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Estimation of phosphorus emissions in the upper Iguazu basin (Brazil) using GIS and the MoRE Model

Porras, E. A. Acosta; Kishi, R. T.; Fuchs, S. 1; Hilgert, S. 1
1 Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


Pollution emissions into the drainage basin have direct impact on surface water quality. These emissions result from human activities that turn into pollution loads when they reach the water bodies, as point or diffuse sources. Their pollution potential depends on the characteristics and quantity of the transported materials. The estimation of pollution loads can assist decision-making in basin management. Knowledge about the potential pollution sources allows for a prioritization of pollution control policies to achieve the desired water quality. Consequently, it helps avoiding problems such as eutrophication of water bodies. The focus of the research described in this study is related to phosphorus emissions into river basins. The study area is the upper Iguazu basin that lies in the northeast region of the State of Paraná, Brazil, covering about 2,965 km² and around 4 million inhabitants live concentrated on just 16% of its area.
The MoRE (Modeling of Regionalized Emissions) model was used to estimate phosphorus emissions. MoRE is a model that uses empirical approaches to model processes in analytical units, capable of using spatially distributed parameters, covering both, emissions from point sources as well as non-point sources. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000068602
DOI: 10.5194/isprsarchives-XLI-B8-299-2016
Zitationen: 2
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Wasser und Gewässerentwicklung (IWG)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2016
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1682-1750
KITopen-ID: 1000068602
Erschienen in The international archives of photogrammetry, remote sensing and spatial information sciences
Verlag Copernicus Publications
Band 41
Seiten 299-304
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