Echinoderms as indicators of brine discharge impacts

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dc.contributorBiología Marinaes
dc.contributorRecursos Hídricos y Desarrollo Sosteniblees
dc.contributor.authorFernández-Torquemada, Yolanda-
dc.contributor.authorGonzález-Correa, José Miguel-
dc.contributor.authorSánchez-Lizaso, José Luis-
dc.contributor.otherUniversidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicadaes
dc.identifier.citationFERNÁNDEZ-TORQUEMADA, Yolanda; GONZÁLEZ-CORREA, José Miguel; SÁNCHEZ-LIZASO, José Luis. “Echinoderms as indicators of brine discharge impacts”. Desalination and Water Treatment. Vol. 51, Issue 1-3 (2013). ISSN 1944-3994, pp. 567-573es
dc.identifier.issn1944-3994 (Print)-
dc.identifier.issn1944-3986 (Online)-
dc.description.abstractEchinoderms are osmoconformer organisms and are expected to be very sensitive to brine discharges. The objective of this study is to examine the use of echinoderms as early warning indicators of the impact of brine discharges and its application in the management of desalination discharges. We sampled using visual census along transect lines, for nine consecutive years and in three different stations, i.e. before the seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant began operating and thereafter. One year after the plant operation, echinoderms disappeared from the localities affected by the desalination brine. When the desalination brine was diluted with seawater prior to discharge, it was observed a recovery of echinoderm densities in these localities. Therefore, echinoderm populations may be used as early indicators to monitor impacts associated with a desalination brine discharge, but also to detect a possible recovery of a previously impacted area when additional mitigation measures to reduce the impact of brine discharge have been
dc.description.sponsorshipThis project was financially supported by the Water Consortium “Mancomunidad de Canales del Taibilla”.es
dc.publisherDesalination Publicationses
dc.rightsThis is an electronic version of an article published in the Desalination and Water Treatment ©2013 Copyright Desalination Publications; Desalination and Water Treatment is available online at
dc.subjectDesalination dischargees
dc.subjectBiological indicatorses
dc.titleEchinoderms as indicators of brine discharge impactses
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