A high-resolution global SWATplus water quality model: Harmonizing local and global perspectives

Nkwasa, A., Chawanda, C.J., & van Griensven, A. (2024). A high-resolution global SWATplus water quality model: Harmonizing local and global perspectives. DOI:10.5194/egusphere-egu24-19564. In: EGU General Assembly 2024, 14-19 April 2024, Vienna.

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Surface water pollution has emerged as one of the predominant environmental challenges of this century, as human activities and climate change considerably alter the natural quality of freshwater ecosystems. However, gauging the true extent of how polluted or impacted freshwaters are remains challenging globally simply due to limited spatial and temporal water quality observations. To address this gap, we present a high-resolution global water quality model utilizing the Soil Water and Assessment Tool (SWAT+). Our objectives are twofold: (1) to offer locally relevant water quality estimates on a global scale and (2) to understand how human activities and climate change are influencing the water quality of rivers on the globally. In this study, we examine future spatial patterns and temporal trends in river nutrients (Total Nitrogen – TN and Total Phosphorus – TP) and sediment load concentrations until 2100, considering changing climate and socioeconomic conditions. Additionally, we attribute the primary contributing drivers to nutrient water pollution, shedding light on the key factors shaping the future of global water quality.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Research Programs: Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR)
Biodiversity and Natural Resources (BNR) > Water Security (WAT)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2024 08:38
Last Modified: 30 Apr 2024 08:38
URI: https://pure.iiasa.ac.at/19681

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