Mississippi State University
Hatten, Jeff A.
Date of Degree
Graduate Thesis - Open Access
Headwater watersheds initiate material export to downstream environments. A nested headwater study examined the flux and source of dissolved constituents and water from a perennial stream and four ephemeral/intermittent streams in the Upper Gulf Coastal Plain, Mississippi. Water was collected during storm and baseflow conditions. Multiple linear regression was used to model constituent concentration and calculate flux. Source of water was determined using principle components analysis and end-member mixing analysis. Rain was the major source of water discharged from the ephemeral and intermittent streams, while groundwater was the major source for water discharged by the perennial stream during events. Baseflow from both stream types was dominated by groundwater sources. The perennial stream had an area weighted average yields of 10.1, 0.01, 1.0, 0.6, and 0.03 kg-1 ha-1 yr-1 of DON, NO3--N, NH4+-N, PO4-3, and DOC,respectively. This research highlights the interaction of source water and dissolved constituent flux.
Mangum, Clay Nicholas, "Flux and Source of Dissolved Organic and Inorganic Constituents in Managed Headwaters of the Upper Gulf Coastal Plain, Mississippi" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 2315.