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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550516/mapping-the-spatio-temporal-distribution-of-key-vegetation-cover-properties-in-lowland-river-reaches-using-digital-photography
#1
Veerle Verschoren, Jonas Schoelynck, Kerst Buis, Fleur Visser, Patrick Meire, Stijn Temmerman
The presence of vegetation in stream ecosystems is highly dynamic in both space and time. A digital photography technique is developed to map aquatic vegetation cover at species level, which has a very high spatial and a flexible temporal resolution. A digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera mounted on a handheld telescopic pole is used. The low-altitude (5 m) orthogonal aerial images have a low spectral resolution (red-green-blue), high spatial resolution (∼1.9 pixels cm(-2), ∼1.3 cm length) and flexible temporal resolution (monthly)...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549323/investigation-of-submicron-aerosol-characteristics-in-changzhou-china-composition-source-and-comparison-with-co-collected-pm2-5
#2
Zhaolian Ye, Qing Li, Jiashu Liu, Shipeng Luo, Quanfa Zhou, Chenglu Bi, Shuaishuai Ma, Yanfang Chen, Hui Chen, Ling Li, Xinlei Ge
Mass concentrations and chemical compositions of submicron particles (PM1) collected during July 2015 to April 2016 in Changzhou, a city in the Yangtze River Delta region, were systematically investigated for the first time. Specifically, an Aerodyne soot particle aerosol mass spectrometer (SP-AMS) was employed to characterize the water-soluble organic matter (WSOM). The average concentration of PM1 was 63.6 μg m(-3), occupying ∼60% of co-collected PM2.5 mass. Water soluble inorganic ions (WSIIs) was the most abundant component with secondary ions (SO4(2-), NO3(-) and NH4(+)) as the dominant species...
May 17, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549311/reaction-of-diazepam-and-related-benzodiazepines-with-chlorine-kinetics-transformation-products-and-in-silico-toxicological-assessment
#3
Inmaculada Carpinteiro, Rosario Rodil, José Benito Quintana, Rafael Cela
In this work, the reaction of four benzodiazepines (diazepam, oxazepam, nordazepam and temazepam) during water chlorination was studied by means of liquid chromatography-quadrupole-time of flight-mass spectrometry (LC-QTOF-MS). For those compounds that showed a significant degradation, i.e. diazepam, oxazepam and nordazepam, parameters affecting to the reaction kinetics (pH, chlorine and bromide level) were studied in detail and transformation products were tentatively identified. The oxidation reactions followed pseudofirst-order kinetics with rate constants in the range of 1...
May 3, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548140/photobleaching-of-chromophoric-dissolved-organic-matter-cdom-in-the-yangtze-river-estuary-kinetics-and-effects-of-temperature-ph-and-salinity
#4
Guisheng Song, Yijie Li, Suzheng Hu, Guiju Li, Ruihua Zhao, Xin Sun, Huixiang Xie
The kinetics and temperature-, pH- and salinity-dependences of photobleaching of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in the Yangtze River estuary (YRE) were evaluated using laboratory solar-simulated irradiation and compared to those of Suwannee River humic substances (SRHSs). Nearly all CDOM in water at the head of the estuary (headwater herein) was photobleachable in both summer and winter, while significant fractions of CDOM (13-29%) were resistant to photobleaching in saltier waters. The photobleaching rate constant in the headwater was 25% higher in summer than that in winter...
May 26, 2017: Environmental Science. Processes & Impacts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545604/climate-change-impact-on-the-tuul-river-flow-in-a-semiarid-region-in-mongolia
#5
Chinzorig Sukhbaatar, Raja Umer Sajjad, Janchivdorj Lunten, Seung-Hoon Yu, Chang-Hee Lee
  This study investigated the impact of climate change on the Tuul River flow in a semiarid region in Mongolia using statistical methods and the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). The authors found that the precipitation showed cyclic variability (three dry and two wet periods) at inter- and multi-decadal scales throughout the study period (1945-2012). Both river flow and actual evapotranspiration (ET) showed a positive relationship with precipitation. In addition, the river flow further decreased due to increased water loss in percentage via actual ET even though the amount of actual ET decreased during dry periods...
June 1, 2017: Water Environment Research: a Research Publication of the Water Environment Federation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545304/tracing-sources-of-nitrate-using-water-chemistry-land-use-and-nitrogen-isotopes-in-the-ganjiang-river-china
#6
Peng Wang, Junzheng Liu, Shuhua Qi, Shiqin Wang, Xiaoling Chen
In this work, we traced sources of nitrate in the Ganjiang River, a major tributary of Yangtze River, China, by analysing the water chemistry, nitrogen isotopes and land use. Water samples from 20 sites in the main stream and tributaries were collected in the dry and wet seasons. The [Formula: see text] ranged from 0.97 to 8.60 ‰, and was significantly higher in the wet season than in the dry season, and significantly higher in tributaries than in the main stream. In the dry season, [Formula: see text] concentrations and [Formula: see text] were significantly negatively correlated with forest and grassland areas, and positively correlated with paddy field and residential area...
May 25, 2017: Isotopes in Environmental and Health Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544612/ecology-adaptation-and-function-of-methane-sulfidic-spring-water-biofilm-microorganisms-including-a-strain-of-anaerobic-fungus-mucor-hiemalis
#7
Enamul Hoque, Johannes Fritscher
Ecological aspects, adaptation, and some functions of a special biofilm and its unique key anaerobic fungus Mucor hiemalis strain EH11 isolated from a pristine spring (Künzing, Bavaria, Germany) are described. The spring's pure nature is characterized by, for example, bubbling methane, marine-salinity, mild hydrothermal (~19.1°C), sulfidic, and reductive-anoxic (Eh : -241 to -253 mV, O2 : ≤ 0.1 mg/L) conditions. It is geoecologically located at the border zone between Bavarian Forest (crystalline rocky mountains) and the moor-like Danube River valley, where geological displacements bring the spring's water from the deeper layers of former marine sources up to the surface...
May 24, 2017: MicrobiologyOpen
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543274/diel-and-seasonal-movements-of-silver-eels-anguilla-dieffenbachii-emigrating-from-a-lake-subject-to-hydro-electric-control
#8
D J Jellyman, M J Unwin
To investigate the behaviour and fate of silver female longfin eels Anguilla dieffenbachii in relation to flow variations from New Zealand's largest (700 MW) hydro-electric station, 210 A. dieffenbachii were tagged with acoustic transmitters during summer and autumn over 6 years from 2005 to 2010. A shoreline array of receivers (2005-2008) was supplemented by positioning systems near the power station and natural outlet (2009-2010) that enabled continuous tracking of A. dieffenbachii within these areas...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Fish Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542549/a-new-weighting-factor-in-combining-belief-function
#9
Deyun Zhou, Qian Pan, Gyan Chhipi-Shrestha, Xiaoyang Li, Kun Zhang, Kasun Hewage, Rehan Sadiq
Dempster-Shafer evidence theory has been widely used in various applications. However, to solve the problem of counter-intuitive outcomes by using classical Dempster-Shafer combination rule is still an open issue while fusing the conflicting evidences. Many approaches based on discounted evidence and weighted average evidence have been investigated and have made significant improvements. Nevertheless, all of these approaches have inherent flaws. In this paper, a new weighting factor is proposed to address this problem...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542291/the-first-darter-aves-anhingidae-fossils-from-india-late-pliocene
#10
Thomas Stidham, Rajeev Patnaik, Kewal Krishan, Bahadur Singh, Abhik Ghosh, Ankita Singla, Simran S Kotla
New fossils from the latest Pliocene portion of the Tatrot Formation exposed in the Siwalik Hills of northern India represent the first fossil record of a darter (Anhingidae) from India. The darter fossils possibly represent a new species, but the limited information on the fossil record of this group restricts their taxonomic allocation. The Pliocene darter has a deep pit on the distal face of metatarsal trochlea IV not reported in other anhingids, it has an open groove for the m. flexor perforatus et perforans digiti II tendon on the hypotarsus unlike New World anhingid taxa, and these darter specimens are the youngest of the handful of Neogene records of the group from Asia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542219/late-neolithic-phytolith-and-charcoal-records-of-human-activities-and-vegetation-change-in-shijiahe-culture-tanjialing-site-china
#11
Xiao Hong Zhu, Bing Li, Chun Mei Ma, Cheng Zhu, Li Wu, Hui Liu
There is significant archaeological evidence marking the collapse of the Shijiahe culture in the middle reaches of the Yangtze River in China during the late Neolithic Period. However, the causes for this cultural collapse remain unclear. Our sedimentary records from a 3.3 m long profile and 76 phytolith and charcoal samples from the Tanjialing archaeological sites provide records of interactions between an ancient culture and vegetation change. During the early Shijiahe culture (c, 4850-4400 cal BP), the climate was warm and humid...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542169/optimum-water-supplement-strategy-to-restore-reed-wetland-in-the-yellow-river-delta
#12
Xuehong Wang, Dongjie Zhang, Bo Guan, Qing Qi, Shouzheng Tong
In order to supply optimum water to restore reed wetlands used for bird habitats, a field investigation and greenhouse experiment were conducted. Three water supplementation stages (early stage at 20 May, middle stage at 20 July and later stage at 20 September, respectively) and five depths (0, 10, 15, 20 and 35 cm over the surface, respectively) were established, with three replicates for each treatment combination. Reed growth characteristics (survival rate, height, density and biomass) and soil properties of field investigation and experiment were recorded to determine the impacts of water supplementation on reed wetland restoration...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540546/environmental-risk-assessment-in-five-rivers-of-parana-river-basin-southern-brazil-through-biomarkers-in-astyanax-spp
#13
Ivaldete Tijolin Barros, Juliana Parolin Ceccon, Andressa Glinski, Samuel Liebel, Sonia Regina Grötzner, Marco Antonio Ferreira Randi, Evanilde Benedito, Claudia Feijó Ortolani-Machado, Francisco Filipak Neto, Ciro Alberto de Oliveira Ribeiro
In the current study, water quality of five river sites in Parana River basin (Brazil), utilized for public water supply, was assessed through a set of biomarkers in fish Astyanax spp. Population growth and inadequate use of land are challenges to the preservation of biodiversity and resources such as water. Some physicochemical parameters as well as somatic indexes, gills and liver histopathology, genotoxicity, and biochemical biomarkers were evaluated. The highest gonadosomatic index (GSI) and antioxidant parameters (catalase and glutathione S-transferase activities, non-protein thiols), as well as the lowest damage to biomolecules (lipid peroxidation, protein carbonylation, DNA damage) were observed in site 0 (Piava River), which is located at an environmental protected area...
May 24, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540457/evaluating-climatic-and-non-climatic-stresses-for-declining-surface-water-quality-in-bagmati-river-of-nepal
#14
Jeeban Panthi, Fengting Li, Hongtao Wang, Suman Aryal, Piyush Dahal, Sheila Ghimire, Martin Kabenge
Both climatic and non-climatic factors affect surface water quality. Similar to its effect across various sectors and areas, climate change has potential to affect surface water quality directly and indirectly. On the one hand, the rise in temperature enhances the microbial activity and decomposition of organic matter in the river system and changes in rainfall alter discharge and water flow in the river ultimately affecting pollution dilution level. On the other hand, the disposal of organic waste and channelizing municipal sewage into the rivers seriously worsen water quality...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537025/prediction-of-dissolved-oxygen-concentration-in-hypoxic-river-systems-using-support-vector-machine-a-case-study-of-wen-rui-tang-river-china
#15
Xiaoliang Ji, Xu Shang, Randy A Dahlgren, Minghua Zhang
Accurate quantification of dissolved oxygen (DO) is critically important for managing water resources and controlling pollution. Artificial intelligence (AI) models have been successfully applied for modeling DO content in aquatic ecosystems with limited data. However, the efficacy of these AI models in predicting DO levels in the hypoxic river systems having multiple pollution sources and complicated pollutants behaviors is unclear. Given this dilemma, we developed a promising AI model, known as support vector machine (SVM), to predict the DO concentration in a hypoxic river in southeastern China...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536911/hydrological-connectivity-and-burkholderia-pseudomallei-prevalence-in-wetland-environments-investigating-rice-farming-community-s-risk-of-exposure-to-melioidosis-in-north-east-thailand
#16
C Joon Chuah, Esther K H Tan, Rasana W Sermswan, Alan D Ziegler
In our analysis of 136 water samples from wetland environments (rice paddies, natural wetland sites, man-made water bodies) in rural areas of North-East Thailand, Burkholderia pseudomallei was most prevalent in rice paddies (15 of the 30 positive sites). The high prevalence in the water of rice fields is indicative of the inherent vulnerability of farmers in rural agricultural areas in this area of Thailand and likely other locations in the tropics. Nearly all B. pseudomallei-positive sites were found within the vicinity of a large wetland associated with the Chi River, in the month of July 2014...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536565/piecewise-structural-equation-model-sem-disentangles-the-environmental-conditions-favoring-diatom-diazotroph-associations-ddas-in-the-western-tropical-north-atlantic-wtna
#17
Marcus Stenegren, Carlo Berg, Cory C Padilla, Stefan-Sebastian David, Joseph P Montoya, Patricia L Yager, Rachel A Foster
Diatom diazotroph associations (DDAs) are important components in the world's oceans, especially in the western tropical north Atlantic (WTNA), where blooms have a significant impact on carbon and nitrogen cycling. However, drivers of their abundances and distribution patterns remain unknown. Here, we examined abundance and distribution patterns for two DDA populations in relation to the Amazon River (AR) plume in the WTNA. Quantitative PCR assays, targeting two DDAs (het-1 and het-2) by their symbiont's nifH gene, served as input in a piecewise structural equation model (SEM)...
2017: Frontiers in Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534306/assessment-of-water-quality-using-multivariate-techniques-in-river-sosiani-kenya
#18
A O Achieng', P O Raburu, E C Kipkorir, S O Ngodhe, K O Obiero, J Ani-Sabwa
Multivariate techniques can infer intrinsic characteristics of complex data by generating correlation, similarity, dissimilarity, and covariance vector matrix to ascertain their relationships. The study evaluated the effect of anthropogenic activities by analyzing selected physicochemical water quality parameters (WQP) as indicators of pollution in River Sosiani, located in western Kenya, at six stations from August 2012 to February 2013 (Aug-Oct ≡ wet season, Nov-Feb ≡ Dry season). Temperature, pH, Total Dissolved Solids (TDS), conductivity, and Dissolved Oxygen (DO) were measured in situ while Total Phosphorus (TP), Total Organic Nitrogen (TON), and Biologial Oxygen Demand (BOD) were measured in vitro using standard methods...
June 2017: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534270/occurrence-distribution-and-attenuation-of-pharmaceuticals-and-personal-care-products-in-the-riverside-groundwater-of-the-beiyun-river-of-beijing-china
#19
Lei Yang, Jiang-Tao He, Si-Hui Su, Ya-Feng Cui, De-Liang Huang, Guang-Cai Wang
This study investigated the occurrence, seasonal-spatial distribution characteristics, and attenuation process of 15 pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) in riverside sections of Beiyun River of Beijing. The overall PPCP levels both in surface water and riverside groundwater were moderate on the global scale, and showed higher concentrations in the dry season mainly caused by water temperature variation. Caffeine (CF), carbamazepine (CBZ), metoprolol (MTP), N,N-diethyl-meta-toluamide (DEET), diclofenac (DF), bezafibrate (BF), and gemfibrozil (GF) were seven representative PPCPs, because the rest eight studied compounds occurred in low concentrations and less than 15% of the total concentration of PPCPs...
May 23, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533899/genetic-diversity-and-structure-of-an-endangered-desert-shrub-and-the-implications-for-conservation
#20
Zhihao Su, Bryce A Richardson, Li Zhuo, Xiaolong Jiang, Wenjun Li, Xiaoshan Kang
Population genetic information can provide valuable insight for the conservation and management of threatened and endangered plant species. Tamarix taklamakanensis is an endangered shrub endemic to arid basins of northwestern China. This species serves to stabilize soils in this region, but has seen substantial loss in its abundance due to depletion of ground water. The populations of this species have become small and fragmented, warranting conservation. Seven microsatellite loci were used to assess the genetic diversity and structure of 15 populations in the Tarim Basin, China...
May 2017: AoB Plants
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