Title: Fluxes of Water and Nutrients from River Runoff to the Mediterranean Sea Using GIS and a Watershed Model
Citation: JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-OCEANS vol. 114 no. G3 p. G03012 (1-14)
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC50783
ISSN: 0148-0227
URI: http://www.agu.org/pubs/crossref/2009/2008JG000821.shtml
DOI: 10.1029/2008JG000821
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The Mediterranean Sea is an important regional EU sea and often used to assess the global change of the environment due to its practically enclosed character. As most of the northern part is bordered by the EU, it is also of interest in the evaluation of the environmental and economic impact of the implementation of the EU Water Framework Directive and related legislation. Within this framework, nutrient loads from the adjacent land surfaces need to be assessed. For this purpose, the GIS-interfaced hydrologic/water quality model AVGWLF (ArcView Generalized Watershed Loading Function Model) was applied to all coastal-adjacent catchments of the Mediterranean Sea. Results of this exercise have shown that the modelled average streamflow and nutrient loads fall within the literature-reported ranges and therefore, making the successful application of this model feasible. However, for improved representation of the actual Mediterranean Sea streamflow and nutrient status, better input data are required, particularly for the Asian and North African regions.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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