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    Minimal climate change impacts on natural organic matter forecasted for a potable water supply in Ireland

    O'Driscoll, Connie and Ledesma, José L.J. and Coll, John and Murnane, John G. and Nolan, Paul and Mockler, Eva M. and Futter, Martyn N. and Xiao, Liwen W. (2018) Minimal climate change impacts on natural organic matter forecasted for a potable water supply in Ireland. Science of The Total Environment, 630. pp. 869-877. ISSN 0048-9697

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    Natural organic matter poses an increasing challenge to water managers because of its potential adverse impacts on water treatment and distribution, and subsequently human health. Projections were made of impacts of climate change on dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the primarily agricultural Boyne catchment which is used as a potable water supply in Ireland. The results indicated that excluding a potential rise in extreme precipitation, future projected loads are not dissimilar to those observed under current conditions. This is because projected increases in DOC concentrations are offset by corresponding decreases in precipitation and hence river flow. However, the results presented assume no changes in land use and highlight the predicted increase in DOC loads from abstracted waters at water treatment plants.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: Our study was funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under the Water - EPA Research Strategy 2014-2020 program (grant number 2013-W-MS-14). JC also acknowledges funding provided by the EPA under project 2012-CCRP-FS.11. Sincere thanks are extended to Local Authorities for allowing site access.
    Keywords: Natural organic matter; Carbon cycle; Surface water; Climate change; INCA-C; Ireland;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Geography
    Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Institutes > Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units, ICARUS
    Item ID: 13196
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    Depositing User: Dr John Coll
    Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2020 11:51
    Journal or Publication Title: Science of The Total Environment
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

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