Revisiting artificial monolayers as a strategy to reduce evaporative loss from large open water storages

Pittaway, P. and Hancock, N. and Brink, G. and Symes, T. and Schmidt, E. (2009) Revisiting artificial monolayers as a strategy to reduce evaporative loss from large open water storages. In: 1st Urban Water Security Research Alliance Science Forum (UWSRA 2009), 17-18 Aug 2009, Brisbane, Australia.

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Applying an artificial monolayer to a large water storage offers the most economic and environmentally benign
option for reducing evaporative loss. In July this year, the Urban Water Security Research Alliance commenced a
project to evaluate the sensitivity of scintillation and eddy covariance technologies in monitoring evaporative loss.
Seasonal changes in water quality and the limnology of surface and subsurface water samples in the absence of an
applied artificial monolayer will also be documented. Provided the instrumentation is sufficiently sensitive, the
project will also evaluate the effectiveness of a selected artificial monolayer in reducing evaporative loss, and its
ecological impact. Recent studies on South East Queensland (SEQ) water storages have established the existence of
natural microlayers, which also affect the properties of the air-water interface. If the ecological impact of an
artificial monolayer is equivalent to pre-existing microlayers, but more effective in reducing evaporation, the
technology may be appropriate for use on urban water storages.

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Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2017 03:46
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Uncontrolled Keywords: monolayer; microlayer; evaporative loss; urban water storages
Fields of Research : 04 Earth Sciences > 0406 Physical Geography and Environmental Geoscience > 040608 Surfacewater Hydrology
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0799 Other Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 079901 Agricultural Hydrology (Drainage, Flooding, Irrigation, Quality, etc.)
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090509 Water Resources Engineering
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9611 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water > 961199 Physical and Chemical Conditions of Water not elsewhere classified

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