ABSTRACT

Hydrological measurements are essential for the interpretation of water quality data and for water resource management. Variations in hydrological conditions have important effects on water quality. In rivers, such factors as the discharge of water passing through a cross-section of the river in a unit of time), the velocity of flow, turbulence and depth will influence water quality. For example, the water in a stream that is in flood and experienciencinguce is likely to be of poorer quality than when the stream is flowing under quiescent conditions. This is clearly illustrated by the example of the hysteresis effect in river suspended sediments during storm events (see Figure 13.2). Discharge estimates are also essential when calculating pollutanlatings as where rivers cross international boundaries or enter the sea. In lakes, the residence time (see section 2.1.1), depth and stratification are the mainficationing water quality. A deep lake with a long residence time and a stratified water column is more likely to have anoxic conditions at the bottom than will a small lake with a short residence time and an unstratified water column.