Articles | Volume 23, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3503–3524, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3503-2019
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 3503–3524, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-3503-2019

Research article 02 Sep 2019

Research article | 02 Sep 2019

Trajectories of nitrate input and output in three nested catchments along a land use gradient

Sophie Ehrhardt et al.

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This study shows quantitative and temporal offsets between nitrogen input and riverine output, using time series of three nested catchments in central Germany. The riverine concentrations show lagged reactions to the input, but at the same time exhibit strong inter-annual changes in the relationship between riverine discharge and concentration. The study found a strong retention of nitrogen that is dominantly assigned to a hydrological N legacy, which will affect future stream concentrations.