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TitleOptimization of fluvial beaches location based on a multi-criteria approach combining river hydrodynamics and water quality
Author(s)Pinho, José L. S.
Costa, Sérgio
Fernandes, Susana
Brito, A. G.
KeywordsFluvial beaches
Risk assessment
Multi-criteria analysis
River modelling
Issue dateOct-2016
CitationPinho J. L. S., Costa S., Fernandes S., Brito A. G. Optimization of Fluvıal Beaches Locatıon Based on a Multı-Crıterıa Approach Combining Rıver Hydrodynamıcs and Water Qualıty, 2nd International Conference on Integrated Environmental Management for Sustainable Development, pp. 1-14, 2016
Abstract(s)River basin management decisions arecomplex allocation processes that should be based on adequate decision support methodologies aiming at an efficient, rational and integrated use of water resources. The present study presents a site-specificmethodology designed toidentify and to rank potential fluvial beach locationscombininghydrodynamic comfort and water quality indexes. The concept was validated in Cavadoriver basinlocated in northern Portugal, where 73bathing locations were assessed and ranked.Results showed that only 8,3%presented a positive performance in terms of both water quality and hydrodynamic comfort, while16,3%present a favorable water quality performance but a low hydrodynamic comfort due toupstream hydropower plants.In conclusion, the multi-criteria methodology provided to be straightforward for water bathing sites identification, fostering the use of such licensingapproaches by local water authorities.
TypeConference paper
AccessOpen access
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