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Assessment of susceptibility to pollution in littoral waters using the concept of recovery time.

Abstract: Susceptibility to pollution can be related to the flushing capacity of aquatic systems. Transport time scales constitute a useful tool for representing the water exchange and transport processes. A new transport time scale, recovery time, and a methodology to estimate it by means of numerical models is hereby developed. Recovery time, calculated in Gijon, Santander and Tarragona harbours, is significantly related to physical, chemical and biological water quality indicators. Susceptibility, assessed through recovery time values, provides spatial patterns of expected flushing capacity, being sensitive to physical and hydrodynamic characteristics. The developed method is appropriate to estimate recovery time and assess susceptibility against pollution in littoral waters having great potential to be applied to different disciplines. Recovery time could be used in littoral waters as a surrogate of water quality indicators, to establish efficient monitoring programs, to define and characterize modified water bodies or to improve the design of marine infrastructures.

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 Fuente: Marine Pollution Bulletin, 81(1), 2014, pp.140–148

Editorial: Elsevier Ltd

 Año de publicación: 2014

Nº de páginas: 9

Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.02.004

ISSN: 0025-326X,1879-3363

 Proyecto español: CTM 2009-11206

Url de la publicación: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpolbul.2014.02.004