A framework for monitoring, modelling and managing water quality in the Forth Estuary, Scotland

Moffatt, I., Hanley, N. and Hallett, S. (1991) A framework for monitoring, modelling and managing water quality in the Forth Estuary, Scotland. Journal of Environmental Management, 33(4), pp. 311-325. (doi: 10.1016/S0301-4797(05)80020-9)

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Abstract

A framework for monitoring, modelling and managing water quality in the Forth estuary, Scotland, is presented. The data on over 200 determinands was kindly supplied by the Forth River Purification Board and is contained in a relational database. A description of the detailed analysis of some of the physical-biochemical parameters of water quality is given. In particular, the possibility of building dynamic simulation models and integrating these with sophisticated geographical information systems (GIS) is outlined as part of the integrated framework being developed by the research team. The third aspect of the study is to integrate alternative management decisions into the investigation of water quality in the Forth estuary. A distinctive feature of this research is the attempt to explore various economic options such as transferable discharge permits, and their impact on water quality, rather than rely solely on consent agreements. Again, the ways in which these economic incentives are embedded in the framework are discussed. Finally, the progress in this research which is directed at monitoring, modelling and managing water quality in the Forth estuary is discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hanley, Professor Nicholas
Authors: Moffatt, I., Hanley, N., and Hallett, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Journal of Environmental Management
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0301-4797
ISSN (Online):1095-8630

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