Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
Research article
24 Mar 2015
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2015

Riparian and in-stream controls on nutrient concentrations and fluxes in a headwater forested stream

S. Bernal, A. Lupon, M. Ribot, F. Sabater, and E. Martí


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AR by Susana Bernal on behalf of the Authors (29 Dec 2014)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jan 2015) by Tom J. Battin
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (30 Jan 2015)
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (28 Feb 2015)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (01 Mar 2015) by Tom J. Battin
AR by Susana Bernal on behalf of the Authors (03 Mar 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
Short summary
Terrestrial inputs are considered the major driver of longitudinal patterns of nutrient concentration. Yet we show that longitudinal trends result from hydrological mixing with terrestrial inputs and in-stream processes. We challenge the idea that nutrient concentrations decrease downstream when in-stream net uptake is high. Conversely, in-stream processes can strongly affect stream nutrient chemistry and fluxes even in the absence of consistent longitudinal trends in nutrient concentration.
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