Evaluation of methods and uncertanties in the chemical budget

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Edited by: Thomas C. Winter and Gene E. Likens



This chapter examines the uncertainties inherent in the water and chemical budgets of the lake in relation to the differences between chemical mass change in storage and to the balance between solute inputs and solute outputs associated with water fluxes. It begins by discussing uncertainty in the water budgets used to determine chemical budgets. It then examines uncertainties in chemical analyses of precipitation samples, surface water samples, and groundwater samples. It also discusses alternative approaches to determining chemical budgets. It describes the methods used to calculate chemical mass input from the tributaries, chemical mass loss by surface outflow, chemical mass input from groundwater, and chemical mass loss by flow through groundwater.

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Publication type Book chapter
Publication Subtype Book Chapter
Title Evaluation of methods and uncertanties in the chemical budget
DOI 10.1525/california/9780520261198.003.0005
Volume 2
Year Published 2009
Language English
Publisher University of California Press
Contributing office(s) Office of Ground Water
Description 75 p.
Larger Work Type Book
Larger Work Title Mirror Lake: interactions among air, land, and water
First page 225
Last page 300
Country United States
State California
Other Geospatial Mirror Lake, Yosemite National Park
Online Only (Y/N) N
Additional Online Files (Y/N) N