Role of land use and seasonal factors in water quality degradation

Carroll, Steven P., Liu, An, Dawes, Les, Hargreaves, Megan, & Goonetilleke, Ashantha (2013) Role of land use and seasonal factors in water quality degradation. Water Resources Management, 27(9), pp. 3433-3440.

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Abstract

Surface water and groundwater are the most important water sources in the natural environment. Land use and seasonal factors play an important role in influencing the quality of these water sources. An in-depth understanding of the role of these two influential factors can help to implement an effective catchment management strategy for the protection of these water sources. This paper discusses the outcomes of an extensive research study which investigated the role of land use and seasonal factors on surface water and groundwater pollution in a mixed land use coastal catchment. The study confirmed that the influence exerted on the water environment by seasonal factors is secondary to that of land use. Furthermore, the influence of land use and seasonal factors on surface water and groundwater quality varies with the pollutant species. This highlights the need to specifically take into consideration the targeted pollutants and the key influential factors for the effective protection of vulnerable receiving water environments.

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ID Code: 61113
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Surface water quality, Groundwater quality, Land use, Stormwater quality, Stormwater pollutant processes, Multivariate analysis
DOI: 10.1007/s11269-013-0356-6
ISSN: 0920-4741
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Water Quality Engineering (090508)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Earth, Environmental & Biological Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Springer
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Deposited On: 04 Jul 2013 23:46
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2014 04:00

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