A sub-catchment based approach for modelling nutrient dynamics and transport at a river basin scale

Alam, Md Jahangir and Dutta, Dushmanta (2016) A sub-catchment based approach for modelling nutrient dynamics and transport at a river basin scale. Water Resources Management, 30 (14). pp. 5455-5478. ISSN 0920-4741

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The prediction of nutrient pollution at realistic details is difficult due to lack of proper description of inherent processes in modelling tools. To overcome that this study has adopted a process based approach to build a semi-distributed model to simulate nutrient pollution in changing environment. The model was built to describe: (1) nutrient generation process in the catchment with consideration of different aspects of external and internal sources, (2) nutrient release from surface to the waterways via runoff and soil erosion, and (3) in-stream transport and chemical reaction process. The key novelty of this research is the linking of the nutrient generation process with transport mechanism for modelling nutrient
dynamics at a basin scale. A flow capacity based approach was introduced to determine nutrient export from catchment to the waterways, which was useful to achieve the high resolution outputs from the model. The model performed reasonably well to represent the behaviour of nutrient in high flow events as well as in seasonal flow in two catchments located in distinct hydro-climatic regions. The study has shown that the nutrient model is suitable for predicting actual nutrient pollution in rivers for both high flow and seasonal flow under different hydro-climatic conditions. By simulating organic and inorganic nutrients separately,the model allows to estimate river water quality status in detail.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Civil Engineering and Surveying
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2017 04:45
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 02:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: nutrient pollution; process-based modelling; soil erosion; catchment and in-stream process; river basin
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0907 Environmental Engineering > 090702 Environmental Engineering Modelling
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0103 Numerical and Computational Mathematics > 010302 Numerical Solution of Differential and Integral Equations
04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040607 Surface Processes
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961002 Natural Hazards in Coastal and Estuarine Environments
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970104 Expanding Knowledge in the Earth Sciences
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9609 Land and Water Management > 960999 Land and Water Management of Environments not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1007/s11269-016-1500-x
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/29838

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