Special Issue "Monitoring, Modelling and Management of Water Quality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Matthias Zessner
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Technische Universitat Wien, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, Vienna, Austria
Interests: monitoring of emission pathways of nutrients and micropollutants; emission modeling; water pollution control; water quality and river basin management; regional nutrient management
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Dear Colleagues,

Different types of pressures, such as nutrients, micropollutants, microbes, nanoparticles, microplastics or antibiotic-resistant gens, endanger the quality of water bodies. Evidence-based pollution control needs to build on the three basic elements of water governance: Monitoring, modeling, and management (m3). Monitoring sets the empirical basis by providing space- and time-dependent information on substance concentrations and loads as well as driving boundary conditions for assessing water quality trends, water quality statuses, and providing necessary information for the calibration and validation of models. Modeling needs proper system understanding and helps to derive information for times and locations where no monitoring is done or possible: Risk assessment for exceedance of quality standards, assessment of regionalized relevance of sources and pathways of pollution, effectiveness of measures, bundles of measures or policies, and assessment of future developments as scenarios or forecasts. Management relies on this information and translates it in a socioeconomic context into specific plans for implementation. Evaluation of success of management plans again includes well-defined monitoring strategies.

For this Special Issue, authors are invited to publish advances in monitoring, modeling, and management of water quality. Contributions are welcomed that either address new concepts and methods of water quality monitoring, new developments of modeling tools or innovative approaches of exploiting those monitoring and modeling strategies for effective water quality management.

Prof. Matthias Zessner
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • effectiveness of measures
  • scenarios and forecasts
  • socioeconomic context
  • sources and pathways of water pollution
  • system understanding
  • water governance
  • water quality statuses and trends
  • water pollution control

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Chromaticity Measurement Based on the Image Method and Its Application in Water Quality Detection
Water 2019, 11(11), 2339; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11112339 - 08 Nov 2019
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In order to measure the chromaticity of water and the content of dissolved matter more accurately, effectively, and cheaply, a chromaticity measurement system based on the image method was proposed and applied. The measurement system used the designed acquisition device and image processing [...] Read more.
In order to measure the chromaticity of water and the content of dissolved matter more accurately, effectively, and cheaply, a chromaticity measurement system based on the image method was proposed and applied. The measurement system used the designed acquisition device and image processing software to obtain the Red-Green-Blue (RGB) values of the image and converted the color image from RGB color space to Hue-Saturation-Intensity (HSI) space to separate the chromaticity and brightness. According to the definition of chromaticity, the hue (H), saturation (S) values, and chromaticity of standard chromaticity solution images were fitted by a non-linear surface, and a three-dimensional chromaticity measurement model was established based on the H and S values of water images. For the measurement of a standard chromaticity solution, the proposed method has higher accuracy than spectrophotometry. For actual water sample measurements, there is no significant difference between the results of this method and the spectrophotometer method, which verified the validity of the method. In addition, the system was tried to measure the concentration of ammonia nitrogen, phosphate, and chloride in water with satisfactory results. Full article
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Assessing the Impact of Storm Drains at Road Embankments on Diffuse Particulate Phosphorus Emissions in Agricultural Catchments
Water 2019, 11(10), 2161; https://doi.org/10.3390/w11102161 - 17 Oct 2019
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This study presents a simple mapping key suitable for quick and systematic assessments of the types of agricultural and civil engineering structures present in a certain agricultural catchment as well as the impact they may have on the spatial distribution of critical source [...] Read more.
This study presents a simple mapping key suitable for quick and systematic assessments of the types of agricultural and civil engineering structures present in a certain agricultural catchment as well as the impact they may have on the spatial distribution of critical source areas. An application of this mapping key to three small sub-catchments of a case study catchment with an area of several hundred square kilometres (one-stage cluster sampling) in Austria clearly reveals that road embankments with subsurface drainage can exert a major influence on emissions and transport pathways of sediment-bound pollutants like particulate phosphorus (PP). Due to this, the semi-empirical, spatially distributed PhosFate model is extended to separately model PP emissions into surface waters via storm drains along road embankments. Furthermore, the overall share of road embankments with subsurface drainage on all road embankments in the case study catchment is inferred with the help of a Bayesian hierarchical model. The combination of the results of these two models shows that the share of storm drains at road embankments on total PP emissions ranges from about one fifth to one third in the investigated area. Full article
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