Classification of the dynamics of water quality changes in the Elbe River basin

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Title:Classification of the dynamics of water quality changes in the Elbe River basin
Creators:
Langhammer, Jakub; langhamr at natur dot cuni dot cz; Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Albertov 6, Prague 2, 128 43,Czech Republic
Journal or Publication Title:
Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics, 53, 4, pp. 205-218
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hydrology, Water Quality, Pollution, Elbe, GIS, Geostatistical Analysis, Modelling

Abstract

With regard to the water quality changes, the area of the Czech part of the Elbe River basin is extraordinarily dynamic. In the 20th century it experienced an enormous increase of load of pollution. Since the beginning of the 1990´s due to the political and economical changes we have witnessed a particularly intensive decrease in the emission volume and a related increase in water quality of watercourses. However, positive changes in the pollution load balance have occurred mainly in the biggest watercourses and these changes have not been accompanied by similar development in the whole river system. Using a newly created classification methodology the basic models of dynamics of water quality changes in the Elbe River basin have been derived. Based on GIS geostatistical analysis, regions with analogous water quality development trends have been defined for selected parameters and critical areas have been identified. It has become apparent that the prevailing part of the Elbe River basin has been experiencing a gradual increase in pollution. In addition, after a previous decrease, a number of watercourses experienced a recurrence of the increase in load. These areas are priorities for further development and the control of surface water protection against pollution.

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Title:Classification of the dynamics of water quality changes in the Elbe River basin
Translated title:Klasifikace dynamiky změn kvality vody v povodí Labe
Creators:
Langhammer, Jakub; langhamr at natur dot cuni dot cz; Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Science, Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology, Albertov 6, Prague 2, 128 43,Czech Republic
Uncontrolled Keywords:Hydrology, Water Quality, Pollution, Elbe, GIS, Geostatistical Analysis, Modelling
Subjects:T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions:Mathematics, Physics and Earth Sciences > Institute of Hydrodynamics > Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics
Journal or Publication Title:Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics
Volume:53
Number:4
Page Range:pp. 205-218
ISSN:0042-790X
Publisher:Institute of Hydrology of the Slovak Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Hydrodynamics of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic
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ID Code:6002
Item Type:Article
Deposited On:15 Jun 2010 12:20
Last Modified:15 Jun 2010 10:20

Citation

Langhammer, Jakub (2005) Classification of the dynamics of water quality changes in the Elbe River basin. Journal of Hydrology and Hydromechanics, 53 (4). pp. 205-218. ISSN 0042-790X

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