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Special Issue "Diffuse Water Pollution"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 June 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Antonio Lo Porto

Water Research Institute - National Research Council, IRSA-CNR, Bari, Italy
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Phone: +39 3471604003
Interests: integrated water resources management; diffuse water pollution; EU WFD implementation; river basin planning; irrigation management
Guest Editor
Dr. Anna Maria De Girolamo

Water Research Institute - National Research Council, IRSA-CNR, Bari, Italy
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Phone: +39 0805820547
Interests: Eco-hydrology, erosion, diffuse water pollution, modelling hydrology and water quality, climate change impacts on water resources, Integrated Water Resources Management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Diffuse water pollution from urban and rural sources keeps impacting worldwide water resources, apparently regardless of the efforts made. In order to overcome this problem and improve the overall quality of surface- and groundwater resources, several research gaps still exist that deserve attention: What is the actual effectiveness of mitigation measures for rural and urban sources? How to draw a basin scale Program of Measure able to achieve its goals? Which is the time gap to see the effects of mitigation measures? Are current monitoring schemes good enough to allow reporting on before and after management implementation? Are we actually able to carry out correct sources apportionment? Are Natural Based Solutions effective in reducing diffuse pollution load? Do different climatic/environmental conditions influence the effects of diffuse pollution and of mitigation measures? Is the current knowledge able to deliver TMDL allocations? Are our modelling tools adequate in handling sediment erosion/delivering and transport of compounds of emerging concern of diffuse origin?

The Special Issue on “Diffuse Water Pollution” is aimed at collecting the cutting-edge research on this topic, including selected papers presented at the “2018 SWAT International Conference” held in September 2018 in Brussels.  

Dr. Antonio Lo Porto
Dr. Anna Maria De Girolamo
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • NPS
  • hydrological models
  • sediment
  • best management practices
  • program of measures
  • TMDL
  • urban SUDs

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Open AccessArticle A Spatial Analysis to Define Data Requirements for Hydrological and Water Quality Models in Data-Limited Regions
Water 2019, 11(2), 267; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11020267
Received: 17 December 2018 / Revised: 25 January 2019 / Accepted: 30 January 2019 / Published: 3 February 2019
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Abstract
The objective of the present work is a spatial analysis aimed at supporting hydrological and water quality model applications in the Canale d’Aiedda basin (Puglia, Italy), a data-limited area. The basin is part of the sensitive environmental area of Taranto that requires remediation [...] Read more.
The objective of the present work is a spatial analysis aimed at supporting hydrological and water quality model applications in the Canale d’Aiedda basin (Puglia, Italy), a data-limited area. The basin is part of the sensitive environmental area of Taranto that requires remediation of the soil, subsoil, surface water, and groundwater. A monitoring plan was defined to record the streamflow and water quality parameters needed for calibrating and validating models, and a database archived in a GIS environment was built, which includes climatic data, soil hydraulic parameters, groundwater data, surface water quality parameters, point-source parameters, and information on agricultural practices. Based on a one-year monitoring of activities, the average annual loads of N-NO3 and P-PO4 delivered to the Mar Piccolo amounted to about 42 t year−1, and 2 t year−1, respectively. Knowledge uncertainty in monthly load estimation was found to be up to 25% for N-NO3 and 40% for P-PO4. The contributions of point sources in terms of N-NO3 and P-PO4 were estimated at 45% and 77%, respectively. This study defines a procedure for supporting modelling activities at the basin scale for data-limited regions. Full article
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