Selecting Water Quality Parameters for Sustainable Water Resource Management

By Marina G. Erechtchoukova and Peter A. Khaiter.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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The challenge of sustainable management of water resources is in the necessity to assess current and to predict future states of the resources under anthropogenic impact and to evaluate direct and indirect consequences of the impact on aquatic systems. The assessment of states of a water resource and measuring an anthropogenic impact on the resource is performed using environmental indicators that provide information about changes in environmental conditions. A sustainable approach to water resource management includes planning and adaptive management with mandatory monitoring and assessment based on selected indicators. Values of selected indicators can be determined from data obtained in observations and complemented by simulation. In both cases, observation data are necessary to conduct the analysis and to compare available management alternatives. The selection of environmental parameters for the evaluation of the indicators is an important step in sustainable management. This paper examines basic water quality parameters, their properties, usefulness and reliability with respect to the assessment process in sustainable water resource management

Keywords: Water Quality, Environmental Indicator, Monitoring Design, Sustainable Water Resource Management

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.187-202. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1019.313KB).

Prof. Marina G. Erechtchoukova

Assistant Professor, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Erechtchoukova is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada. She received her BS and MS degrees in Applied Mathematics and PhD in Computer Science. Author of more than 55 research papers. Fields of work: application of information technology to sustainable environmental resource management and environmental monitoring, data-driven and model-driven decision support, simulation modeling for environmental assessment.

Prof. Peter A. Khaiter

Assistant Professor, Atkinson Faculty of Liberal and Professional Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada

Dr. Khaiter is an Assistant Professor of Information Technology in the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, York University, Canada. He received his BS and MS degrees in Economic Cybernetics, MS degree in Environmental Studies and PhD degree in Mathematical Modelling/Information Technology. Author of more than 60 research papers. Fields of work: sustainable development, socio-economic and ecological systems, economic valuation and management of natural resources, environmental economics, mathematical modelling of complex systems, information systems for environmental monitoring and sustainable management.

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