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The University of West Florida Campus Ecosystem Study: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Water Quality at Thompson Bayou

Department of Biology, University of West Florida, Pensacola, FL 32514, USA
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Academic Editors: Xing Fang, Jiangyong Hu, Suresh Sharma and Bommanna Krishnappan
Water 2022, 14(18), 2916; https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182916
Received: 6 July 2022 / Revised: 9 September 2022 / Accepted: 15 September 2022 / Published: 17 September 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Quality Modeling and Monitoring)
Much of our understanding of factors influencing stream chemistry comes from studies of montane forests, whereas far less work has focused on streams of coastal areas that integrate a homogeneous, flat topography and interactions with the bodies of water into which they drain, especially involving tidal fluxes. Fewer still do so in the context of an urban interface, especially that of a college campus. This study assessed the water quality of Thompson Bayou, a freshwater stream entering the University of West Florida campus in a wetland after flowing through the urban property with impacted water quality. We measured temperature, pH, dissolved O2 (DO), and specific conductivity (SC) for one year at eight sites along Thompson Bayou from campus to the Escambia River. All variables, except temperature, varied spatially, with consistent increases in DO and SC toward the river of 10% and 75%, respectively. Variables exhibited temporal patterns of significant seasonal variation, especially temperature, increasing from a January minimum of 14 °C to a summer maximum of 28 °C. These results suggest that, in general, the biogeochemistry of coastal streams such as Thompson Bayou can be influenced by numerous factors, including (1) wetland processes, (2) interactions of the stream channel with forested uplands, and (3) tidal fluxes. View Full-Text
Keywords: water quality monitoring; wetland ecosystem services; spatial variation; temporal variation water quality monitoring; wetland ecosystem services; spatial variation; temporal variation
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Gilliam, F.S.; Hardin, J.W.; Williams, J.A.; Lackaye, R.L. The University of West Florida Campus Ecosystem Study: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Water Quality at Thompson Bayou. Water 2022, 14, 2916. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182916

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Gilliam FS, Hardin JW, Williams JA, Lackaye RL. The University of West Florida Campus Ecosystem Study: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Water Quality at Thompson Bayou. Water. 2022; 14(18):2916. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182916

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Gilliam, Frank S., Jacob W. Hardin, Jacob A. Williams, and Rachel L. Lackaye. 2022. "The University of West Florida Campus Ecosystem Study: Spatial and Temporal Variation in Water Quality at Thompson Bayou" Water 14, no. 18: 2916. https://doi.org/10.3390/w14182916

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