Investigation of Eutrophication Processes in the Littoral Zones of Western Irish Lakes

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Eutrophication, or nutrient enrichment, can refer to natural successional processes in the historical development of lake ecosystems. However, nowadays this term is usually synonymous with what was once referred to as artificial or cultural eutrophication. Earlier in this century limnologists in their attempts to adopt a classification system for lakes introduced the terms ?oligotrophic?, ?mesotrophic? and ?eutrophic? to represent lakes they found to be nutrient poor, moderately rich in nutrients and rich in nutrients respectively. This terminology is now widely used, though definitions can vary among authors. Likewise, the implied relationships to primary production, by algae and other forms of aquatic plant life, are often somewhat tenuously linked to the criteria used in defining lake ecosystems.

Changes in lakes that result from eutrophication can include direct effects on the composition and productivity of planktonic algal communities. Likewise, indirect effects on the various other elements of the ecosystem can include shifts in species composition of microbial, plant and animal communities and effects on fundamental ecological processes. Changes in the physico-chemical parameters, such as deoxygenation of the deeper water layers, can occur in eutrophicated lakes if they become thermally stratified in summer months. Effects of enrichment on lake littoral zones have been less well researched generally, than have those in the open waters and profundal areas of lakes.
In Ireland artificial eutrophication of lakes has become a significant problem since the 1960?s. Various management measures have been adopted to limit the environmental consequences of enrichment of freshwater habitats. Control of many major point sources of pollution is, for example through improved sewage treatment facilities, being progressively achieved. However, diffuse sources of pollution, including agricultural sources of phosphorus, have been less effectively limited. Consequently, eutrophication still remains a major source of concern in Ireland, as it is similarly on a global scale.

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Dr. T.K. McCarthy
NUI Galway

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Author(s)McCarthy, T.
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Publication InformationInvestigation of Eutrophication Processes in the Littoral Zones of Western Irish Lakes
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Resource KeywordsEutrophication, Littoral Zones, Western Ireland
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeWater Quality
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Project Start Date Sunday 14th January 1996 (14-01-1996)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 14th January 1996 (14-01-1996)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Sunday 12th December 1999 (12-12-1999)
Published on SAFERThursday 25th August 2011 (25-08-2011)
Date of Last EditThursday 25th August 2011 at 14:40:09 (25-08-2011)
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This project was undertaken with a view to providing comprehensive ecological assessments of the status of six large western Irish lakes (Loughs Carrowmore, 960ha, Conn, 5000ha, Cullin, 1100ha, Carra, 1500ha, Mask, 8000ha and Corrib, 17000ha) and to make recommendations on how they might be monitored in future.

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This project has been undertaken as part of the Environmental Monitoring, R&D subprogramme of the Operational Programme for Environmental Services, 1994-1999 and has been part financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund. The sub-programme is administered on behalf of the Department of the Environment by the Environmental Protection Agency, which has the statutory function of co-ordinating and promoting environmental research.
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