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Xue Li, Jianfeng Feng, Christopher Wellen, Yuqiu Wang
In this study, a modeling framework based on the theory of SPAtially Referenced Regression On Watershed attributes (SPARROW) model was developed to identify impaired river reaches with respect to total nitrogen (TN) and estimate the TN sources in the Xin'anjiang River basin, which had limited monitoring sites. A Bayesian approach was applied to estimate the mean values and uncertainties of parameters, including land use export coefficients and in-stream attention rates. Based on the parameters, the midranges (25-75 %) of annual TN concentrations were assessed by the model and 4...
October 20, 2016: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
F Selge, E Matta, R Hinkelmann, G Gunkel
Large flow-through reservoirs and lakes possess environmental gradients and monitoring programs are mostly adapted for cost and time effectiveness. Bay areas are often more isolated from the main water body and are likely to have unobserved different environmental processes and impacts. This study was performed at the Itaparica Reservoir, São Francisco River, located in semi-arid Northeast Brazil, with dendritic form. Water residence time in the Icó-Mandantes Bay was estimated by hydrodynamic flow and transport simulations...
October 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Ting Zhang, Xuan Ban, Xuelei Wang, Xiaobin Cai, Enhua Li, Zhi Wang, Chao Yang, Qing Zhang, Xiaorong Lu
A two-dimensional (2D) water quality model was established to determine the response of water quality variables and submerged aquatic vegetation biomass to load reduction from watershed inflows and enclosure aquaculture in Honghu Lake in China. Results showed that the total nitrogen (TN) and total phosphorus (TP) loads from upstream discharge were the major external loads in the lake, accounting for 70% and 63% of the total loads, respectively. Scenario simulation results indicated that 93.2% of the lake area in summer (August) and 89...
October 14, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Gerald Matisoff, Sue B Watson, Jay Guo, Anna Duewiger, Rebecca Steely
Severe algal blooms in Lake Winnipeg since the late 1990s have been attributed to increased watershed nutrient loading, much of which is associated with suspended particles. Within-lake transport and fate of this nutrient fraction and the importance of internal loading via resuspension, however, are unknown. We measured radioisotopes ((7)Be, (210)Pb, (137)Cs), metal and nutrient contents of suspended solids in major tributaries and lake-water, in sediment traps and in bottom sediments to estimate sediment resuspension and mass accumulation rates using two models...
October 10, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Tekalegn Ayele Woldesenbet, Nadir Ahmed Elagib, Lars Ribbe, Jürgen Heinrich
Understanding how changes in distinctive land use/land cover (LULC) types influence the basin hydrology would greatly improve the predictability of the hydrological consequences of LULC dynamics for sustainable water resource management. As the main flow contributor to the River Nile, quantifying the effect of LULC change on water resources in the source regions is very important for the assessment of water resources availability and management downstream in the riparian states in general and the study watersheds in particular...
October 3, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Lan Huong Nguyen, Geetha Mohan, Pu Jian, Kazuhiko Takemoto, Kensuke Fukushi
Currently in many cities and rural areas of Vietnam, wastewater is discharged to the environment without any treatment, which emits considerable amount of greenhouse gas (GHG), particularly methane. In this study, four GHG emission scenarios were examined, as well as the baseline scenario, in order to verify the potential of GHG reduction from domestic wastewater with adequate treatment facilities. The ArcGIS and ArcHydro tools were employed to visualize and analyze GHG emissions resulting from discharge of untreated wastewater, in rural areas of Vu Gia Thu Bon river basin, Vietnam...
2016: TheScientificWorldJournal
Pauline Della Rossa, Magalie Jannoyer, Charles Mottes, Joanne Plet, Abderazak Bazizi, Luc Arnaud, Alexandra Jestin, Thierry Woignier, Jean-Marie Gaude, Philippe Cattan
Persistent organic pollutants like organochlorine pesticides continue to contaminate large areas worldwide raising questions concerning their management. We designed and tested a method to link soil and water pollution in the watershed of the Galion River in Martinique. We first estimated the risk of soil contamination by chlordecone by referring to past use of land for banana cultivation and took 27 soil samples. We then sampled surface waters at 39 points and groundwater at 16 points. We tested three hypotheses linked to the source of chlordecone pollution at the watershed scale: (i) soils close to the river, (ii) soils close to the sampling point, (iii) throughout the sub-watershed generated at the sampling point...
September 30, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
J Fan, B Jiang, B Wang, K Chen, F Yuang, J Mei, G-R Yu
The aim of the study was to analysis soft-tissue complications of volar plate fixation and it's prevention strategies along with exploring clinical effects of preserving pronator quadratus (PQ) muscle. From February 2011 to February 2013, sixty-five patients with distal radius fracture underwent open reduction and internal fixation with the volar locking palmar plates. The group with preserving PQ involved 30 patients and group with PQ repair involved 35 patients. Surgeons must took great care of not -letting drill pierce dorsal cortical bone rapidly and dorsal carpal tangential fluoroscopy was also taken in addition to lateral fluoroscopy to get accurate screw length...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
Sydney S Ruhala, Jay P Zarnetske
It is important to understand how dissolved organic carbon (DOC) is processed and transported through stream networks because DOC is a master water quality variable in aquatic ecosystems. High-frequency sampling is necessary to capture important, rapid shifts in DOC source, concentration, and composition (i.e. quality) in streams. Until recently, this high-frequency sampling was logistically difficult or impossible. However, this type of sampling can now be conducted using in-situ optical measurements through long-term, field-deployable fluorometers and spectrophotometers...
September 24, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Yongqiu Xia, Donald E Weller, Meghan N Williams, Thomas E Jordan, Xiaoyuan Yan
Export coefficient models (ECMs) are often used to predict nutrient sources and sinks in watersheds because ECMs can flexibly incorporate processes and have minimal data requirements. However, ECMs do not quantify uncertainties in model structure, parameters, or predictions; nor do they account for spatial and temporal variability in land characteristics, weather, and management practices. We applied Bayesian hierarchical methods to address these problems in ECMs used to predict nitrate concentration in streams...
November 15, 2016: Water Research
Julann A Spromberg, David H Baldwin, Steven E Damm, Jenifer K McIntyre, Michael Huff, Catherine A Sloan, Bernadita F Anulacion, Jay W Davis, Nathaniel L Scholz
Adult coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch return each autumn to freshwater spawning habitats throughout western North America. The migration coincides with increasing seasonal rainfall, which in turn increases storm water run-off, particularly in urban watersheds with extensive impervious land cover. Previous field assessments in urban stream networks have shown that adult coho are dying prematurely at high rates (>50%). Despite significant management concerns for the long-term conservation of threatened wild coho populations, a causal role for toxic run-off in the mortality syndrome has not been demonstrated...
April 2016: Journal of Applied Ecology
Liang Xin-Qiang, Zhang Hui-Fang, He Miao-Miao, Zhu Chun-Yan, Wang Fei-Er
High nitrogen (N) leaching from irrigated agricultural soils is the result of N input exceeding soil N load capacity (NLC). A simple approach was developed in this research to assess the NLC of paddy soils in the southern Taihu Lake watershed. Paddy soils were classified into four types (Submergenic, Illuvium, Gleyed, and Percogenic) and 28 soil samples representing all four types were collected from across the region. The NLC values of the paddy soils were assessed using a split-line model and the spatial variability of the NLC among various rice paddy soils in the region was also evaluated with Kriging analysis...
September 2016: Water Science and Technology: a Journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research
Paul Monaghan, Shangchun Hu, Gail Hansen, Emily Ott, Charles Nealis, Maria Morera
Stormwater ponds are installed in urban developments to provide the ecosystem services of flood control and water treatment. In coastal areas, these ponds are connected to watersheds that can drain directly into protected estuaries, making their design, function, and maintenance critical to environmental protection. However, stormwater ponds in residential areas are increasingly managed as aesthetic amenities that add value to real estate rather than as engineered devices with special maintenance requirements...
November 2016: Environmental Management
Jitao Wang, Jian Peng, Mingyue Zhao, Yanxu Liu, Yunqian Chen
Ecological restoration can mitigate human disturbance to the natural environment and restore ecosystem functions. China's Grain-for-Green Programme (GFGP) has been widely adopted in the last 15years and exerted significant impact on land-use and ecosystem services. North-western Yunnan is one of the key areas of GFGP implementation in the upper Yangtze River. Promotion of ecosystem services in this region is of great importance to the ecological sustainability of Yangtze River watershed. In this study, remote sensing and modelling techniques are applied to analyse the impact of GFGP on ecosystem services...
September 10, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Shanghong Zhang, Weiwei Fan, Yueqiang Li, Yujun Yi
It is very important to have a good understanding of the relation between soil erosion and landscape patterns so that soil and water conservation in river basins can be optimized. In this study, this relationship was explored, using the Liusha River Watershed, China, as a case study. A distributed water and sediment model based on the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) was developed to simulate soil erosion from different land use types in each sub-basin of the Liusha River Watershed. Observed runoff and sediment data from 1985 to 2005 and land use maps from 1986, 1995, and 2000 were used to calibrate and validate the model...
September 10, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Chao-Yuan Lin, Kuei-Lin Fu, Cheng-Yu Lin
Recent extreme rainfall events led to many landslides due to climate changes in Taiwan. How to effectively promote post-disaster treatment and/or management works in a watershed/drainage basin is a crucial issue. Regarding the processes of watershed treatment and/or management works, disaster hotspot scanning and treatment priority setup should be carried out in advance. A scanning method using landslide ratio to determine the appropriate outlet of an interested watershed, and an optimal subdivision system with better homogeneity and accuracy in landslide ratio estimation were developed to help efficient executions of treatment and/or management works...
November 2016: Environmental Management
Ayele Almaw Fenta, Hiroshi Yasuda, Katsuyuki Shimizu, Nigussie Haregeweyn, Aklilu Negussie
Since the past two decades, watershed management practices such as construction of stone bunds and establishment of exclosures have been widely implemented in the semi-arid highlands of northern Ethiopia to curb land degradation by soil erosion. This study assessed changes in soil erosion for the years 1990, 2000 and 2012 as a result of such watershed management practices in Agula watershed using the Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation. The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation factors were computed in a geographic information system for 30 × 30 m raster layers using spatial data obtained from different sources...
November 2016: Environmental Management
Adéyèmi Chabi, Sven Lautenbach, Vincent Oladokoun Agnila Orekan, Nicholas Kyei-Baffour
BACKGROUND: The estimation of forest biomass changes due to land-use change is of significant importance for estimates of the global carbon budget. The accuracy of biomass density maps depends on the availability of reliable allometric models used in combination with data derived from satellites images and forest inventory data. To reduce the uncertainty in estimates of carbon emissions resulting from deforestation and forest degradation, better information on allometric equations and the spatial distribution of aboveground biomass stocks in each land use/land cover (LULC) class is needed for the different ecological zones...
December 2016: Carbon Balance and Management
Su-Ting Cheng, Edwin E Herricks, Wen-Ping Tsai, Fi-John Chang
Theory predicts that the number of fish species increases with river size in natural free-flowing rivers, but the relationship is lost under intensive exploitation of water resources associated with dams and/or landscape developments. In this paper, we aim to identify orthomorphic issues that disrupt theoretical species patterns based on a multi-year, basin-wide assessment in the Danshuei River Watershed of Taiwan. We hypothesize that multiple human-induced modifications fragment habitat areas leading to decreases of local fish species richness...
August 31, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Estela Romero, Josette Garnier, Gilles Billen, Franz Peters, Luis Lassaletta
Nitrogen (N) retention sensu lato refers to all processes preventing new reactive nitrogen brought into watersheds through agricultural or industrial activities to be exported by river systems to the sea. Although such processes protect marine systems from the threat of eutrophication and anoxia, they raise other environmental issues, including the acidification of soils, the emission of ammonia and greenhouse gases, and the pollution of aquifers. Despite these implications, the factors involved in N retention are still poorly controlled, particularly in arid and semi-arid systems...
August 26, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
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