Urban water quality modelling: a parsimonious holistic approach for a complex real case study

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In the past three decades, scientific research has focused on the preservation of waterresources, and in particular, on the polluting impact of urban areas on natural water bodies.One approach to this research has involved the development of tools to describe the phenomenathat take place on the urban catchment during both wet and dry periods. Research hasdemonstrated the importance of the integrated analysis of all the transformation phases thatcharacterise the delivery and treatment of urban water pollutants from source to outfall. Withthis aim, numerous integrated urban drainage models have been developed to analyse the fate ofpollution from urban catchments to the final receiving waters, simulating several physical andchemical processes. Such modelling approaches require calibration, and for this reason,researchers have tried to address two opposing needs: the need for reliable representation ofcomplex systems, and the need to employ parsimonious approaches to cope with the usuallyinsufficient, especially for urban sources, water quality data. The present paper discusses theapplication of a bespoke model to a complex integrated catchment: the Nocella basin (Italy). Thissystem is characterised by two main urban areas served by two wastewater treatment plants,and has a small river as the receiving water body. The paper describes the monitoring approachthat was used for model calibration, presents some interesting considerations about themonitoring needs for integrated modelling applications, and provides initial results useful foridentifying the most relevant polluting sources.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)521-536
Numero di pagine16
RivistaWater Science and Technology
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2010

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