Comprehensive assessment of coastal eutrophication in Taiwan and its implications for management strategy

Ta Kang Liu, Ping Chen, Hou Yu Chen

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Abstract

Due to the rapid population growth, anthropogenic activities result in agricultural, industrial, and urban diffuse runoffs that elevate the level of nutrients such as nitrogen and phosphorus in coastal waters. Currently there is no integrated analysis for coastal eutrophication in Taiwan. A comprehensive analysis of the coastal eutrophic status was performed in this study based on decade-long coastal water quality monitoring data from Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration. A 3-tiered monitoring strategy is recommended based on the severity of the current eutrophication state. Results indicate that the most problematic area of coastal eutrophication is located in the estuary of the Donggang River (DGR) and its adjacent coastal waters, i.e., the Kao-Ping mouth (KPM) and Dapeng Bay (DPB) in south-western Taiwan. With a worsening eutrophic status, these areas demand intensive monitoring and research with higher spatial and temporal resolutions to evaluate the stresses of nutrient forcing and predict possible future responses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)440-450
Number of pages11
JournalMarine Pollution Bulletin
Volume97
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Feb 4

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Eutrophication
eutrophication
coastal water
Taiwan
Nutrients
Monitoring
monitoring
nutrient
environmental protection
nutrients
Estuaries
Environmental protection
Runoff
Water quality
anthropogenic activities
Phosphorus
Water
population growth
mouth
runoff

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  • Oceanography
  • Aquatic Science
  • Pollution

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