Effects of silviculture on water quality in Southwestern China
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. School of Environment and Natural Resources Undergraduate Research Theses; 2015
Agricultural nutrient pollution is of major concern throughout the world for its effects on water quality. In silviculture systems, excess and inappropriate fertilizer additions have the potential to cause over-productive waterways and eutrophication. Examining the impacts of slope steepness and runoff volume on water quality parameters (total suspended solids, electrical conductivity, pH, and dissolved oxygen) will allow for a better development of best management techniques for personalized silviculture practices. We assessed the effects of forest ecosystems in southwestern China on surface water quality closely adjacent to these forests. Results implicate a positive significant relationship between three of four water quality parameters (total suspended solids, electrical conductivity, and pH) and slope steepness. Using slope to predict amount of storm water runoff within these areas may allow for more efficient and environmentally sound agriculture practices.
Academic Major: Environmental Science
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