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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437646/combined-effects-of-climate-restoration-measures-and-slope-position-in-change-in-soil-chemical-properties-and-nutrient-loss-across-lands-affected-by-the-wenchuan-earthquake-in-china
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Yongming Lin, Haojun Deng, Kun Du, Loretta Rafay, Guang-Shuai Zhang, Jian Li, Can Chen, Chengzhen Wu, Han Lin, Wei Yu, Hailan Fan, Yonggang Ge
The MS 8.0Wenchuan Earthquake in 2008 caused huge damage to land cover in the northwest of China's Sichuan province. In order to determine the nutrient loss and short term characteristics of change in soil chemical properties, we established an experiment with three treatments ('undestroyed', 'destroyed and treated', and 'destroyed and untreated'), two climate types (semi-arid hot climate and subtropical monsoon climate), and three slope positions (upslope, mid-slope, and bottom-slope) in 2011. Ten soil properties-including pH, organic carbon, total nitrogen, total phosphorus, total potassium, Ca(2+), Mg(2+), alkaline hydrolysable nitrogen, available phosphorus, and available potassium-were measured in surface soil samples in December 2014...
April 20, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436867/rscm-region-selection-and-concurrency-model-for-multi-class-weather-classification
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Di Lin, Cewu Lu, Hui Huang, Jiaya Jia
Towards weather condition recognition, we emphasize the importance of regional cues in this paper and address a few important problems regarding appropriate representation, its differentiation among regions, and weather-condition feature construction. Our major contribution is, first, to construct a multi-class benchmark dataset containing 65,000 images from 6 common categories for sunny, cloudy, rainy, snowy, haze and thunder weather. This dataset also benefits weather classification and attribute recognition...
April 19, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Image Processing: a Publication of the IEEE Signal Processing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436821/hydrological-modeling-of-fecal-indicator-bacteria-in-a-tropical-mountain-catchment
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Minjeong Kim, Laurie Boithias, Kyung Hwa Cho, Norbert Silvera, Chanthamousone Thammahacksa, Keooudone Latsachack, Emma Rochelle-Newall, Oloth Sengtaheuanghoung, Alain Pierret, Yakov A Pachepsky, Olivier Ribolzi
The occurrence of pathogen bacteria in surface waters is a threat to public health worldwide. In particular, inadequate sanitation resulting in high contamination of surface water with pathogens of fecal origin is a serious issue in developing countries such as Lao P.D.R. Despite the health implications of the consumption of contaminated surface water, the environmental fate and transport of pathogens of fecal origin and their indicators (Fecal Indicator Bacteria or FIB) are still poorly known in tropical areas...
April 15, 2017: Water Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436673/unique-rhizosphere-micro-characteristics-facilitate-phytoextraction-of-multiple-metals-in-soil-by-the-hyperaccumulating-plant-sedum-alfredii
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Dandi Hou, Kai Wang, Ting Liu, Haixin Wang, Zhi Lin, Jie Qian, Lingli Lu, Shengke Tian
Understanding the strategies that the roots of hyperaccumulating plants use to extract heavy metals from soils is important for optimizing phytoremediation. The rhizosphere characteristics of Sedum alfredii, a hyperaccumulator, were investigated 6 months after planting in weathered field soils contaminated with 5.8 μg·g-1 Cd, 1985.1 μg·g-1 Zn, 667.5 μg·g-1 Pb, and 698.8 μg·g-1 Cu. In contrast with the non-hyperaccumulating ecotype (NHE), the hyperaccumulating ecotype (HE) of S. alfredii was more tolerant to the metals and accumulated higher levels of Cd and Zn...
April 24, 2017: Environmental Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436283/trigger-factors-in-childhood-migraine-a-prospective-clinic-based-study-from-north-of-france
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Lise Solotareff, Jean-Christophe Cuvellier, Alain Duhamel, Louis Vallée, Sylvie Nguyen The Tich
The objective was to study the prevalence and characterization of pediatric migraine triggers and to compare results to this retrospective study. A total of 101 pediatric patients with ICHD-II migraine with and/or without aura were instructed to prospectively complete a diary dealing with attacks triggers for a 3-month period. Each subject reported at least 1 trigger (range: 1-14) with a total number of 532 attacks and a median per subject of 3. Lack of sleep (51.4%), stress (44.6%), warm climate (41.9%), noise (32...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435826/climate-change-and-simulation-of-cardiovascular-disease-mortality-a-case-study-of-mashhad-iran
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Mohammad Baaghideh, Fatemeh Mayvaneh
BACKGROUND: Weather and climate play a significant role in human health. We are accustomed to affects the weather conditions. By increasing or decreasing the environment temperature or change of seasons, some diseases become prevalent or remove. This study investigated the role of temperature in cardiovascular disease mortality of city of Mashhad in the current decade and its simulation in the future decades under conditions of climate change. METHODS: Cardiovascular disease mortality data and the daily temperatures data were used during (2004-2013) period...
March 2017: Iranian Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434666/heavy-metal-distribution-and-contamination-status-in-the-sedimentary-environment-of-cochin-estuary
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P M Salas, C H Sujatha, C S Ratheesh Kumar, Eldhose Cheriyan
Heavy metals (Fe, Mn, Cr, Zn, Ni, Pb, Cu, Co and Cd) in the surface sediments of Cochin estuary, Southwest coast of India were analyzed to understand the spatio-temporal variation and contamination status via six sampling campaigns. Pollution indices like enrichment factor, geoaccumulation index and pollution load index inferred that the sediments of the northern arm of the estuary exhibited severe trace metal accumulation. Numerical sediment quality guidelines were applied to assess adverse biological effects of the trace metals, suggesting that occasional biological effect may occur due to Cr, Cu, Ni and Pb...
April 20, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433395/distribution-enrichment-and-source-of-heavy-metals-in-rizhao-offshore-area-southeast-shandong-province
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Hongying Song, Jinqing Liu, Ping Yin, Yong Zhang
50 surface sediments were collected from Rizhao offshore area to determine heavy metals (Cu, Pb, Zn, Cr, Cd, As, Hg) pollution. High heavy metal values were located near the two ports in the north and south study areas, which was consistent with the distribution of fine-grained sediments. According to threshold effect level (TEL) and probable effect level (PEL), Cu and As had occasionally adverse biological effects on the aquatic ecosystems. The enrichment factor (EF) values showed that most of the study area was moderate or moderately severe enrichment for As, and minor enrichment for Pb, but Hg was only moderately enriched in the river estuaries...
April 19, 2017: Marine Pollution Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432965/spatiotemporal-description-of-btex-volatile-organic-compounds-in-a-middle-eastern-megacity-tehran-study-of-exposure-prediction-for-environmental-health-research-tehran-sepehr
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Heresh Amini, Vahid Hosseini, Christian Schindler, Hossein Hassankhany, Masud Yunesian, Sarah B Henderson, Nino Künzli
The spatiotemporal variability of ambient volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in Tehran, Iran, is not well understood. Here we present the design, methods, and results of the Tehran Study of Exposure Prediction for Environmental Health Research (Tehran SEPEHR) on ambient concentrations of benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene, p-xylene, m-xylene, o-xylene (BTEX), and total BTEX. To date, this is the largest study of its kind in a low- and middle-income country and one of the largest globally. We measured BTEX concentrations at five reference sites and 174 distributed sites identified by a cluster analytic method...
April 19, 2017: Environmental Pollution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432882/analysis-of-factors-affecting-the-severity-of-crashes-in-urban-road-intersections
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L Mussone, M Bassani, P Masci
Road crashes are events which depend on a variety of factors and which exhibit different magnitudes of outputs when evaluated with respect to the effects on road users. Despite a lot of research into the evaluation of crash likelihood and frequency, only a few works have focused exclusively on crash severity with these limited to sections of freeways and multilane highways. Hence, at present there is a large gap in knowledge on factors affecting the severity of crashes for other road categories, facilities, and scenarios...
April 19, 2017: Accident; Analysis and Prevention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432621/comparison-of-air-pollution-in-shanghai-and-lanzhou-based-on-wavelet-transform
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Yana Su, Yongzhong Sha, Guangyu Zhai, Shengliang Zong, Jiehua Jia
For a long-period comparative analysis of air pollution in coastal and inland cities, we analyzed the continuous Morlet wavelet transform on the time series of a 5274-day air pollution index in Shanghai and Lanzhou during 15 years and studied the multi-scale variation characteristic, main cycle, and impact factor of the air pollution time series. The analysis showed that (1) air pollution in the two cities was non-stationary and nonlinear, had multiple timescales, and exhibited the characteristics of high in winter and spring and low in summer and autumn...
April 21, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431978/temporal-niche-switching-in-arabian-oryx-oryx-leucoryx-seasonal-plasticity-of-24h-activity-patterns-in-a-large-desert-mammal
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Joshua G Davimes, Abdulaziz N Alagaili, Mads F Bertelsen, Osama B Mohammed, Jason Hemingway, Nigel C Bennett, Paul R Manger, Nadine Gravett
The Arabian oryx, a moderately large mammal that inhabits a harsh desert environment, has been shown to exhibit seasonal variations in activity and inactivity patterns. Here we analyzed the continuous year-round activity patterns of twelve free-roaming Arabian oryx under natural conditions from two varying desert environments in Saudi Arabia using abdominally implanted activity meters. We simultaneously recorded weather parameters at both sites to determine whether environmental factors are responsible for temporal niche switching as well as the seasonal structuring and timing of this behavioural plasticity...
April 18, 2017: Physiology & Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430415/omnidirectional-harvesting-of-weak-light-using-a-graphene-quantum-dot-modified-organic-silicon-hybrid-device
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Meng-Lin Tsai, Dung-Sheng Tsai, Libin Tang, Lih-Juann Chen, Shu Ping Lau, Jr-Hau He
Despite great improvements in traditional inorganic photodetectors and photovoltaics, more progress is needed in the detection/collection of light at low-level conditions. Traditional photodetectors tend to suffer from high noise when operated at room temperature; therefore these devices require additional cooling systems to detect weak or dim light. Conventional solar cells also face the challenge of poor light-harvesting capabilities in hazy or cloudy weather. The real world features such varying levels of light, which makes it important to develop strategies that allow optical devices to function when conditions are less than optimal...
April 21, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430119/influence-of-wind-speed-on-rgb-d-images-in-tree-plantations
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Dionisio Andújar, José Dorado, José María Bengochea-Guevara, Jesús Conesa-Muñoz, César Fernández-Quintanilla, Ángela Ribeiro
Weather conditions can affect sensors' readings when sampling outdoors. Although sensors are usually set up covering a wide range of conditions, their operational range must be established. In recent years, depth cameras have been shown as a promising tool for plant phenotyping and other related uses. However, the use of these devices is still challenged by prevailing field conditions. Although the influence of lighting conditions on the performance of these cameras has already been established, the effect of wind is still unknown...
April 21, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429683/biokinetics-of-yttrium-and-comparison-with-its-geochemical-twin-holmium
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Richard Wayne Leggett
The transition metal yttrium (Y, atomic number 39) is chemically similar to elements in the lanthanide family (atomic numbers 57-71) and is found with the lanthanides in rare earth ores. Yttrium and the lanthanide holmium are referred to as geochemical twins because they generally show little fractionation from metamorphic or weathering processes, due to their closely similar chemical properties and nearly identical ionic radii. Extensive measurements on rocks, soils, and meteorites indicate that the Y/Ho mass concentration ratio rarely falls far from the so-called chondritic or solar system ratio of ~26...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Radiological Protection: Official Journal of the Society for Radiological Protection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429050/assessment-of-cr-ni-and-pb-pollution-in-rural-agricultural-soils-of-tonalite-trondjhemite-series-in-central-india
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Kriti Shukla, Bijendra Kumar, Rahul Agrawal, Kumari Priyanka, Madavi Venkatesh, Anshumali
Chromium (Cr), nickel (Ni) and lead (Pb) contamination was investigated in wheat cultivated rain-fed and irrigated rural agricultural soils (n = 31) of Tonalite-Trondjhemite Series in Central India. The soil sampling was carried out by using stratified random sampling method. The mean concentrations of Cr, Ni and Pb were 54.8, 38.1 and 68.9 mg/kg, respectively. The average values of enrichment factor (EF), geoaccumulation index (I geo ) and contamination factor (CF) followed the order as: Pb > Ni > Cr...
April 20, 2017: Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428872/are-whooping-cranes-destined-for-extinction-climate-change-imperils-recruitment-and-population-growth
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Matthew J Butler, Kristine L Metzger, Grant M Harris
Identifying climatic drivers of an animal population's vital rates and locating where they operate steers conservation efforts to optimize species recovery. The population growth of endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana) hinges on juvenile recruitment. Therefore, we identify climatic drivers (solar activity [sunspots] and weather) of whooping crane recruitment throughout the species' life cycle (breeding, migration, wintering). Our method uses a repeated cross-validated absolute shrinkage and selection operator approach to identify drivers of recruitment...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428848/modeling-activity-patterns-of-wildlife-using-time-series-analysis
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Jindong Zhang, Vanessa Hull, Zhiyun Ouyang, Liang He, Thomas Connor, Hongbo Yang, Jinyan Huang, Shiqiang Zhou, Zejun Zhang, Caiquan Zhou, Hemin Zhang, Jianguo Liu
The study of wildlife activity patterns is an effective approach to understanding fundamental ecological and evolutionary processes. However, traditional statistical approaches used to conduct quantitative analysis have thus far had limited success in revealing underlying mechanisms driving activity patterns. Here, we combine wavelet analysis, a type of frequency-based time-series analysis, with high-resolution activity data from accelerometers embedded in GPS collars to explore the effects of internal states (e...
April 2017: Ecology and Evolution
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427037/monitoring-of-styrene-oligomers-as-indicators-of-polystyrene-plastic-pollution-in-the-north-west-pacific-ocean
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Bum Gun Kwon, Keiji Amamiya, Hideto Sato, Seon-Yong Chung, Yoichi Kodera, Seung-Kyu Kim, Eung Jae Lee, Katsuhiko Saido
Styrene oligomers (SOs) as global contaminants are an environmental concern. However, little is known on the distribution of SOs in the ocean. Here, we show the distribution of anthropogenic SOs generated from discarded polystyrene (PS) plastic monitored from the coastal ocean surface waters (horizontal distribution) and deep seawaters (vertical distribution) in the North-West Pacific Ocean. SOs concentrations in surface seawater and deep seawater ranged from 0.17 to 4.26 μg L(-1) (total mean: 1.48 ± 1...
April 14, 2017: Chemosphere
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426985/current-uses-of-ground-penetrating-radar-in-groundwater-dependent-ecosystems-research
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Catarina Paz, Francisco J Alcalá, Jorge M Carvalho, Luís Ribeiro
Ground penetrating radar (GPR) is a high-resolution technique widely used in shallow groundwater prospecting. This makes GPR ideal to characterize the hydrogeological functioning of groundwater-dependent ecosystems (GDE). This paper reviews current uses of GPR in GDE research through the construction of a database comprising 91 worldwide GPR case studies selected from the literature and classified according to (1) geological environments favouring GDE; (2) hydrogeological research interests; and (3) field technical and (4) hydrogeological conditions of the survey...
April 17, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
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