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Volume 2, Pages 1017-1021
Short Communication

Effective Monitoring of Small River Basins

Hydrological Department, University of Trier, FB VI-Hydrologie, D-54286 Trier, Germany

Received 17 August 2001; Revised 8 February 2002; Accepted 8 February 2002

Copyright © 2002 W. Symader et al.


As the transport of many pollutants occurs during high floods monitoring programs must focus on these intermittent events. In small rivers the pollutants start their travel as short pulses often associated with fine particles, but disperse on their way downstreams. Therefore the chemical data of a flood event are only representative of a small part of the basin adjacent to the monitoring station. This is usually not taken into account by evaluating water quality data.