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Gietmann, L. (2016): <b>Identifikation und Analyse lokaler und saisonaler Einflussfaktoren auf die N&auml;hrstofffrachten eines ecuadorianischen Hochgebirgs&ouml;kosystems</b> University of Giessen - Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management , <i>bachelor thesis</i>

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Title: Identifikation und Analyse lokaler und saisonaler Einflussfaktoren auf die Nährstofffrachten eines ecuadorianischen Hochgebirgsökosystems
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Publication Date: 2016-03-03
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Individual: Lisa Gietmann
This report examines the impact of climate changes and variations in land use based on water samples taken from the alpine grassland ecosystem Páramo in the South of Ecuador. For this purpose, two monitoring points were identified, which hold a different level of anthropogenic influences. Predominantly, the Virgin area exists of natural Páramo. In contrast, the area of Chirimachay is by far more versatile since its components are natural Páramo, nature forest, livestock as well as trout farming.<br/> In order to analyse the climate in a diurnal and seasonal cycle, date of temperature and precip-itation has been evaluated. For the purpose of this report, fluxes of nitrogen-nitrate (N-NO3), chemical and biochemical oxygen demand (COD / BOD) and turbidity were analysed. In order to examine the fluxes, concentrations of the mentioned parameters were measured in a five minutes routine in the first step. Afterwards, they were multiplied with current discharge data.<br/> Analysis of the data does not illustrate a correlation between nutrient fluxes and air temperature. In terms of precipitation, however, it was possible to identify a relation to COB and BOD (given R=0,829 each in Chirimachay area) by using a linear correlation matrix. Additionally, in the Chirimachay area, evidence for a relation between precipitation and turbidity was found. Even though there is no linear correlation between N-NO3 and precipitation, it is still possible that there is another relation based on the characteristics of moving in soil during different environ-mental conditions.<br/> Furthermore, land use has different effects on each parameter. By using scatter plots and statis-tical tests it was possible to analyse the extent of differences in fluxes due to the specific land use. Therefore, N-NO3 fluxes are not influenced while COD, BOD, and on a minor scale, tur-bidity, are correlating to each other.
| N-cycle | hydrology | seasonality | nutrient export |
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Degree: bachelor
Degree Institution: University of Giessen - Institute of Landscape Ecology and Resources Management
Total Pages: 46
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Individual: David Windhorst
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