Dissolved oxygen dynamics in drainage ditches along a eutrophication gradient

Gea H. van der Lee*, Ralf C.M. Verdonschot, Michiel H.S. Kraak, Piet F.M. Verdonschot

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The impact of eutrophication on the functioning of drainage ditch ecosystems is understudied. Therefore, we performed a field study to quantify the dissolved oxygen dynamics of ditches at different depths and seasons along a eutrophication gradient. During summer, a clear distinction in daily variation in dissolved oxygen saturation of the top water layer was observed between the trophic states. We recommend including dissolved oxygen dynamics as a functional parameter in drainage ditch monitoring programmes.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)28-31
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018


  • Dissolved oxygen saturation
  • Ecosystem functioning
  • Monitoring
  • Primary production
  • Respiration
  • Water quality


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