Groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution of alluvial aquifers in Slovenia - Lower Savinja Valley case study
AbstractThe article introduced an upgraded approach to assessing the groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution. By using the results of field measurements and process-based models Outputs, author takes into account effects of nitrogen biogeochemical processes, that were hitherto underestimated in the evaluation schemes. The upgraded methodological self-validated approach to vulnerability assessment in Lower Savinja Valley case study increases reliability and thus effectiveness of decision-making in the water management. This was achieved by using the process-based models Outputs in the new pattern Classification schemes with the predictions of pollution phenomena. Spatial prediction of groundwater nitrate pollution probability and vulnerability Classification of the study area in Lower Savinja Valley was assessed by weights-of-evidence model (WofE). The increased degree of probability for the groundwater contamination with nitrates was determined for 62.5 percent of the aquifer area of the Lower Savinja Valley. About 27 percent of the most nitrate vulnerable areas in Lower Savinja Valley need groundwater nitrate mitigation through land-use measures and public sewage System construction.
How to Cite
Uhan, J. (2017). Groundwater vulnerability to nitrate pollution of alluvial aquifers in Slovenia - Lower Savinja Valley case study. Geologija, 60(1), 27–35. https://doi.org/10.5474/geologija.2017.002