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Statistical Analysis of Bathing Water Quality in Puglia Region (Italy)

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DICATECh, Polytechnic University of Bari, Via E. Orabona n.4, 70125 Bari, Italy
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Freelance, Largo G. Ungaretti 2, 70056 Molfetta, Italy
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ARPA Puglia, Corso Trieste 27, 70126 Bari, Italy
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15(5), 1010; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph15051010
Received: 6 April 2018 / Revised: 15 May 2018 / Accepted: 15 May 2018 / Published: 17 May 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Health)
Geostatistic analysis was applied to the dataset from multi-year monitoring, in the Apulian marine-coastal zone (Mediterranean Sea, Italy), on the presence and abundance of intestinal Enterococci and Escherichia coli, microbiological indicators of faecal contamination at the sea. The same faecal contamination can be considered as the main cause of pollution phenomenon under current Italian and European regulations for the bathing waters (Italian Government Decree 116/2008, European Directive 2006/7/CE). The main objective of the study is to verify, taking into the account the anthropic pressures acting on the coastal zone, the efficiency of the Apulian regional monitoring plan currently in force for the assessment of bathing waters quality, with a view to a hypothetical reduction of sample collection points. View Full-Text
Keywords: spatial and temporal analysis; Indicator Kriging; bathing water quality indicators; faecal contamination; coastal water monitoring spatial and temporal analysis; Indicator Kriging; bathing water quality indicators; faecal contamination; coastal water monitoring
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Malcangio, D.; Donvito, C.; Ungaro, N. Statistical Analysis of Bathing Water Quality in Puglia Region (Italy). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 1010.

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