Since 2004 the Newcastle team has been involved in research to improve understanding of the dynamic importance of sources of metals pollution in river catchments, with the ultimate aim of identifying appropriate remediation measures.
A key to the research is a clear understanding of the possible sources of pollution, careful location of monitoring stations and synchronous flow and water quality measurements. The results of the work have repeatedly illustrated that diffuse sources of pollution (such as runoff from mine waste piles) can be a very important source of pollution, with implications for where to target treatment initiatives.
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