Climate change and eutrophication risk thresholds in English rivers: report

Mike Bowes, Matt Charlton, Mike Hutchins, Nuria Bachiller-Jareno, Harriet Orr

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


Climate change is expected to alter water quality in rivers, but where and when this may happen is uncertain. This report describes a study of projected response in the amount of algal plant growth (phytoplankton biomass). Increasing algal growth is one of the ecological manifestations of eutrophication in slow flowing rivers, where the water starts to resemble a green soup. Eutrophication is a process in which too much nutrient
in water causes algae and higher plants to grow excessively.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEnvironment Agency
Commissioning bodyEnvironment Agency
Number of pages55
ISBN (Electronic)9781849114271
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • climate change
  • eutrophication risk
  • algal blooms
  • river flow
  • phosphorous
  • temperature
  • residence time


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