Reservoir Water Quality Modeling in Northern Portugal—Some Case Studies

by A. C. Rodrigues, New Univ of Lisbon, Monte da Caparica, Portugal,
G. T. Orlob, New Univ of Lisbon, Monte da Caparica, Portugal,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


In the last two decades environmental problems have become a major concern in Portugal as the effects of water pollution have gradually impaired the quality of water resources. Mathematical models have naturally become useful and necessary tools for water quality assessment, both for planning and management. This paper describes a NATO sponsored program for water quality modeling of some reservoirs in Northern Portugal, which are key elements in a log-term global water management project for this region. Four reservoirs, each with unique water quality problems, are being studied. Preliminary results of modeling these reservoirs are presented, specific problems are discussed, and future goals for modeling are identified.

Subject Headings: Hydrologic models | Water quality | Case studies | Reservoirs | Water pollution | Water resources | Quality control | Environmental issues | Portugal | Europe

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