on the solute export from rivers with the purpose of discerning the impacts of anthropic activities and catchment characteristics on water quality. The results revealed a more detectable impact of the anthropic activities than of the catchment characteristics. The solute export follows different dynamics depending on catchment characteristics and mainly on solute-specific properties. The export modality is consistent across different catchments only for a minority of solutes.