Distribution and behaviour of dissolved Cu, Zn and Mn in the Tamar estuary, south west England (1976-1985)

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Data holding centrePlymouth Marine Laboratory
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodFrom October 1976 to February 1985
Geographical area

Tamar Estuary, Plymouth, south west England


Dissolved oxygen parameters in the water column; Dissolved metal concentrations in the water column; Salinity of the water column; Temperature of the water column; Concentration of suspended particulate material in the water column; Alkalinity, acidity and pH of the water column


Discrete water samplers; particulates samplers; salinity sensor; electron microprobes; spectrophotometers; dissolved gas sensors


Concentrations of dissolved Cu, Mn and Zn were recorded together with salinity, suspended particle load, dissolved oxygen and pH, in twenty-two transects of the Tamar estuary, south west England, carried out between 1976 and 1985. Fourteen surveys were carried out between October 1976 and February 1981 under various environmental conditions and at various times relative to the semidiurnal tide. Sampling was most frequent during 1977 when approximately monthly sampling was carried out. Two sets of four transects were carried out in the summer of 1984 and the winter of 1985. Water was pumped from a depth of 0.5m using a submersible (Flygt B2040) centrifugal pump through a constant levelled reservoir which held the detecting sensors for the determination of salinity, chloride ion, temperature, suspended particle load, dissolved oxygen and pH. A subsidiary flow was used to obtain samples for metal analysis.

OriginatorsPlymouth Marine Laboratory

Ackroyd, D.R., Bale, A.J., Howland, R.J.M., Knox, S., Millward, G.E. and Morris, A.W. (1986) Distributions and Behaviour of Dissolved Cu, Zn and Mn in the Tamar estuary., Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Vol 23(5): 621-640.; Morris, A.W., Bale, A.J. and Howland, R.J.M. (1982) The dynamics of estuarine manganese cycling., Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science, Vol 14(2): 175-192.

OrganisationPlymouth Marine Laboratory
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Plymouth Marine Laboratory
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Last revised2009-10-19