STP607: Automated Measurement of River Productivity for Eutrophication Prediction

    Kelly, MG
    Associate professor, associate professor, and research associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Hornberger, GM
    Associate professor, associate professor, and research associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Cosby, BJ
    Associate professor, associate professor, and research associate, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.

    Pages: 14    Published: Jan 1976


    Abstract

    A method for monitoring net and gross community oxygen productivity, community respiration, photosynthetic efficiency, and reaeration coefficient has been tested in five contrasting rivers. The technique uses relatively inexpensive digital data collection and processing, and allows detection of incipient eutrophication due to nutrient input and excess oxygen demand from organic waste input. Oxygen concentration, temperature, and solar radiation are recorded over a 24-h period and are the data used to calculate the parameters necessary for water quality monitoring. A few weeks data, taken during summer low-flow conditions, are then used to discriminate water quality.

    Keywords:

    aquatic biology, water pollution, water quality, biological productivity, eutrophication, reaeration coefficient, dissolved oxygen, river ecology


    Paper ID: STP27842S

    Committee/Subcommittee: D19.95

    DOI: 10.1520/STP27842S


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