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Pure Appl. Chem., 2012, Vol. 84, No. 10, pp. 1973-1982

Published online 2012-06-24

More with less: Advances in flow and paper‑based monitoring of nutrients in aquatic systems

Ian D. McKelvie1,2*, Spas D. Kolev1 and Paul J. Worsfold2

1 School of Chemistry, The University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Australia
2 School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of Plymouth, Plymouth PL48AA, UK

Abstract: This paper highlights the importance of the collection of data that is of suitable quality and of appropriate frequency and/or spatial intensity for the monitoring of aquatic systems. The advantages of automated techniques, such as flow analysis, in monitoring are emphasized, as is the selection of parameters that address the objectives of monitoring. The potential of nascent microfluidic and paper-based analytical techniques as tools for water quality monitoring is examined.