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Montserrat Nunez, Ralph K Rosenbaum, Shooka Karimpour, Anne-Marie Boulay, Michael J Lathuillière, Manuele Margni, Laura Scherer, Francesca Verones, Stephan Pfister
Many new damage oriented methods have recently been developed to address environmental consequences of water consumption in life cycle assessment (LCA). However, such methods can only partially be compared and combined, since their modelling structure and metrics are inconsistent. Moreover, they focus on specific water sources (e.g. river) and miss description of transport flows between water compartments (e.g. from river to atmosphere via evaporation) and regions (e.g. atmospheric advection). Consequently, they provide a partial regard of the local and global hydrological cycle and derived impacts on the environment...
March 22, 2018: Environmental Science & Technology
Azadeh Ahmadi, Zahra Fatemi, Sara Nazari
Using the multivariate statistical methods, this study interprets a set of data containing 23 water quality parameters from 10 quality monitoring stations in Karkheh River located in southwest of Iran over 5 years. According to cluster analysis, the stations are classified into three classes of quality, and the most important factors on the whole set of parameters and each class are determined by the help of factor analysis. The results indicate the effects of natural factors, soil weathering and erosion, urban and human wastewater, agricultural and industrial wastewater on water quality at different levels and any location...
March 22, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Xiao Qi Ye, Jin Liu Meng, Bo Zeng, Ming Wu
BACKGROUND: Operation of the Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR, China) imposes a new water fluctuation regime, including a prolonged winter submergence in contrast to the natural short summer flooding of the rivers. The contrasting water temperature regimes may remarkably affect the survival of submerged plants in the TGR. Plant survival in such prolonged flooding might depend on the carbohydrate status of the plants. Therefore, we investigated the effects of water temperature on survival and carbohydrate status in a flood-tolerant plant species and predicted that both survival and carbohydrate status would be improved by lower water temperatures...
2018: PloS One
Ronalda Silva de Araújo, Bruna Aguiar, Milena Dropa, Maria Tereza Pepe Razzolini, Maria Inês Zanoli Sato, Marcelo de Souza Lauretto, Ana Tereza Galvani, José Antônio Padula, Glavur Rogério Matté, Maria Helena Matté
Cryptosporidium and Giardia are associated with cases of water and foodborne outbreaks in the world. This study included 50 samples of surface raw water collected from two watersheds in the state of São Paulo, Brazil. The isolation of (oo)cysts was performed in accordance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's methods 1623 and genotypic characterization and quantification were carried out by Nested PCR and qPCR assays based on 18S rRNA and gdh genes, respectively. U.S. EPA 1623 method showed the presence of (oo)cysts in 40% ([Formula: see text] = 0...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
Jeonghyun Kim, Hyung-Mi Cho, Guebuem Kim
Fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM) is important for marine organisms and the global carbon cycle contributing to the optical properties of surface seawater and organic carbon budgets. Rivers are known to be the main source of FDOM in coastal oceans and marginal seas. In this study, however, we show that the contribution of FDOM produced from organic sediments of the northwestern Pacific continental shelf is similar to that from the Changjiang River. FDOM showed relatively higher concentrations at stations off the Changjiang River mouth and in the central Yellow Sea...
March 20, 2018: Scientific Reports
Ya Wu, Junxia Li, Yanxin Wang, Xianjun Xie
Understanding uranium (U) mobility is vital to minimizing its concentrations in potential drinking water sources. In this study, we report spatial-seasonal variations in U speciation and concentrations in a multi-aquifer system under the impact of Sanggan River in Datong basin, northern China. Hydrochemical and H, O, Sr isotopic data, thermodynamic calculations, and geochemical modeling are used to investigate the mechanisms of surface water-groundwater mixing-induced mobilization and natural attenuation of U...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Contaminant Hydrology
Min Cheng, Guangming Zeng, Danlian Huang, Cui Lai, Yang Liu, Chen Zhang, Jia Wan, Liang Hu, Chengyun Zhou, Weiping Xiong
The presence of antibiotics in aquatic environments has attracted global concern. Fenton process is an attractive yet challenging method for antibiotics degradation, especially when such a reaction can be conducted at neutral pH values. In this study, a novel composite Fe/Co catalyst was synthesized via the modification of steel converter slag (SCS) by salicylic acid-methanol (SAM) and cobalt nitrate (Co(NO3 )2 ). The catalysts were characterized by N2 -Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Fourier transform infrared (FT-IR), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (EDS)...
March 10, 2018: Water Research
Alexya Cunha de Queiroz, Marcelo Vallinoto, Yoichi Sakai, Tommaso Giarrizzo, Breno Barros
The mimetic juveniles of a number of carangid fish species resemble plant parts floating near the water surface, such as leaves, seeds and other plant debris. The present study is the first to verify the morphological similarities and ecomorphological relationships between three carangids (Oligoplites saurus, Oligoplites palometa and Trachinotus falcatus) and their associated plant models. Behavioral observations were conducted in the estuary of Curuçá River, in northeastern Pará (Brazil) between August 2015 and July 2016...
2018: PloS One
Georgios Samiotis, Eleni Trikoilidou, Lazaros Tsikritzis, Elisavet Amanatidou
In this work, a comparative study on the water quality characteristics of two in-line water reservoirs (artificial lakes) in Aliakmon River (Western Macedonia, Greece) is performed. Polyfytos Reservoir and Ilarion Reservoir were created in 1975 and 2012 respectively, in order to serve the homonymous hydroelectric stations. In young artificial lakes, severe deterioration of water quality may occur; thus, the monitoring and assessment of their water quality characteristics and their statistical interpretation are of great importance...
March 20, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
Syed M Tareq, M Tauhid Ur Rahman, A Z M Zahedul Islam, A B M Baddruzzaman, M Ashraf Ali
Climate-induced waterlogging has been significantly affecting the lives and livelihood of people in the south-west coastal region of Bangladesh for a couple of decades. The objective of this study is to investigate the waterlogging hazards of Tala, a south-western coastal Upazila of Bangladesh by analyzing satellite image. An empirical model based on velocity of flow, depth of flow, and inundation depth has been proposed to assess waterlogging hazard in pre monsoon, monsoon, and post monsoon period. Landsat TM images for the years 1989, 2000, and 2011 were analyzed by using Geoinformatics including GIS and remote sensing techniques to quantify the water hazard...
March 19, 2018: Environmental Monitoring and Assessment
A H Fullerton, C E Torgersen, J J Lawler, E A Steel, J L Ebersole, S Y Lee
Climate-change driven increases in water temperature pose challenges for aquatic organisms. Predictions of impacts typically do not account for fine-grained spatiotemporal thermal patterns in rivers. Patches of cooler water could serve as refuges for anadromous species like salmon that migrate during summer. We used high-resolution remotely sensed water temperature data to characterize summer thermal heterogeneity patterns for 11,308 km of 2nd - to 7th -order rivers throughout the Pacific Northwest and northern California (USA)...
January 1, 2018: Aquatic Sciences
Sukanya Ramaraj, Sakthivel Mani, Shen-Ming Chen, Selvakumar Palanisamy, Vijayalakshmi Velusamy, James M Hall, Tse-Wei Chen, Tien-Wen Tseng
We report a simple hydrothermal method used for the synthesis of Cr2 Se3 hexagons (h-Cr2 Se3 ) and its application towards electrochemical sensing of 4-nitrophenol (4-NP). The formation of h-Cr2 Se3 was confirmed by using scanning electron microscopy, energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, X-ray diffraction, and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy. The electrochemical activity of the h-Cr2 Se3 modified screen-printed carbon electrode (SPCE) towards 4-NP was studied using cyclic voltammetry (CV) and amperometric i-t techniques...
March 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
J Terán-Baamonde, S Bouchet, E Tessier, D Amouroux
The current EU legislation lays down Environmental Quality Standards (EQS) for 45 priority substances in surface waters; among them levels for (organo)metallic species of Hg, Sn and Pb are set between ng L-1 (for Hg and Sn) and μg L-1 (for Pb). To date, only a few analytical methods can reach these very restrictive limits and there is thus a need for comprehensive methods able to analyze these species down to these levels in natural waters. The aim of this work was to develop an online automated pre-concentration method using large volume injections with a Programmed Temperature Vaporization (PTV) injector fitted with a sorbent packed liner coupled to GC-ICP-MS to further improve the detection limits associated to this well-established method...
February 27, 2018: Journal of Chromatography. A
Michael G Walsh, Cameron Webb
BACKGROUND: The current understanding of the landscape epidemiology of Ross River virus (RRV), Australia's most common arthropod-borne pathogen, is fragmented due to gaps in surveillance programs and the relatively narrow focus of the research conducted to date. This leaves public health agencies with an incomplete understanding of the spectrum of infection risk across the diverse geography of the Australian continent. The current investigation sought to assess the risk of RRV epidemics based on abiotic and biotic landscape features in anthropogenic landscapes, with a particular focus on the influence of water and wildlife hosts...
March 20, 2018: Parasites & Vectors
Albert Herrero, Cayetano Gutiérrez-Cánovas, Olga Vigiak, Stefanie Lutz, Rohini Kumar, David Gampe, Verena Huber-García, Ralf Ludwig, Ramon Batalla, Sergi Sabater
Multiple abiotic stressors affect the ecological status of water bodies. The status of waterbodies in the Ebro catchment (NE Spain) is evaluated using the biological quality elements (BQEs) of diatoms, invertebrates and macrophytes. The multi-stressor influence on the three BQEs was evaluated using the monitoring dataset available from the catchment water authority. Nutrient concentrations, especially total phosphorus (TP), affected most of the analyzed BQEs, while changes in mean discharge, water temperature, or river morphology did not show significant influences...
March 10, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
E González-Ortegón, V Amaral, F Baldó, Ricardo F Sánchez-Leal, María J Bellanco, María P Jiménez, J Forja, César Vilas, A Tovar-Sanchez
Dissolved organic matter (DOM) is a major component of the organic matter pool, playing a key role in the global ocean functioning. However, studies on DOM in waters of many ocean regions, such as the Gulf of Cadiz (GoC), are poorly known. Advanced aquatic sensors enable autonomous for long-term deployments in situ collection of high frequency DOM data using fluorescent dissolved organic matter (FDOM) as a proxy. The present study evaluates the relevance of FDOM, the estuarine influence and the environmental factors that determine its spatial distribution in the GoC...
March 7, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Mingguo Zheng
Sediment rating curves have long been used as a tool for predicting sediment yield. In this study, the spatial and temporal variations of rating curves were examined in the loess area (~15,000km2 ) of the Wuding River basin of the Chinese Loess Plateau. Data of mean daily water discharge per unit area, Qd (m3 s-1 km2 ), and mean daily sediment discharge per unit area, SDd (kgs-1 km2 ), were compiled for three periods of 1959-1971, 1972-1989, and 2006-2013. Soil conservation measures were rarely implemented for the pre-1971 period but were intensively implemented for the latter periods...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Dorina Murgulet, Melissa Trevino, Audrey Douglas, Nicholas Spalt, Xinping Hu, Valeriu Murgulet
We conducted a comprehensive analysis of a variety of geochemical data including total alkalinity (TA), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), dissolved organic carbon (DOC), major ions, stable isotopes, and submarine groundwater discharge, to understand biogeochemical and hydrologic processes driving the seasonal to annual estuarine buffering capacity in Nueces Bay, Texas. These measurements, together with statistical analysis and geochemical modeling, show large variability of freshwater influence. TA consumption, common to spring seasons, was mainly driven by CaCO3 precipitation and, to some extent, by aerobic respiration...
March 3, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Mohammed Basheer, Kevin G Wheeler, Lars Ribbe, Mohammad Majdalawi, Gamal Abdo, Edith A Zagona
Efficient utilization of the limited Water, Energy, and Food (WEF) resources in stressed transboundary river basins requires understanding their interlinkages in different transboundary cooperation conditions. The Blue Nile Basin, a transboundary river basin between Ethiopia and Sudan, is used to illustrate the impacts of cooperation between riparian countries on the Water-Energy-Food nexus (WEF nexus). These impacts are quantified and evaluated using a daily model that simulates hydrological processes, irrigation water requirements, and water allocation to hydro-energy generation and irrigation water supply...
March 2, 2018: Science of the Total Environment
Absalom E Ezugwu, Francis Akutsah, Micheal O Olusanya, Aderemi O Adewumi
The intelligent water drop algorithm is a swarm-based metaheuristic algorithm, inspired by the characteristics of water drops in the river and the environmental changes resulting from the action of the flowing river. Since its appearance as an alternative stochastic optimization method, the algorithm has found applications in solving a wide range of combinatorial and functional optimization problems. This paper presents an improved intelligent water drop algorithm for solving multi-depot vehicle routing problems...
2018: PloS One
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