Modelling the risk of water pollution impacts on ecosystem services in the Ramganga Basin, India

Miriam Glendell (Lead / Corresponding author), Rachel Helliwell, Craig Hutton, Alessandro Gimona, Ioanna Akoumianaki, Sarah Halliday, Andrew Allan

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Abstract

This project aimed to understand the likely impact of water quality on ecosystem services, including risk to health and food security (crops and fisheries) within a risk-based framework.
Risk = Hazard * Vulnerability
Hazard was derived as likely exposure to pollution, using available data on land cover; industry location ; fertiliser application; irrigation, sewage treatment and population density.
Vulnerability was mapped as mean capital scores using the Sustainable Livelihoods Framework , based on the 2011 census data. We hypothesised that populations with high access to natural capital and low infrastructure (physical capital) will be more susceptible to pollution.
A Bayesian Belief Network was constructed to conceptualise the framework and was informed by literature, data and expert opinion of the study area by the project investigators.
Original languageEnglish
Pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event6th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science: Riverine Landscapes as Coupled Socio-ecological Systems - Universität für Bodenkultur Wien, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
https://amber.international/event/6th-biennial-symposium-of-the-international-society-for-river-science/

Conference

Conference6th Biennial Symposium of the International Society for River Science
Abbreviated titleisrs2019
Country/TerritoryAustria
CityVienna
Period8/09/1913/09/19
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