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Environmental Monitoring and Assessment

Sébastien Rapinel, Laurence Hubert-Moy, Bernard Clément, Edward Maltby
Wetland functional assessment is commonly conducted based on field observations, and thus, is generally limited to small areas. However, there is often a need for wetland managers to obtain information on wetland functional performance over larger areas. For this purpose, we are proposing a new field-based functional assessment procedure in which wetland functions are evaluated and classified into hydrogeomorphic units according to a multi-criteria analysis approach. Wetland-related geographic information system layers derived from Earth observation data (LiDAR, multispectral and radar data) are used in this study for a large-scale functional evaluation...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Bozena Karbowska
Thallium is released into the biosphere from both natural and anthropogenic sources. It is generally present in the environment at low levels; however, human activity has greatly increased its content. Atmospheric emission and deposition from industrial sources have resulted in increased concentrations of thallium in the vicinity of mineral smelters and coal-burning facilities. Increased levels of thallium are found in vegetables, fruit and farm animals. Thallium is toxic even at very low concentrations and tends to accumulate in the environment once it enters the food chain...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Xiaojin Qian, Liang Liang, Qiu Shen, Qin Sun, Lianpeng Zhang, Zhixiao Liu, Shuhe Zhao, Zhihao Qin
Drought is a type of natural disaster that has the most significant impacts on agriculture. Regional drought monitoring based on remote sensing has become popular due to the development of remote sensing technology. In this study, vegetation condition index (VCI) data recorded from 1982 to 2010 in agricultural areas of China were obtained from advanced very high resolution radiometer (AVHRR) data, and the temporal and spatial variations in each drought were analyzed. The relationships between drought and climate factors were also analyzed...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Osvalda De Giglio, Giovanna Barbuti, Paolo Trerotoli, Silvia Brigida, Angelantonio Calabrese, Giuseppe Di Vittorio, Grazia Lovero, Giuseppina Caggiano, Vito Felice Uricchio, Maria Teresa Montagna
This study represents the first investigation of microbiological groundwater pollution as a function of aquifer type and season for the Apulia region of southern Italy. Two hundred and seven wells were randomly selected from those monitored by the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection for emergency use. Both compulsory (Escherichia coli, Total Coliform, and Enterococci) and optional (Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella spp., Heterotrophic Plate Count at 37 and 22 °C) microbiological parameters were assessed regularly at these wells...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Ryszard Świetlik, Marzena Trojanowska, Bożena Karbowska, Włodzimierz Zembrzuski
Speciation of volatile metals Cd, Pb, and Tl in fly ashes (FAs) produced from burning of hard coal in stocker-fired boilers (SFBs) was studied. Two grain fractions of fly ash collected in a multicyclone and battery cyclone of the systems of dust separation from three SFB units operating in various urban heating plants were analyzed. The characteristic feature of speciation of the three metals was a large share of labile fractions: Cd (av. 46.1 %), Pb (av. 39.8 %), and Tl (av. 21.6 %). The fraction which most clearly reflected the different chemical properties of the investigated metals was the oxidizable fraction: F(4)-Cd-0 %, F(4)-Pb-av...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Toby M Michelena, Jeremy L Farrell, David A Winkler, Christine A Goodrich, Charles W Boylen, James W Sutherland, Sandra A Nierzwicki-Bauer
In 1990, the US Congress amended the Clean Air Act (CAA) to reduce regional-scale ecosystem degradation from SO x and NO x emissions which have been responsible for acid deposition in regions such as the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. An ecosystem assessment project was conducted from 1994 to 2012 by the Darrin Fresh Water Institute to determine the effect of these emission reduction policies on aquatic systems. The project investigated water chemistry and biota in 30 Adirondack lakes and ponded waters...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
D R Bhardwaj, Muneesa Banday, Nazir A Pala, Bhalendra Singh Rajput
In the present study, forests at three altitudes, viz., A1 (600-900 m), A2 (900-1200 m) and A3 (1200-1500 m) above mean sea level having normalised differential vegetation index (NDVI) values of N1 (0.0-0.1), N2 (0.1-0.2), N3 (0.2-0.3), N4 (0.3-0.4) and N5 (0.4-0.5) were selected for studying their relationship with the biomass and carbon pool in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The study reported maximum stem density of (928 trees ha(-1)) at the A2 altitude and minimum in the A3 and A1 with 600 trees ha(-1) each...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Yohannes Yihdego, Len Drury
Analytical and empirical solution coupled with water balance method were used to predict the ground water inflow to a mine pit excavated below the water table, final pit lake level/recovery and radius of influence, through long-term and time variant simulations. The solution considers the effect of decreased saturated thickness near the pit walls, distributed recharge to the water table and upward flow through the pit bottom. The approach is flexible to accommodate the anisotropy/heterogeneity of the real world...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Yousef Sakieh, Abdolrassoul Salmanmahiny, Seyed Hamed Mirkarimi
Continuous surface of urbanization suitability, as an input to many urban growth models (UGM), has a significant role on a proper calibration process. The present study evaluates and compares the simulation success of the Cellular Automata-Markov Chain (CA-MC) model through multiple methods. For this, a series of mapping algorithms are applied ranging from empirical methods such as multi-criteria evaluation (MCE) to statistical algorithms without spatially explicit suitability mapping rules such as logistic regression (LR) and multi-layer perceptron (MLP) neural network and finally statistical and spatially explicit rule-based methods such as SLEUTH-Genetic Algorithm (SLEUTH-GA) model...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Quan Zhang, Hang Zhou, Zhe Li, Jianqiang Zhu, Cong Zhou, Meirong Zhao
The use of glyphosate, which is a well-known sterilant herbicide, has been growing rapidly because the area under the cultivation of genetically modified crops that are tolerant to this herbicide has increased. Glyphosate can enter into aquatic systems through many different ways. However, information on the potential risks of glyphosate at environmentally relevant levels to aquatic systems is still limited. In this study, we selected the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa FACHB-905 (M. aeruginosa) as a model organism to evaluate the effects of glyphosate at environmentally relevant concentrations on the former's growth and microcystin (MC) production...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
M Anza, L Epelde, U Artetxe, J M Becerril, C Garbisu
In the north of Spain, Cortaderia selloana plants have invaded ecosystems of high ecological value. Control of this species is carried out with the application of glyphosate-based formulations. The aim of this work was to determine, under microcosm conditions, the short-term (2 months) effects of the application of a glyphosate-based herbicide (Roundup®) on C. selloana rhizosphere microbial communities. To this purpose, before and after the application of Roundup®, several parameters that provide information on the biomass, activity and diversity of rhizosphere fungal and bacterial communities (enzyme activities, basal and substrate-induced respiration, potentially mineralizable nitrogen, nitrification potential rate, ergosterol content and community-level profiles with Biolog™ plates and ARISA) were determined...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
M G Frías-Espericueta, B Y Ramos-Magaña, J Ruelas-Inzunza, M F Soto-Jiménez, O Escobar-Sánchez, M Aguilar-Juárez, G Izaguirre-Fierro, C C Osuna-Martínez, D Voltolina
We determined total Hg and Se contents of hepatopancreas, exoskeleton, and muscle, and the Se:Hg molar ratios in the muscle of shrimps Farfantepenaeus californiensis and Litopenaeus stylirostris caught in NE Pacific Mexican waters. Total Hg mean values in muscle, hepatopancreas, and exoskeleton were 0.31 ± 0.26, 0.28 ± 0.29, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1), and 0.46 ± 0.46, 0.41 ± .034, and 0.24 ± 0.06 μg g(-1) for F. californiensis and L. stylirostris, respectively. In all tissues, the mean concentrations of Se tended to be close to one order of magnitude higher than the respective Hg values...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
E I Vanguelova, E Bonifacio, B De Vos, M R Hoosbeek, T W Berger, L Vesterdal, K Armolaitis, L Celi, L Dinca, O J Kjønaas, P Pavlenda, J Pumpanen, Ü Püttsepp, B Reidy, P Simončič, B Tobin, M Zhiyanski
Spatially explicit knowledge of recent and past soil organic carbon (SOC) stocks in forests will improve our understanding of the effect of human- and non-human-induced changes on forest C fluxes. For SOC accounting, a minimum detectable difference must be defined in order to adequately determine temporal changes and spatial differences in SOC. This requires sufficiently detailed data to predict SOC stocks at appropriate scales within the required accuracy so that only significant changes are accounted for...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Zengqiang Zhang, Jim J Wang, Amjad Ali, Ronald D DeLaune
The seasonal variation in physico-chemical properties, anions, and the heavy metal (Cd, Co, Cr, Cu, Mn, Ni, Pb, and Zn) concentration was evaluated in water from nine different rivers in Lake Pontchartrain Basin, Louisiana, USA. The water quality parameters were compared with toxicity reference values (TRV), US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) drinking/aquatic life protection, and WHO standards. Among physico-chemical properties, pH, DO, and turbidity were high during spring, while, EC, temperature, and DOC were high during summer and vice versa...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Behnaz RaheliNamin, Samar Mortazavi, Abdolrassoul Salmanmahiny
The combination of degrading natural conditions and resources, climate change, growing population, urban development, and competition in a global market complicate optimization of land for agricultural products. The use of pesticides and fertilizers for crop production in the agricultural fields has become excessive in the recent years and Golestan Province of Iran is no exception in this regard. For this, effective management with an efficient and cost-effective practice should be undertaken, maintaining public service at a high level and preserving the environment...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Matthew D Hladilek, Karen F Gaines, James M Novak, David A Collard, Daniel B Johnson, Thomas Canam
Despite our dependency on treatment facilities to condition wastewater for eventual release to the environment, our knowledge regarding the effects of treated water on the local watershed is extremely limited. Responses of lotic systems to the treated wastewater effluent have been traditionally investigated by examining the benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages and community structure; however, these studies do not address the microbial diversity of the water systems. In the present study, planktonic and benthic bacterial community structure were examined at 14 sites (from 60 m upstream to 12,100 m downstream) and at two time points along an aquatic system receiving treated effluent from the Charleston Wastewater Treatment Plant (Charleston, IL)...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Dorota Mirosław-Świątek, Robert Michałowski, Sylwia Szporak-Wasilewska, Stefan Ignar, Mateusz Grygoruk
In our study, we analyzed the combined standard uncertainty of water table slope assessment done using differential global positioning system (DGPS)-based measurements of water table elevation and distances between measurement locations. We compared and discussed uncertainties in water table slope assessments done in various hypothetical environments of lowland floodplains (water table slopes typically ranged from 1.25 · 10(-4) to 1 · 10(-3)). Our analyses referred to elevation measurements done with the static GPS and DGPS real-time kinematic (RTK) approaches, which are currently among the most frequently used elevation measurement techniques worldwide...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Katarzyna Glińska-Lewczuk, Iwona Gołaś, Józef Koc, Anna Gotkowska-Płachta, Monika Harnisz, Andrzej Rochwerger
The effects of five towns on river water pollution were examined along the Łyna River (southern watershed of the Baltic Sea, northern Poland). The relationships among the spatially derived indicators of urbanization, environmental variables, and physico-chemical and microbiological data (heterotrophic plate count at 22 and 37 °C, and fecal coli) obtained from longitudinal river profiling have been examined with the use of multivariate analyses such as principal component analysis with factor analysis (PCA/FA) and hierarchical cluster analysis (HCA)...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Elżbieta Zębek, Agnieszka Napiórkowska-Krzebietke
Lake Jeziorak Mały is a shallow urban lake where storm water pretreatment separators and a fountain-based water aeration system were installed as protective-restoration measures to enhance water quality. We investigated the effect of these procedures on phytoplankton dynamics and physicochemical properties in the littoral and pelagial zones in 1996-2003, 2005, and 2013. A decrease in cyanobacteria proportion, abundance, and biomass has been noticed, and other phytoplankton groups increased after these procedures...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
A Ochocka, A Pasztaleniec
Herein, we report the response of indices based on phytoplankton and zooplankton and their combination to different nutrient concentrations in lakes. The study was carried out in ten lakes in northeastern Poland. Integrated samples were collected from the epilimnion during the summer of 2012-2013. Secchi disk visibility (SD), total phosphorus (TP), total nitrogen (TN), and chlorophyll a were used as proxies for eutrophication. We calculated 16 plankton indices: two phytoplankton indices, six crustacean indices, five rotiferan indices, two zooplankton diversity indices, and one combined phytoplankton and zooplankton index...
November 2016: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
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