Monitoring of brine discharges from seawater desalination plants in the Mediterranean

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Title: Monitoring of brine discharges from seawater desalination plants in the Mediterranean
Authors: Fernández-Torquemada, Yolanda | Sánchez-Lizaso, José Luis
Research Group/s: Biología Marina
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Ciencias del Mar y Biología Aplicada
Keywords: Brine diposal | Desalination | Echinoderms | Monitoring of biological communities | Posidonia oceanica
Knowledge Area: Ciencias del Mar
Date Created: 2006
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.
Citation: FERNÁNDEZ TORQUEMADA, Yolanda; SÁNCHEZ LIZASO, José Luis. “Monitoring of brine discharges from seawater desalination plants in the Mediterranean”. International Journal of Environment and Health. Vol. 1, No. 3 (2007). ISSN 1743-4955, pp. 449-461
Abstract: Desalination of seawater has become an important and growing industry due to the water shortage in some Mediterranean countries. This activity may result in environmental impacts, mainly generated by the discharge into the sea of the concentrate (brine) produced. Data regarding the dispersion of these hypersaline effluents, and about their effects in the marine ecosystem, are very scarce. The objective of this paper is to present some strategies for the monitoring, in time and space, of the brine discharge, and to describe the marine organisms selected as bioindicators for these studies (seagrasses and echinoderms), due to their relevance and high sensitivity to salinity changes.
ISSN: 1743-4955 (Print) | 1743-4963 (Online)
DOI: 10.1504/IJENVH.2007.017870
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Peer Review: si
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