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Environmental risk assessment of water quality in harbor areas: A new methodology applied to European ports

Abstract: This work presents a standard and unified procedure for assessment of environmental risks at the contaminant source level in port aquatic systems. Using this method, port managers and local authorities will be able to hierarchically classify environmental hazards and proceed with the most suitable management actions. This procedure combines rigorously selected parameters and indicators to estimate the environmental risk of each contaminant source based on its probability, consequences and vulnerability. The spatio-temporal variability of multiple stressors (agents) and receptors (endpoints) is taken into account to provide accurate estimations for application of precisely defined measures. The developed methodology is tested on a wide range of different scenarios via application in six European ports. The validation process confirms its usefulness, versatility and adaptability as a management tool for port water quality in Europe and worldwide.

 Fuente: Journal of Environmental Management 155 (2015) 77-88

 Editorial: Academic Press

 Año de publicación: 2015

 Nº de páginas: 12

 Tipo de publicación: Artículo de Revista

 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.01.042

 ISSN: 0301-4797,1095-8630

 Proyecto español: BIA2012-34123 ; PORTONOVO: Water quality in harbors. Ref: 2009-1/119