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  1. Analysis of water-level fluctuations in Wisconsin wells

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    Patterson, G.L.; Zaporozec, A.

    1987-01-01

    More than 60 percent of the residents of Wisconsin use ground water as their primary water source. Water supplies presently are abundant, but ground-water levels continually fluctuate in response to natural factors and human-related stresses. A better understanding of the magnitude, duration, and frequency of past fluctuations, and the factors controlling these fluctuations may help anticipate future changes in ground-water levels.

  2. Water-level fluctuations affect macrophyte richness in floodplain lakes

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    Van Geest, G.J.; Wolters, H.; Roozen, F.C.J.M.; Coops, H.; Roijackers, R.M.M.; Buijse, A.D.; Scheffer, M.

    2005-01-01

    The characteristic ecology of floodplain lakes is in part due to their relatively strong water-level fluctuations. We analyzed the factors determining water-level fluctuations in 100 floodplain lakes (during non-flooded conditions) in the active floodplains of the Lower Rhine in the Netherlands. Furthermore, we explored the relationship between water-level fluctuations and macrophyte species richness, and analyzed the suitability of artificially created lakes for macrophyte vegetation. During...

  3. Do Amplitudes of Water Level Fluctuations Affect the Growth and Community Structure of Submerged Macrophytes?

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    Wang, Mo-Zhu; Liu, Zheng-Yuan; Luo, Fang-Li; Lei, Guang-Chun; Li, Hong-Li

    2016-01-01

    Submerged macrophytes are subjected to potential mechanical stresses associated with fluctuating water levels in natural conditions. However, few experimental studies have been conducted to further understand the effects of water level fluctuating amplitude on submerged macrophyte species and their assemblages or communities. We designed a controlled experiment to investigate the responses of three submerged macrophyte species (Hydrilla verticillata, Ceratophyllum demersum and Elodea nuttallii) and their combinations in communities to three amplitudes (static, ± 30 cm, ± 60 cm) of water level fluctuations. Results showed that water level fluctuating amplitude had little effects on the community performance and the three tested species responded differently. H. verticillata exhibited more growth in static water and it was negatively affected by either of the water level fluctuations amplitude, however, growth parameters of H. verticillata in two fluctuating water level treatments (i.e., ± 30 cm, ± 60 cm) were not significantly different. On the other hand, the growth of C. demersum was not significantly correlated with different amplitude treatments. However, it became more abundant when water levels fluctuated. E. nuttallii was inhibited by the two fluctuating water level treatments, and was less in growth parameters compared to the other species especially in water level fluctuating conditions. The inherent differences in the adaptive capabilities of the tested species indicate that C. demersum or other species with similar responses may be dominant species to restore submerged macrophyte communities with great fluctuating water levels. Otherwise, H. verticillata, E. nuttallii or other species with similar responses could be considered for constructing the community in static water conditions. PMID:26735689

  4. Analysis of environmental issues related to small-scale hydroelectric development. III. Water level fluctuation

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    Hildebrand, S.G. (ed.)

    1980-10-01

    Potential environmental impacts in reservoirs and downstream river reaches below dams that may be caused by the water level fluctuation resulting from development and operation of small scale (under 25MW) hydroelectric projects are identified. The impacts discussed will be of potential concern at only those small-scale hydroelectric projects that are operated in a store and release (peaking) mode. Potential impacts on physical and chemical characteristics in reservoirs resulting from water level fluctuation include resuspension and redistribution of bank and bed sediment; leaching of soluble organic matter from sediment in the littoral zone; and changes in water quality resulting from changes in sediment and nutrient trap efficiency. Potential impacts on reservoir biota as a result of water level fluctuation include habitat destruction and the resulting partial or total loss of aquatic species; changes in habitat quality, which result in reduced standing crop and production of aquatic biota; and possible shifts in species diversity. The potential physical effects of water level fluctuation on downstream systems below dams are streambed and bank erosion and water quality problems related to resuspension and redistribution of these materials. Potential biological impacts of water level fluctuation on downstream systems below dams result from changes in current velocity, habitat reduction, and alteration in food supply. These alterations, either singly or in combination, can adversely affect aquatic populations below dams. The nature and potential significance of adverse impacts resulting from water level fluctuation are discussed. Recommendations for site-specific evaluation of water level fluctuation at small-scale hydroelectric projects are presented.

  5. Vegetational and landscape level responses to water level fluctuations in Finnish, mid-boreal aapa mire - aro wetland environments

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    Laitinen, J.

    2008-07-01

    Abstract Gradient, which is largely considered to be related to water level in mires, is referred to as a microtopographic mud bottom to carpet to lawn to hummock level gradient or the hummock level to intermediate level (lawn) to flark level gradient. The relationship of this vegetation gradient to various physical water level characteristics was studied. The general classification used in the present summary paper divides the aro vegetation of the inland of Northern Ostrobothnia into two main groups: (a) treeless fen aro vegetation (Juncus supinus, Carex lasiocarpa, Rhynchospora fusca, Molinia caerulea) and (b) heath aro vegetation (Polytrichum commune). The first group (a) was divided into fen aro wetlands with an approximately10 cm peaty layer at most and into aro fens with a peat layer thicker than 10 cm. The treatment of the water level gradient was divided into three main groups. (1) The mean water level correlated with mire surface levels (microtopographic gradient) within mires with slight water level fluctuations and partly within mires with considerable water level fluctuations. (2) Three habitat groups could be distinguished on the basis of the range of water level fluctuation i.e. mires with slight water level fluctuations, mires with considerable water level fluctuations and the aro vegetation with extreme water level fluctuations. (3) The timing of water level fluctuations indicated that there are different types of patterns within aro wetlands, the seasonal pattern being mainly a response to yearly snow melt and the several-year-fluctuation pattern being related to the regional groundwater table fluctuation in mineral soils (heath forests). A link was suggested between the stability of the water regime and peat production in local aapa mire - aro wetland environments. From the point of view of peatland plants the direction of variation from a stable to an unstable water regime in aapa mire - aro wetland environments represents a transition towards more and more harsh ecological conditions, partly forming a gradient through natural disturbance. A qualitative functional model was provided for the mire - aro wetland systems of Northern Ostrobothnia. The model supposes differences in the characteristics of peat between two functional complexes within a mire system. Finally, the model for local mire - aro wetland systems was converted to a general from: diplotelmic (acrotelm) mires were divided into two subtypes (diplotelmic water stabilization mires, diplotelmic water fluctuation mires) and the relationship of those subtypes to percolation mires and seasonal wetlands was considered. (orig.)

  6. Assessment of impacts from water level fluctuations on fish in the Hanford Reach, Columbia River

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    Becker, C.D.; Fickeisen, D.H.; Montgomery, J.C.

    1981-05-01

    Observations on the effects of water level fluctuations in the Hanford Reach of the Columbia River, Washington, were made in 1976 and 1977. The two years provided contrasting flow regimes: high water and fluctuations of greater magnitude prevailed in 1976; low water and higher temperatures prevailed in 1977. Situations where fish and other aquatic organisms were destroyed by changing water levels were observed and evaluated each year in three study areas: Hanford, F-Area, and White Bluffs sloughs. Losses primarily were due to stranding, entrapment (with or without complete dewatering), and predation. Juvenile fish were more susceptible to entrapment and stranding than were adult fish. Estimates of actual losses were biased and conservative because relatively few fish could be found after each decline of water level and dewatering. The most valued species of fish affected by water level fluctuations at Hanford were the anadromus fall chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) and the resident smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui). Crucial periods for chinook salmon occurred during winter when incubating eggs were in the gravel of the main channel, and before and during seaward migration in the spring when fry were abundant in shoreline zones. The crucial period for smallmouth bass was during spring and early summer when adults were spawning in warmed sloughs and shoreline zones. Chinook salmon and smallmouth bass fry were vulnerable to stranding and entrapment, and smallmouth bass nests were susceptible to exposure and temperature changes resulting from repeated water level fluctuations. Thus, flow manipulation may be crucial to their survival. The extent to which other species of riverine fish were affected by water level fluctuations depended upon their use of shoreline zones for spawning and rearing young.

  7. A Hydro-Economic Model for Water Level Fluctuations: Combining Limnology with Economics for Sustainable Development of Hydropower

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    Hirsch, Philipp Emanuel; Schillinger, Sebastian; WEIGT, Hannes; Burkhardt-Holm, Patricia

    2014-01-01

    Water level fluctuations in lakes lead to shoreline displacement. The seasonality of flooding or beaching of the littoral area affects nutrient cycling, redox gradients in sediments, and life cycles of aquatic organisms. Despite the ecological importance of water level fluctuations, we still lack a method that assesses water levels in the context of hydropower operations. Water levels in reservoirs are influenced by the operator of a hydropower plant, who discharges water through the turbines...

  8. Earthquake-induced water-level fluctuations at Yucca Mountain, Nevada, June 1992

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    This report presents earthquake-induced water-level and fluid-pressure data for wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, during June 1992. Three earthquakes occurred which caused significant water-level and fluid-pressure responses in wells. Wells USW H-5 and USW H-6 are continuously monitored to detect short-term responses caused by earthquakes. Two wells, monitored hourly, had significant, longer-term responses in water level following the earthquakes. On June 28, 1992, a 7.5-magnitude earthquake occurred near Landers, California causing an estimated maximum water-level change of 90 centimeters in well USW H-5. Three hours later a 6.6-magnitude earthquake occurred near Big Bear Lake, California; the maximum water-level fluctuation was 20 centimeters in well USW H-5. A 5.6-magnitude earthquake occurred at Little Skull Mountain, Nevada, on June 29, approximately 23 kilometers from Yucca Mountain. The maximum estimated short-term water-level fluctuation from the Little Skull Mountain earthquake was 40 centimeters in well USW H-5. The water level in well UE-25p number-sign 1, monitored hourly, decreased approximately 50 centimeters over 3 days following the Little Skull Mountain earthquake. The water level in UE-25p number-sign 1 returned to pre-earthquake levels in approximately 6 months. The water level in the lower interval of well USW H-3 increased 28 centimeters following the Little Skull Mountain earthquake. The Landers and Little Skull Mountain earthquakes caused responses in 17 intervals of 14 hourly monitored wells, however, most responses were small and of short duration. For several days following the major earthquakes, many smaller magnitude aftershocks occurred causing measurable responses in the continuously monitored wells

  9. Measuring Water Level Fluctuations of two Connected Wetlands in the Dominican Republic Using InSAR

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    Pichardo Marcano, M. D.; Liu, L.; Zebker, H. A.

    2012-12-01

    Wetlands are ecosystems of high endemism and great biodiversity. Using the double-reflected radar waves off the water surface and trunks of inundated vegetation, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) is capable of measuring water level fluctuations from space at a cm-level accuracy in these ecosystems with emergent vegetation. InSAR can provide a high spatial resolution over a large area that the more traditional terrestrial-based methods lack. In this study, we applied InSAR to study the seasonal variations in water level of the wetlands near two lakes in the southwest of the Dominican Republic: Lake Enriquillo, a highly saline lake designated as a Wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention in 2002, and Laguna del Limon. Both lake-wetland systems are located in the Jaragua-Bahoruco-Enriquillo Biosphere Reserve. Since 2003 the water level of Lake Enriquillo has increased drastically and caused the evacuation of many farmers from nearby villages. Lake level changes also affected the habitats of several native and migratory species. We used the data acquired by the Phased Array type L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR) sensor on board of the Japanese Advanced Land Observation Satellite (ALOS) from October 2008 to January 2011. For the smaller lake, Laguna del Limon, we found a seasonal variation of 10-15 centimeters. This result was confirmed using two different satellite paths. For Lake Enriquillo we found a net decrease of about 20 centimeters in the water level from September 2009 to January 2011. This result agrees with an independent estimation based on lake hydrodynamics model predictions. In addition, our InSAR-based time series of lake level fluctuations revealed distinct behaviors of the two wetlands. For the Lake Enriquillo we found a continuous decrease in the water level throughout 2010 with a brief increase of the water level during the summer months, while for Laguna del Limon during the summer months the water level decreased and the lake presented a net increase in the water level. The decrease in water level for Lake Enriquillo can be explained by the reduce precipitation rate in 2010 compared to previous years. We demonstrate that InSAR is an effective way to measure water level fluctuations at wetlands in this region. The same method could be applied to other wetlands in the area to fully understand the complex hydrology of the connected wetland systems and the impacts of the hydrological changes on the environment and local human community.

  10. Establishment of earth tides effect on water level fluctuations in an unconfined hard rock aquifer using spectral analysis

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    Maréchal, Jean-Christophe; Ahmed, Shakeel; Lachassagne, Patrick

    2010-01-01

    Short-interval water level measurements using automatic water level recorder in a deep well in an unconfined crystalline rock aquifer at the campus of NGRI, near Hyderabad shows a cyclic fluctuation in the water levels. The observed values clearly show the principal trend due to rainfall recharge. Spectral analysis was carried out to evaluate correlation of the cyclic fluctuation to the synthetic earth tides as well as groundwater withdrawal time series in the surrounding. It was found that these fluctuations have considerably high correlation with earth tides whereas groundwater pumping does not show any significant correlation with water table fluctuations. It is concluded that earth tides cause the fluctuation in the water table. These fluctuations were hitherto unobserved during manual observations made over larger time intervals. It indicates that the unconfined aquifer is characterised by a low porosity.

  11. Water-level fluctuations, emersion regimes, and variations of echinoid populations on a Caribbean reef flat

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    Cubit, John D.; Windsor, Donald M.; Thompson, Ricardo C.; Burgett, Jeff M.

    1986-06-01

    This paper examines fluctuations in water level over a Caribbean reef flat at Punta Galeta, Panamá. In an analysis of approximately ten years of records, the mean diurnal range of the tides was 24·5 cm and varied Lytechinus variegatus and Diadema antillarum declined or disappeared from the reef flat during seasons of repeated subaerial exposures, but recolonized the habitat in periods of higher water levels. Although they are reported to suffer heavy mortality during emersion, Echinometra lucunter and E. viridis did not exhibit reductions in abundance that were synchronous with the seasonal exposures of the reef flat.

  12. Effects of Barometric Fluctuations on Well Water-Level Measurements and Aquifer Test Data

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    FA Spane, Jr.

    1999-12-16

    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, as part of the Hanford Groundwater Monitoring Project, examines the potential for offsite migration of contamination within underlying aquifer systems. Well water-level elevation measurements from selected wells within these aquifer systems commonly form the basis for delineating groundwater-flow patterns (i.e., flow direction and hydraulic gradient). In addition, the analysis of water-level responses obtained in wells during hydrologic tests provides estimates of hydraulic properties that are important for evaluating groundwater-flow velocity and transport characteristics. Barometric pressure fluctuations, however, can have a discernible impact on well water-level measurements. These barometric effects may lead to erroneous indications of hydraulic head within the aquifer. Total hydraulic head (i.e., sum of the water-table elevation and the atmospheric pressure at the water-table surface) within the aquifer, not well water-level elevation, is the hydrologic parameter for determining groundwater-flow direction and hydraulic gradient conditions. Temporal variations in barometric pressure may also adversely affect well water-level responses obtained during hydrologic tests. If significant, adjustments or removal of these barometric effects from the test-response record may be required for quantitative hydraulic property determination. This report examines the effects of barometric fluctuations on well water-level measurements and evaluates adjustment and removal methods for determining areal aquifer head conditions and aquifer test analysis. Two examples of Hanford Site unconfined aquifer tests are examined that demonstrate barometric response analysis and illustrate the predictive/removal capabilities of various methods for well water-level and aquifer total head values. Good predictive/removal characteristics were demonstrated with best corrective results provided by multiple-regression deconvolution methods.

  13. Simulation of Water Level Fluctuations in a Hydraulic System Using a Coupled Liquid-Gas Model

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    Chao Wang

    2015-08-01

    Full Text Available A model for simulating vertical water level fluctuations with coupled liquid and gas phases is presented. The Preissmann implicit scheme is used to linearize the governing equations for one-dimensional transient flow for both liquid and gas phases, and the linear system is solved using the chasing method. Some classical cases for single liquid and gas phase transients in pipelines and networks are studied to verify that the proposed methods are accurate and reliable. The implicit scheme is extended using a dynamic mesh to simulate the water level fluctuations in a U-tube and an open surge tank without consideration of the gas phase. Methods of coupling liquid and gas phases are presented and used for studying the transient process and interaction between the phases, for gas phase limited in a chamber and gas phase transported in a pipeline. In particular, two other simplified models, one neglecting the effect of the gas phase on the liquid phase and the other one coupling the liquid and gas phases asynchronously, are proposed. The numerical results indicate that the asynchronous model performs better, and are finally applied to a hydropower station with surge tanks and air shafts to simulate the water level fluctuations and air speed.

  14. Response of littoral macrophytes to water level fluctuations in a storage reservoir.

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    Krolová, Monika; ?ížková, Hana; Hejzlar, Josef; Poláková, S.

    2013-01-01

    Ro?. 408, May (2013), 07p1-07p21. ISSN 1961-9502 R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/09/1764; GA MŠk(CZ) 7E11059 Grant ostatní: EC ENV(CZ) FP7 244121 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60170517 Institutional support: RVO:60077344 ; RVO:67179843 Keywords : littoral macrophytes * eulittoral * water level fluctuation * European Water Framework Directive * ecophases Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology Impact factor: 0.622, year: 2013

  15. A hydro-economic model for water level fluctuations: combining limnology with economics for sustainable development of hydropower.

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    Hirsch, Philipp Emanuel; Schillinger, Sebastian; Weigt, Hannes; Burkhardt-Holm, Patricia

    2014-01-01

    Water level fluctuations in lakes lead to shoreline displacement. The seasonality of flooding or beaching of the littoral area affects nutrient cycling, redox gradients in sediments, and life cycles of aquatic organisms. Despite the ecological importance of water level fluctuations, we still lack a method that assesses water levels in the context of hydropower operations. Water levels in reservoirs are influenced by the operator of a hydropower plant, who discharges water through the turbines or stores water in the reservoir, in a fashion that maximizes profit. This rationale governs the seasonal operation scheme and hence determines the water levels within the boundaries of the reservoir's water balance. For progress towards a sustainable development of hydropower, the benefits of this form of electricity generation have to be weighed against the possible detrimental effects of the anthropogenic water level fluctuations. We developed a hydro-economic model that combines an economic optimization function with hydrological estimators of the water balance of a reservoir. Applying this model allowed us to accurately predict water level fluctuations in a reservoir. The hydro-economic model also allowed for scenario calculation of how water levels change with climate change scenarios and with a change in operating scheme of the reservoir (increase in turbine capacity). Further model development will enable the consideration of a variety of additional parameters, such as water withdrawal for irrigation, drinking water supply, or altered energy policies. This advances our ability to sustainably manage water resources that must meet both economic and environmental demands. PMID:25526619

  16. Sediment size distribution and composition in a reservoir affected by severe water level fluctuations.

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    López, Pilar; López-Tarazón, José A; Casas-Ruiz, Joan P; Pompeo, Marcelo; Ordoñez, Jaime; Muñoz, Isabel

    2016-01-01

    The reservoir sediments are important sinks for organic carbon (OC), the OC burial being dependent on two opposite processes, deposition and mineralization. Hence factors such as severe water level fluctuations are expected to influence the rate of OC accumulation as they may affect both deposition and mineralization. The Barasona Reservoir has been historically threatened by siltation, whilst the use of water for irrigation involves a drastic decrease of the water level. In this context, we have studied the physical and chemical characteristics (grain size, major and minor elemental compositions, organic and inorganic carbon, and nitrogen) of the recent sediments of the Barasona Reservoir and the relationships among them in order to: a) elucidate the main processes governing OC accumulation, b) evaluate the rate of OC mineralization and c) approach the effect of drought on the sediment characteristics in this system. Our results indicated that Barasona sediments were dominated by fine silts (>60%) and clays (>20%), the mean particle size decreasing from tail to dam. Desiccation increased particle sorting and size distribution became bimodal, but no effect on average size was observed. Attending to the composition, Barasona sediments were very homogeneous with low concentrations of nitrogen (TN) and phosphorus (carbon, major ions and grain size. The high amount of OC deposited in Barasona sediment suggested that the adsorption of OC onto fine particles was more important than in boreal lakes. The rate of oxygen consumption by wet sediment ranged from 2.26 to 3.15 mg O2 m(-2) day(-1), values close to those compiled for Mediterranean running waters. PMID:26105704

  17. Evaluation and Analysis of Urmia Lake Water Level Fluctuations Bettwen 1998-2006 Using Landsat Images and TOPEX Altimetry Data

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    Zahir, N.; Ali, A.

    2015-12-01

    The Lake Urmiah has undergone a drastic shrinkage in size over the past few decades. The initial intention of this paper is to present an approach for determining the so called "salient times" during which the trend of the shrinkage process is accelerated or decelerated. To find these salient times, a quasi_continuous curve was optimally fitted to the Topex altimetry data within the period 1998 to 2006. To find the salient points within this period of time, the points of inflections of the fitted curve is computed using a second derivative approach. The water volume was also computed using 16 cloud free Landsat images of the Lake within the periods of 1998 to 2006. In the first stage of the water volume calculation, the pixels of the Lake were segmented using the Automated Water Extraction Index (AWEI) and the shorelines of the Lake were extracted by a boundary detecting operator using the generated binary image of the Lake surface. The water volume fluctuation rate was then computed under the assumption that the two successive Lake surfaces and their corresponding water level differences demonstrate approximately a truncated pyramid. The analysis of the water level fluctuation rates were further extended by a sinusoidal curve fitted to the Topex altimetry data. This curve was intended to model the seasonal fluctuations of the water level. In the final stage of this article, the correlation between the fluctuation rates and the precipitation and temperature variations were also numerically determined. This paper reports in some details the stages mentioned above.

  18. Revegetation Strategies for Water-Level Fluctuation Zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region

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    JIANG Ming-xi

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available After the full functioning of the Three Gorges Dam (TGD, the hydrologic regime will be markedly changed and most of the pre-dam vegetation in the new Water-Level Fluctuation Zone (WLFZ may fail to persist. How to revegetate WLFZ of the Three Gorges Reservoir Region (TGRR has become a hot topic for the scientific community and the governments. Based on review of scientific literature and the findings of our research, we here bring forward a scheme addressing strategies for revegetation of WLFZ of TGRR. Firstly, monitor vegetation dynamics based on permanent plots along the Three Gorges upstream from TGD, potentially providing suitable plants for the future revegetation plans. Secondly, examine the potential of soil seed bank for revegetation of the above-ground vegetation, and evaluate self-regeneration of the post-dam vegetation. Based on these data, select suitable plants for revegetation that integrate desirable physiological and life-history traits.Specifically, wetland vegetation could be constructed with lotus (Nelumbo nucifera and aquatic plants. For sites with gentle terrain and fairly hospitable soil conditions, vertical planting of trees, shrubs and grasses / forbs along the elevation gradient could be considered. To attain the sustainable vegetation cover, the newly artificial vegetation should be monitored for at least 5 years.

  19. Effects of fluctuations in river water level on virus removal by bank filtration and aquifer passage — A scenario analysis

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    Derx, J.; Blaschke, A. P.; Farnleitner, A. H.; Pang, L.; Blöschl, G.; Schijven, J. F.

    2013-04-01

    Riverbank filtration is an effective process for removing pathogenic viruses from river water. Despite indications that changing hydraulic conditions during floods can affect the efficacy of riverbank filtration to remove viruses, the impact on advection and dispersion of viruses in the riverbank is not well understood. We investigated the effects of fluctuations in river water level on virus transport during riverbank filtration, considering 3-D transient groundwater flow and virus transport. Using constant removal rates from published field experiments with bacteriophages, removal of viruses with distance from the riverbank was simulated for coarse gravel, fine gravel and fine sandy gravel. Our simulations showed that, in comparison with steady flow conditions, fluctuations in river water level cause viruses to be transported further at higher concentrations into the riverbank. A 1-5 m increase in river water levels led to a 2- to 4-log (log10 reduction in concentration relative to the initial concentration in the river) increase in virus concentration and to up to 30 % shorter travel times. For particular cases during the receding flood, changing groundwater flow conditions caused that pristine groundwater was carried from further inland and that simulated virus concentrations were more diluted in groundwater. Our study suggests that the adverse effect of water level fluctuations on virus transport should be considered in the simulation of safe setback distances for drinking water supplies.

  20. Effects of fluctuations in river water level on virus removal by bank filtration and aquifer passage--a scenario analysis.

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    Derx, J; Blaschke, A P; Farnleitner, A H; Pang, L; Blöschl, G; Schijven, J F

    2013-04-01

    Riverbank filtration is an effective process for removing pathogenic viruses from river water. Despite indications that changing hydraulic conditions during floods can affect the efficacy of riverbank filtration to remove viruses, the impact on advection and dispersion of viruses in the riverbank is not well understood. We investigated the effects of fluctuations in river water level on virus transport during riverbank filtration, considering 3-D transient groundwater flow and virus transport. Using constant removal rates from published field experiments with bacteriophages, removal of viruses with distance from the riverbank was simulated for coarse gravel, fine gravel and fine sandy gravel. Our simulations showed that, in comparison with steady flow conditions, fluctuations in river water level cause viruses to be transported further at higher concentrations into the riverbank. A 1-5 m increase in river water levels led to a 2- to 4-log (log10 reduction in concentration relative to the initial concentration in the river) increase in virus concentration and to up to 30% shorter travel times. For particular cases during the receding flood, changing groundwater flow conditions caused that pristine groundwater was carried from further inland and that simulated virus concentrations were more diluted in groundwater. Our study suggests that the adverse effect of water level fluctuations on virus transport should be considered in the simulation of safe setback distances for drinking water supplies. PMID:23500839

  1. Seepage flow-stability analysis of the riverbank of Saigon river due to river water level fluctuation

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    Oya, A; Hiraoka, N; Fujimoto, M; Fukagawa, R

    2015-01-01

    The Saigon River, which flows through the center of Ho Chi Minh City, is of critical importance for the development of the city as forms as the main water supply and drainage channel for the city. In recent years, riverbank erosion and failures have become more frequent along the Saigon River, causing flooding and damage to infrastructures near the river. A field investigation and numerical study has been undertaken by our research group to identify factors affecting the riverbank failure. In this paper, field investigation results obtained from multiple investigation points on the Saigon River are presented, followed by a comprehensive coupled finite element analysis of riverbank stability when subjected to river water level fluctuations. The river water level fluctuation has been identified as one of the main factors affecting the riverbank failure, i.e. removal of the balancing hydraulic forces acting on the riverbank during water drawdown.

  2. Combining the soilwater balance and water-level fluctuation methods to estimate natural groundwater recharge: Practical aspects

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    Sophocleous, M.A.

    1991-01-01

    A relatively simple and practical approach for calculating groundwater recharge in semiarid plain environments with a relatively shallow water table, such as the Kansas Prairies, is outlined. Major uncertainties in the Darcian, water balance, and groundwater fluctuation analysis approaches are outlined, and a combination methodology for reducing some of the uncertainties is proposed. By combining a storm-based soilwater balance (lasting several days) with the resulting water table rise, effective storativity values of the region near the water table are obtained. This combination method is termed the 'hybrid water-fluctuation method'. Using a simple average of several such estimates results in a site-calibrated effective storativity value that can be used to translate each major water-table rise tied to a specific storm period into a corresponding amount of groundwater recharge. Examples of soilwater balance and water-level fluctuation analyses based on field-measured data from Kansas show that the proposed methodology gives better and more reliable results than either of the two well-established approaches used singly. ?? 1991.

  3. Can mercury in fish be reduced by water level management? Evaluating the effects of water level fluctuation on mercury accumulation in yellow perch (Perca flavescens)

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    Larson, James H.; Maki, Ryan P.; Knights, Brent C.; Gray, Brian R.

    2014-01-01

    Mercury (Hg) contamination of fisheries is a major concern for resource managers of many temperate lakes. Anthropogenic Hg contamination is largely derived from atmospheric deposition within a lake’s watershed, but its incorporation into the food web is facilitated by bacterial activity in sediments. Temporal variation in Hg content of fish (young-of-year yellow perch) in the regulated lakes of the Rainy–Namakan complex (on the border of the United States and Canada) has been linked to water level (WL) fluctuations, presumably through variation in sediment inundation. As a result, Hg contamination of fish has been linked to international regulations of WL fluctuation. Here we assess the relationship between WL fluctuations and fish Hg content using a 10-year dataset covering six lakes. Within-year WL rise did not appear in strongly supported models of fish Hg, but year-to-year variation in maximum water levels (∆maxWL) was positively associated with fish Hg content. This WL effect varied in magnitude among lakes: In Crane Lake, a 1 m increase in ∆maxWL from the previous year was associated with a 108 ng increase in fish Hg content (per gram wet weight), while the same WL change in Kabetogama was associated with only a 5 ng increase in fish Hg content. In half the lakes sampled here, effect sizes could not be distinguished from zero. Given the persistent and wide-ranging extent of Hg contamination and the large number of regulated waterways, future research is needed to identify the conditions in which WL fluctuations influence fish Hg content.

  4. Community metabolism in a deep (stratified) tropical reservoir during a period of high water-level fluctuations

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    Valdespino-Castillo, Patricia M.; Merino-Ibarra, Martín; Jiménez-Contreras, Jorge; Castillo-Sandoval, Fermín S.; Ramírez-Zierold, Jorge A.

    2014-01-01

    As long as lakes and reservoirs are an important component of the global carbon cycle, monitoring of their metabolism is required, especially in the tropics. In particular, the response of deep reservoirs to water-level fluctuations (WLF) is an understudied field. Here, we study community metabolism through oxygen dynamics in a deep monomictic reservoir where high WLF (~10 m) have recently occurred. Simultaneous monitoring of environmental variables and zooplankton dynamics was used to assess...

  5. The Evaluation of Spatial Fluctuations and Temporal Variability in Estimated Levels of THMs in Drinking Water

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    Ristoiu, D.; Haiduc, I.; Culea, M.; Mocan, A.; Chira, R.; Vancea, S.

    2007-04-01

    Chlorine, used by municipal water treatment facilities to disinfect water, reacts with naturally occurring organic matter to produce a host of compounds known as disinfection by-products. In addition to chloroform, brominated species such as bromodichloromethane, dibromochloromethane, and bromoform may also be formed if bromide is present in the source water. Together, these volatile compounds comprise the trihalomethanes (THMs). The results presented in this paper shown that the THM levels were higher in the summer relative to other seasons.

  6. Deep bore well water level fluctuations in the Koyna region, India: the presence of a low order dynamical system in a seismically active environment

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    D. V. Ramana

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Water level fluctuations in deep bore wells in the vicinity of seismically active Koyna region in western India provides an opportunity to understand the causative mechanism underlying reservoir-triggered earthquakes. As the crustal porous rocks behave nonlinearly, their characteristics can be obtained by analysing water level fluctuations, which reflect an integrated response of the medium. A Fractal dimension is one such measure of nonlinear characteristics of porous rock as observed in water level data from the Koyna region. It is inferred in our study that a low nonlinear dynamical system with three variables can predict the water level fluctuations in bore wells.

  7. Water Level Fluctuations in the Congo Basin Derived from ENVISAT Satellite Altimetry

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    Mélanie Becker

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available In the Congo Basin, the elevated vulnerability of food security and the water supply implies that sustainable development strategies must incorporate the effects of climate change on hydrological regimes. However, the lack of observational hydro-climatic data over the past decades strongly limits the number of studies investigating the effects of climate change in the Congo Basin. We present the largest altimetry-based dataset of water levels ever constituted over the entire Congo Basin. This dataset of water levels illuminates the hydrological regimes of various tributaries of the Congo River. A total of 140 water level time series are extracted using ENVISAT altimetry over the period of 2003 to 2009. To improve the understanding of the physical phenomena dominating the region, we perform a K-means cluster analysis of the altimeter-derived river level height variations to identify groups of hydrologically similar catchments. This analysis reveals nine distinct hydrological regions. The proposed regionalization scheme is validated and therefore considered reliable for estimating monthly water level variations in the Congo Basin. This result confirms the potential of satellite altimetry in monitoring spatio-temporal water level variations as a promising and unprecedented means for improved representation of the hydrologic characteristics in large ungauged river basins.

  8. Predicted Changes in Interannual Water-Level Fluctuations Due to Climate Change and Its Implications for the Vegetation of the Florida Everglades

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    van der Valk, Arnold G.; Volin, John C.; Wetzel, Paul R.

    2015-04-01

    The number of dominant vegetation types (wet prairies, sawgrass flats, ridges and sloughs, sloughs, and tree islands) historically and currently found in the Everglades, FL, USA, as with other wetlands with standing water, appears to be primarily a function of the magnitude of interannual water-level fluctuations. Analyses of 40 years of water-depth data were used to estimate the magnitude of contemporary (baseline) water-level fluctuations in undisturbed ridge and slough landscapes. Baseline interannual water-level fluctuations above the soil surface were at least 1.5 m. Predicted changes in interannual water-level fluctuations in 2060 were examined for seven climate change scenarios. When rainfall is predicted to increase by 10 %, the wettest scenario, the interannual range of water-level fluctuation increases to 1.8 m above the soil surface in sloughs. When rainfall is predicted to decrease by 10 % and temperatures to increase by 1.5 °C, the driest scenario, the range of interannual range of water-level fluctuations is predicted to decrease to 1.2 m above the soil surface in sloughs. A change of 25-30 cm in interannual water-level fluctuations is needed to change the number of vegetation types in a wetland. This suggests that the two most extreme climate change scenarios could have a significant impact on the overall structure of wetland vegetation, i.e., the number of vegetation types or zones, found in the Everglades.

  9. Wetland Ecohydrology: stochastic description of water level fluctuations across the soil surface

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    Tamea, S.; Muneepeerakul, R.; Laio, F.; Ridolfi, L.; Rodriguez-Iturbe, I.

    2009-12-01

    Wetlands provide a suite of social and ecological critical functions such as being habitats of disease-carrying vectors, providing buffer zones against hurricanes, controlling sediment transport, filtering nutrients and contaminants, and a repository of great biological diversity. More recently, wetlands have also been recognized as crucial for carbon storage in the context of global climate change. Despite such importance, quantitative approaches to many aspects of wetlands are far from adequate. Therefore, improving our quantitative understanding of wetlands is necessary to our ability to maintain, manage, and restore these invaluable environments. In wetlands, hydrologic factors and ecosystem processes interplay and generate unique characteristics and a delicate balance between biotic and abiotic elements. The main hydrologic driver of wetland ecosystems is the position of the water level that, being above or below ground, determines the submergence or exposure of soil. When the water level is above the soil surface, soil saturation and lack of oxygen causes hypoxia, anaerobic functioning of microorganisms and anoxic stress in plants, that might lead to the death of non-adapted organisms. When the water level lies below the soil surface, the ecosystem becomes groundwater-dependent, and pedological and physiological aspects play their role in the soil water balance. We propose here a quantitative description of wetland ecohydrology, through a stochastic process-based water balance, driven by a marked compound Poisson noise representing rainfall events. The model includes processes such as rainfall infiltration, evapotranspiration, capillary rise, and the contribution of external water bodies, which are quantified in a simple yet realistic way. The semi-analytical steady-state probability distributions of water level spanning across the soil surface are validated with data from the Everglades (Florida, USA). The model and its results allow for a quantitative analysis of the long term behavior of biotic and abiotic factors which depend on the position of the water level and enable the assessment of impacts of climate changes on the wetland ecosystem.

  10. Properties of Adsorption-Desorption of Pb in Soil of the Water-Level-Fluctuating in Three Gorges Reservoir Region

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    FANG Lu-qiu

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available The soil of water-level-fluctuating adsorption and desorption characterisitics of Pb2+ ion in the Three Gorges Reservoir region are studied on pH, organic matter, ionic strength and effect of Pb2+ ion concentration. It is revealed in the law of soil adsorption and desorption of Pb2+ ion in water-level-fluctuationg of the Three Gorges reservoir region, for providing the basis on lead contamination risk assessment and forecasting, pollution control and the use of land resources. Electing purple soil of the main soil type is also studied by using simulation experiments and constant temperature oscillation balance method. With atomic absorption spectrophotometer determination of Pb2+ ion adsorption and desorption volume. The results show that:1pH value very significantyly affects the soil adsorption capacity of Pb2+ ion (ppH>organic matter > Pb2+ ion concentration, affect the Pb2+ soil desorption amount in the order of :pHwater in the Three Gorges Reservoir region, the soil of water-level-fluctuating is affected by various factors, leading to change the soil properties and affect the environmental behavior of heavy metals and way cause enviromental pollution and ecological hazards.

  11. Environmental factors associated with phytoplankton succession in a Mediterranean reservoir with a highly fluctuating water level.

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    Fadel, Ali; Atoui, Ali; Lemaire, Bruno J; Vinçon-Leite, Brigitte; Slim, Kamal

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    Eutrophication and harmful algal blooms have become a worldwide environmental problem. Understanding the mechanisms and processes that control algal blooms is of great concern. The phytoplankton community of Karaoun Reservoir, the largest water body in Lebanon, is poorly studied, as in many freshwater bodies around the Mediterranean Sea. Sampling campaigns were conducted semi-monthly between May 2012 and August 2013 to assess the dynamics of its phytoplankton community in response to changes in physical-chemical and hydrological conditions. Karaoun Reservoir is a monomictic waterbody and strongly stratifies between May and August. Changes in its phytoplankton community were found to be a result of the interplay between water temperature, stratification, irradiance, nutrient availability and water level. Thermal stratification established in spring reduced the growth of diatoms and resulted in their replacement by green algae species when nutrient availability was high and water temperatures lower than 22 °C. At water temperature higher than 25 °C and low nutrient concentrations in summer, blooms of the cyanobacterium Microcystis aeruginosa occurred. Despite different growth conditions in other lakes and reservoir, cyanobacterium Aphanizomenon ovalisporum dominated at temperatures lower than 23 °C in weakly stratified conditions in early autumn and dinoflagellate Ceratium hirundinella dominated in mixed conditions, at low light intensity and a water temperature of 19 °C in late autumn. We believe that the information presented in this paper will increase the knowledge about phytoplankton dynamics in the Mediterranean region and contribute to a safer usage of reservoir waters. PMID:26383738

  12. Dynamics and consequences of water level fluctuations of selected lakes in the catchment of the Ostrowo-Gop?o Channel

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    Full Text Available The article discusses water level fluctuations in lakes and the associated changes in the lake surface and water resources in the years 1992-2011. On the basis of detailed field studies carried out in the hydrological year 2011, short-term and dynamic changes in the lakes’ hydrology were determined. Changes in hydrological lake types were evoked by unexpected hydro-meteorological situations, in particular high precipitation totals and sudden thaws in winter. The main symptom of the lake type change was the restoration, after nearly 10 years, of channels connecting the lakes. In addition, a strong interdependence was recorded in the difference between evaporation and precipitation, as well as the mean annual ranges of lake water levels in the years 1992-2010

  13. Evaluation of Radionuclides, Toxic Metals and Fluctuation ofRadioactivity Level in Muria Water

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    Study on Radionuclides, toxic metals and radioactivity level fluctuationin Water samples of Muria area have been carried out. The sampling locationwere Sepalung Tubanan, Hulu Putih, Balong, Geulis and Banjaran river, LemahAbang, Krakal and Baron coasts. Alpha, betha, and gamma radioactivity levelswere gross counted. Radionuclides identification were done by using gammaspectrometer. Pu-239/240 were analyzed by dilution and solvent extractionstep before counted by alpha spectrometer. Toxic metals were analyzed byInstrumental Neutron Activation Method, with the neutron flux of5.1010.n.cm-2.s-1. Data collection of toxic elements was carried outduring 4 years since 1996 to 1999, and 2 years for radioactivity level studysince 1998 and 1999. High concentration of Zn in Balong and Hulu Putih riverwater samples in 1999 higher than the governmental quality standard value foragriculture. The radionuclides contaminant as Pu-239/240 and Cs-137 were notdetected, and the radioactivity level and identified radionuclides were allnaturally. (author)

  14. Dramatic water-level fluctuations in lakes under intense human impact: modelling the effect of vegetation, climate and hydrogeology

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    Vainu, M.

    2012-04-01

    Lakes form a highly important ecosystem in the glacial terrain of northern Europe and America, but their hydrology remains understudied. When the water-level of a lake drops significantly and rises again in a time span of half a century and the widespread explanation of the fluctuations seems insufficient, then it raises a question: how do different anthropogenic and natural processes actually affect the formation of a lakes' water body. The abovementioned scenario applies to three small closed-basin Estonian lakes (L. Ahnejärv, L. Kuradijärv and L. Martiska) analysed in the current study. These lakes suffered a major water-level drop (up to 3.8 m) between 1946 and 1987 and a major rise between 1987 and 2010, from 1 m (L. Ahnejärv) to 2.5 m (L. Kuradijärv). Decreasing and increasing groundwater abstraction near the lakes has been widely considered to be the only reason for the fluctuations. It is true that the most severe drop in the lake levels did occur after 1972 when groundwater abstraction for drinking water started in the vicinity of the lakes. However, the lake levels started to fall before the groundwater abstraction began and for the time being the lake levels have risen to a higher level than in the 1970s when the quantity of annually abstracted groundwater was similar to nowadays. Therefore the processes affecting the formation of the lakes' water body prove to be more complex than purely the hydrogeological change caused by groundwater abstraction. A new deterministic water balance model (where the evaporation from the lake surface was calculated by Penman equation and the catchment runoff by Thornthwaite-Mather soil-moisture model), compiled for the study, coupled with LiDAR-based GIS-modelling of the catchments was used to identify the different factors influencing the lakes' water level. The modelling results reveal that the moderate drop in lake water levels before the beginning of groundwater abstraction was probably caused by the growth of a coniferous forest on the lake catchments, due to which evapotranspiration and subsequently runoff from the catchment decreased. The forest had been destroyed by wildfires during World War II. The water-level rise that the lakes have gone through in the last 20 years has in the case of L. Ahnejärv been caused by changing meteorological conditions (precipitation, air temperature and wind speed). In the case of Lakes Kuradijärv and Martiska the change has been caused by both the raise of groundwater level (caused by the decreasing groundwater abstraction) and the change of meteorological conditions. Therefore the vegetation change on the catchment and changes in meteorological conditions have played as important or, at times, even more important role in the water-level fluctuations than changes in the hydrogeological conditions. Although concentrating on three specific lakes in a specific region, the result of the study indicate the complexity of factors influencing the amount of water stored in a lake at a certain moment. Therefore it manifests a need for improved models in order to improve lake management around the world.

  15. Seasonal fluctuations of surface water levels in the Mekong River basin from satellite altimetry and other remote sensing data

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    Dominh, K.; Letoan, T.; Cazenave, A.; Mognard-Campbell, N.; Lhermitte, J.

    2004-05-01

    Ten years of satellite altimetry data from the Topex/Poseidon satellite have been analysed to construct water level time series and five years of satellite SPOT Vegetation imagery have been used to monitor the flood extent over the Mekong River basin. Areas overflown by T/P include the Tonle Sap Lake, seasonaly inundated areas and several branches of the hydrographic network of the Mekong delta. Very strong seasonal signal is reported over the Tonle Sap, amplitude reaching annually 5-8 meters peak to peak. Clear interannual signal is also visible. For example year 1999 corresponds to weak floods, contrasting with year 2000 during which strong flood is noticed. Southward, we also observe large seasonal fluctuations (2-3 m) over inundated floodplains, as identified using imagery data from the SPOT Vegetation instrument. Several water level time series have also been constructed at intersections of T/P tracks and waterways of the Mekong Delta. Depending on the location, quite different annual amplitudes are observed, the closer to the Mekong mouth, the smaller the signal. We interpret this observation as the effect of dams built over the Delta in the recent years/decades. We also analysed the interannual water level signal together with precipitations over the whole Mekong basin.

  16. Response of Eichhornia crassipes (Pontederiaceae) to water level fluctuations in two lakes with different connectivity in the Paraná River floodplain

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    Juan José, Neiff; Sylvina Lorena, Casco; Alicia, Poi de Neiff.

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    Full Text Available Se analiza la respuesta de Eichhornia crassipes, una de las plantas acuáticas más frecuentes en la planicie de inundación del río Paraná, a las fluctuaciones del río en dos lagos con diferente conectividad. Las muestras fueron tomadas en 13 condiciones hidrológicas entre Marzo de 1997 y Diciembre de [...] 2001. Durante el periodo de prolongada conectividad hidrológica, el área cubierta por el agua aumenta más de tres veces y el contenido de nitrógeno inorgánico disuelto fue mayor en comparación con la condición de prolongado aislamiento. En comparación con las plantas del lago más aislado del río, las del más conectado tuvieron significativamente menor densidad de hojas, hojas más largas, menor biomasa de raíces y menor cociente entre la biomasa de las partes aéreas y las partes sumergidas. Las diferencias en la altura y la biomasa de hojas y raíces entre diferentes condiciones hidrológicas y la no significativa relación entre el tamaño y su densidad, indican que las características morfológicas de las plantas responden a fluctuaciones del nivel del agua. Durante la prolongada conexión con el río el contenido de nutrientes de las hojas maduras fue alto, en tanto que durante el aislamiento prolongado las hojas tuvieron mayor contenido de lignina y alto cociente L:N. El éxito de Eichhornia crassipes en la ocupación de hábitats sujetos a amplias y erráticas fluctuaciones del nivel del agua parece estar relacionado con su capacidad para modificar sus características morfológicas en función de las fluctuaciones del nivel del agua. Abstract in english Floodplain lakes are especially dynamic due to the irregular flow regime of the Paraná River and its location along the geomorphologic gradient between the lakes and the river. The response of Eichhornia crassipes (Mart.) Solms (one of the most frequent aquatic plant) was studied in two floodplain l [...] akes with different flooding regimes. Samples were taken between March 1997 and December 2001 on 13 different hydrologic conditions during prolonged hydrologic connection and prolonged hydrologic isolation. Leaf height, leaf density, biomass and nutrient content of the mature leaves of E. crassipes were measured and related to water level fluctuation and the hydrologic connectivity. The lake more connected with the main channel had a long lasting inundation phase. In this condition the surface area covered by water increased more than three times compared to prolonged hydrologic isolation condition. As river water entered the floodplain lakes, dissolved inorganic nitrogen increased to high values, especially NO3-, whereas the isolation condition was characterised by a decrease in NO3- concentrations to undetectable levels. Compared to plants growing in the more isolated lake, those growing in the more connected lake had a significantly lower leaf density, longer leaves, less root biomass and lower ratio between below-ground and above-ground biomasses. However, total and leaf biomasses were not significantly different between sites. In each lake, differences in leaf height, leaf biomass and root biomass between prolonged hydrologic connection and isolation, as well as the insignificant relationship between leaf size and leaf density, indicate that the morphological traits of E. crassipes respond to pluri-annual water level fluctuations. The highest nutrient concentration in mature leaves was registered at the end of the prolonged hydrologic connection in the more connected lake. During the prolonged isolation, leaves had more lignin and a higher L:N ratio than at high waters, at the same sites. The success of E. crassipes in occupying habitats subjected to wide and erratic fluctuations in water level, such as the Paraná River floodplain, appears to be related to its ability to modify morphological traits according to water level. Rev. Biol. Trop. 56 (2): 613-623. Epub 2008 June 30.

  17. Environmental assessment for the natural fluctuation of water level in Par Pond and reduced water flow in Steel Creek below L-Lake at the Savannah River Site

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    The Savannah River Operations Office Strategic Plan directs Savannah River Site (SRS) to find ways to reduce operating costs, and to determine what site infrastructure must be maintained and what infrastructure is surplus. Because of the mission change, L-Lake, Par Pond, and the river water system are no longer needed to support current missions and therefore provide an opportunity for operating cost reduction. If SRS determines that L-Lake, Par Pond, and the river water system are no longer needed to support future missions and are considered surplus, appropriate NEPA documentation will be prepared. The purpose of the proposed action in this Environmental Assessment is to begin an examination of the need for the Site's river water system by (1) developing data needed to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of further reducing or eliminating the flow demands from the Site's river water system and; (2) evaluating the potential of reducing operating costs by allowing the water level in Par Pond to fluctuate naturally through reduced pumping. This action also includes reducing the current flow rates from L-Lake to Steel Creek to natural stream flows while maintaining full pool. The recently approved Par Pond CERCLA Interim Action Proposed Plan (IAPP) committed to evaluate in a NEPA document the environmental consequences of this proposed action. This document evaluated the remediation of human health and ecological risks associated with the three year drawdown of Par Pond. Should any of the parameters sampled in the reservoir and streams (e.g., water quality, biota, etc.) exceed established threshold levels during the implementation of the proposed action, water would again be pumped into the reservoir to minimize any impacts by bringing the water level back to an appropriate level about 58.2 m (195 ft)

  18. Environmental assessment for the natural fluctuation of water level in Par Pond and reduced water flow in Steel Creek below L-Lake at the Savannah River Site

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    The Savannah River Operations Office Strategic Plan directs Savannah River Site (SRS) to find ways to reduce operating costs, and to determine what site infrastructure must be maintained and what infrastructure is surplus. Because of the mission change, L-Lake, Par Pond, and the river water system are no longer needed to support current missions and therefore provide an opportunity for operating cost reduction. If SRS determines that L-Lake, Par Pond, and the river water system are no longer needed to support future missions and are considered surplus, appropriate NEPA documentation will be prepared. The purpose of the proposed action in this Environmental Assessment is to begin an examination of the need for the Site`s river water system by (1) developing data needed to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of further reducing or eliminating the flow demands from the Site`s river water system and; (2) evaluating the potential of reducing operating costs by allowing the water level in Par Pond to fluctuate naturally through reduced pumping. This action also includes reducing the current flow rates from L-Lake to Steel Creek to natural stream flows while maintaining full pool. The recently approved Par Pond CERCLA Interim Action Proposed Plan (IAPP) committed to evaluate in a NEPA document the environmental consequences of this proposed action. This document evaluated the remediation of human health and ecological risks associated with the three year drawdown of Par Pond. Should any of the parameters sampled in the reservoir and streams (e.g., water quality, biota, etc.) exceed established threshold levels during the implementation of the proposed action, water would again be pumped into the reservoir to minimize any impacts by bringing the water level back to an appropriate level about 58.2 m (195 ft).

  19. Comparison between Neural Networks and Adaptive Neuro-fuzzy Inference System in Modeling Lake Kerkini Water Level Fluctuation Lake Management using Artificial Intelligence

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    Full Text Available This study presents lake Kerkini water level simulation. Water level depends on a large number of parameters and procedures which are usually complex or non-linear. Water level was calculated, by using a model based on visual basic language. The model took account of all parameters that contribute to water level. Simulation was achieved when the model output approximated the available measured values. Afterwards, the same project was implemented by using artificial intelligence methods. These are, artificial neural networks and adaptive neuro fuzzy inference system. The basic advantage of this implementation is the fact that the output is obtained without having to use all the parameters that contribute to the final result. This means that they can be implemented for modeling systems where the procedures are not fully known or when there is a large parameter number affecting the result. Both models showed a great performance in simulating water level fluctuation and they are also suggested for prediction.

  20. Spatial patterns of zooplanktivore Chirostoma species (Atherinopsidae) during water-level fluctuation in the shallow tropical Lake Chapala, Mexico: seasonal and interannual analysis

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    Rodrigo Moncayo-Estrada; Carlos Escalera-Gallardo; Owen T. Lind

    2011-01-01

    This study addresses the influence of water-level fluctuations on fish distribution at two temporal scales: seasonal (dry and rainy) and interannual (low and high volume conditions). The analysis of abundance relationships among three zooplanktivore Chirostoma species at fifteen sites in Lake Chapala, Mexico, revealed the significant influence of contrasting conditions (P=0.0002). Seasonally, segregation was more related to species dominance in the dry season and exclusively related to enviro...

  1. Pattern and Biodiversity of Plant Community in Water-Level-Fluctuation Zone of Pengxi River After 156 m Impoundment of Three Gorges Reservoir

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    WANG Jian-xiu

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    Full Text Available After impounding to altitude of 156 m, species, spatial pattern and biodiversity of plant community in water-level-fluctuation zone of Three Gorges Reservoir had significant changes. The plant community under altitude of 175 m beside Pengxi River and its tributary Baijia Stream in Kaixian County was studied from July to September, 2008. 108 herb sampling quadrates along five sampling transects, three beside Pengxi River and two beside Baijia Stream, were conducted. The results showed that there are 98 species of vascular plant belong to 38 families, 29 generas. 52 species of wetland plant were investigated. Therophytes(52.0% and cryptophyte (31.6% were the dominant compositions of Raunkiaer’s life. The plant community of study area belonged to 11 associations. Floodplain annual herb zone, Xanthium sibiricum zone, Paspalum paspaloides zone and Imperata cylindrica zone dispersed at the lateral side of Pengxi River and Baijia stream from riparian to altitude of 175 m. The variation and pattern of soil water content significantly influenced the distribution of plant community in water-level-fluctuation zone. There were a low herb biodiversity in water-lever fluctuation zone.

  2. [Mercury dynamics of several plants collected from the water-level fluctuation zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir area during flooding and its impact on water body].

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    Zhang, Xiang; Zhang, Cheng; Sun, Rong-guo; Wang, Ding-yong

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    Submerged plants are a major source for the abnormal elevation of methylmercury in reservoir. Several specific plants (Echinochloa crusgalli, Cynodondactylon and Corn stover) were collected and inundated in a simulated aquatic environment in the laboratory for investigating the mercury (Hg) dynamics in plants and the release process into water, aiming to find out the properties of Hg dynamics of plants under inundation conditions and its impact on water body in the Water-Level Fluctuation Zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir Area. The results showed that the contents of total mercury in several plants were in the range of 9. 21-12.07 ng x g(-1), and the percentage content of methylmercury (MeHg) was about 1%-2%. The content of total mercury (THg) in plants gradually decreased, by 35.81%-55.96%, whereas that of the dissolved mercury (DHg) increased sharply, by 103.23% -232.15%, which indicated an emission of Hg from plants to water in the process of decomposition. Furthermore, the state of inundation provided sufficient conditions for the methylation process in plants and therefore caused an increase of the content of methylmercury in the plant residues, which was 3.04-6.63 times as much as the initial content. The concentration of dissolved methylmercury (DMeHg) in the overlying water also increased significantly by 14.84- 16.05 times compared with the initial concentration. Meanwhile, the concentration of dissolved oxygen (DO) in the overlying water was significantly and negatively correlated with DMeHg. On the other hand, the concentration of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the overlying water was significantly and positively correlated with DMeHg. During the whole inundation period, the increase of DHg in the overlying water accounted for 41.74% -47.01% of the total amount of THg emission, and there was a negative correlation between the content of THg in plant residues and that of DHg in the overlying water. PMID:25826925

  3. Spatial and Seasonal CH4 Flux in the Littoral Zone of Miyun Reservoir near Beijing: The Effects of Water Level and Its Fluctuation

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    YANG, MENG; Geng, Xuemeng; Grace, John; Lu, Cai; Zhu, Yi; Zhou, Yan; Lei, Guangchun

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    Wetlands, and especially their littoral zones, are considered to be CH4 emissions hotspots. The recent creation of reservoirs has caused a rapid increase in the area of the world’s littoral zones. To investigate the effects of water depth and water level fluctuation on CH4 fluxes, and how these are coupled with vegetation and nutrients, we used static closed chamber and gas chromatography techniques to measure CH4 fluxes in the littoral zone of a large reservoir near Beijing, China, from Nove...

  4. Influence of water level fluctuation on the mortality and aboveground biomass of the aquatic macrophyte Eleocharis interstincta (VAHL roemer et schults

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    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to study the biometric alterations of Eleocharis interstincta in response to water level fluctuations in Cabiúnas Lagoon, located on the northern coast of the state of Rio de Janeiro, in the municipality of Macaé. Three quadrats of 0.0625 m² were harvested every two weeks from June/1997 to June/1998; samples were separated into stems, dead stems (detritus and rhizome; lenghted, dried and weighted. The water level fluctuated seasonally in the macrophyte stand with two periods of drawdown. The first period occurred naturally at the end of winter and beginning of spring, when rainfall in the area was normally lowest. The second period of drawdown was the result of an artificial breaching of the sandbar that isolate the lagoon from the sea. The breach was made in the summer, at the time of highest rainfall, when the water level in the lagoon reached the maximum value recorded during the study (1.35 m. There was a strongly positive correlation of the water level with stems mean height and aboveground biomass, indicating that water level played an important role in the determination of these parameters. There was a significant difference between stem height (ANOVA; p < 0.001 and biomass (ANOVA; p < 0.001 in each sampling period, ranging from 143.9 cm and 338.8 g dry wt.m-2, before the sandbar opening, to 16.3 cm and 20.2 g dry wt.m-2 respectively after the sandbar breaching. The drastic variation of the water level, leading mass mortality of the stems, together with the lowest mean biomass/stem (0.057 g dry wt.individual-1, recorded after the sandbar breaching, did not represent a strong disturbance for E. interstincta, since the resilience time estimated for this population was about 30 days.

  5. Lake level fluctuations boost toxic cyanobacterial "oligotrophic blooms".

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    Callieri, Cristiana; Bertoni, Roberto; Contesini, Mario; Bertoni, Filippo

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    Global warming has been shown to strongly influence inland water systems, producing noticeable increases in water temperatures. Rising temperatures, especially when combined with widespread nutrient pollution, directly favour the growth of toxic cyanobacteria. Climate changes have also altered natural water level fluctuations increasing the probability of extreme events as dry periods followed by heavy rains. The massive appearance of Dolichospermum lemmermannii (?=?planktonic Anabaena), a toxic species absent from the pelagic zone of the subalpine oligotrophic Lake Maggiore before 2005, could be a consequence of the unusual fluctuations of lake level in recent years. We hypothesized that these fluctuations may favour the cyanobacterium as result of nutrient pulses from the biofilms formed in the littoral zone when the lake level is high. To help verify this, we exposed artificial substrates in the lake, and evaluated their nutrient enrichment and release after desiccation, together with measurements of fluctuations in lake level, precipitation and D. lemmermannii population. The highest percentage of P release and the lowest C:P molar ratio of released nutrients coincided with the summer appearance of the D. lemmermannii bloom. The P pulse indicates that fluctuations in level counteract nutrient limitation in this lake and it is suggested that this may apply more widely to other oligotrophic lakes. In view of the predicted increase in water level fluctuations due to climate change, it is important to try to minimize such fluctuations in order to mitigate the occurrence of cyanobacterial blooms. PMID:25295866

  6. Uncertainty Analysis of the Effect of In-Stream Water Level Fluctuations on the Distributed Quantification of Stream-Aquifer Exchanges at the Regional Scale

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    Baratelli, F.; Flipo, N.; Lalot, E.; Beaufort, A.; Curie, F.; Moatar, F.

    2014-12-01

    The classical approach to the modeling of stream-aquifer exchanges at the regional scale (> 10 000 km2) is a conductance model in which river stages are assumed to be constant. However, time fluctuations of river stages have a significant impact. The implementation of variable river stages in hydrological models requires parameters which are difficult to estimate at regional scale. This work aims at analyzing how the quantification of stream-aquifer exchanges at the regional scale is affected by the uncertainties on the parameterization of the process. A real case study (Loire basin, 90 000 km2, France) is considered. The length of the simulated river network is 16141 km, 32% of which is in contact with an underlying aquifer. The surface and groundwater flow in the basin are simulated with EauDyssée, an integrated, distributed, physically-based hydrological model. In-stream water level fluctuations are simulated using a simplified Manning-Strickler approach. Stream-aquifer exchanges are evaluated on a 17 year period (1996-2013) at the daily time step over the river network at a resolution of 1 km. The spatial distributions and the time fluctuations of stream-aquifer exchanges obtained with different values of the quantities in Manning's equation are compared with the results of the simulation with fixed river stages. The water fluxes at the stream-aquifer interface are shown to be sensitive to the approach taken for their quantification (constant or variable river stages): in-stream water level fluctuations determine temporary reversals of the gaining or losing regime for some river reaches. Moreover, the impact of the uncertainties on the input quantities of Manning's equation is assessed. Finally, it is shown that the modeled stream-aquifer exchanges along the Loire are consistent with the longitudinal temperature profile estimated with the satellite based thermal infrared images (LANDSAT): the groundwater discharge into the Loire warms the river in winter and cools it in summer.

  7. Fiscal 1998 geothermal development promotion research report on the environmental impact in Akinomiya district. Hot spring, water level, spring water fluctuation; 1998 nendo chinetsu kaihatsu sokushin chosa Akinomiya chiiki chosa kankyo eikyo chosa hokokusho. Onsen, suii, yusui hendo

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    This research was made for investigating the impact of geothermal development on hot spring, ground water level and spring water by drilling 3 investigation wells N9-AY-3, N9- AY-4 and N9-AY-5 in Akinomiya district. Some research items for hot spring showed slight fluctuation until 1997, however, those showed no fluctuation due to drilling of the 3 investigation wells in fiscal 1998. These results suggest that drilling of the investigation wells has no effect on the spring and quality of hot water in Akinomiya district. Drilling of N9-AY-4 well is carrying out continuously after Sept. 1998. Fluctuation of ground water levels was dependent on precipitations, however, drilling of the 3 investigation wells has no effect on the ground water level. These results suggest that drilling of the investigation wells has no effect on the spring of hot water in Akinomiya district. Every research item for spring water showed relatively slight fluctuation stably. These results suggest that drilling of the investigation wells has no effect on spring water in Akinomiya district. (NEDO)

  8. Infiltration properties of covering soil into the void of buried concrete waste due to fluctuation of ground water level and its prevention

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    Low level radioactive concrete waste will be produced in future by breaking up the nuclear facilities, and the waste will be disposed in shallow depth of ground. In order to prepare for those situation, it is needed to clarify the infiltration properties of the covering soil into the void of buried concrete waste due to the fluctuation of ground water level and to develop the prevention methods against the infiltration of the covering soil. In this study, full-scale concrete structure specimens were broken up, and were compacted in large scale testing boxes and a series tests changing water level up and down in the concrete waste and covering soil were performed. From the test results, it was found that the appropriate filter installed between the covering soil and the concrete waste, enable us to prevent the infiltration of covering soil into the void of concrete waste. (author)

  9. Spatial and seasonal CH4 flux in the littoral zone of Miyun Reservoir near Beijing: the effects of water level and its fluctuation.

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    Yang, Meng; Geng, Xuemeng; Grace, John; Lu, Cai; Zhu, Yi; Zhou, Yan; Lei, Guangchun

    2014-01-01

    Wetlands, and especially their littoral zones, are considered to be CH4 emissions hotspots. The recent creation of reservoirs has caused a rapid increase in the area of the world's littoral zones. To investigate the effects of water depth and water level fluctuation on CH4 fluxes, and how these are coupled with vegetation and nutrients, we used static closed chamber and gas chromatography techniques to measure CH4 fluxes in the littoral zone of a large reservoir near Beijing, China, from November 2011 to October 2012. We found that CH4 flux decreased significantly along a transect from open water to dry land, from 3.1 mg m(-2) h(-1) at the deep water site to approximately 1.3 mg m(-2) h(-1) at the shallow water site, and less than 0.01 mg m(-2) h(-1) in the non-flooded area. Water level influenced CH4 flux by affecting soil properties including soil redox potential, soil carbon and nitrogen, and bulk density. The largest emission of all was from the seasonally flooded site after a flooding event (up to 21.1 mg m(-2) h(-1)), which may have been caused by vegetation decomposition. Submerged sites had greater emissions, while the driest site had lower emissions. Immediately after the monthly measurements had been made, we removed the aboveground vegetation to enable an assessment of the gas transportation per unit of biomass. Removal of biomass decreased emissions by up to 53%. These results indicated the dominant effect of water depth on CH4 flux through effects of soil conditions, plant species composition and distribution. This study suggests that temporally flooded wetlands, including littoral zones, contribute significantly to the global CH4 burden. However, the current challenge is to capture their spatial extent and temporal variation in the fluxes. PMID:24710279

  10. Responses of N2O flux to water level fluctuation and other environmental factors at littoral zone of Miyun Reservoir: a comparison with CH4 fluxes

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    M. Yang

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available There have been only a few studies that allow us to estimate the contribution of newly-created reservoirs to greenhouse gas budgets. In particular, information is limited for understanding the spatiotemporal variation of N2O flux and the underlying mechanisms in the littoral zone where complex biochemical processes are induced by water level fluctuations. A study was carried out at five different water levels (deep water area, shallow water area, seasonally flooded area, control site for seasonally flooded area and non-flooded area at the littoral zone of a temperate reservoir using the static chamber technique. Seasonal and spatial variations of N2O flux and environmental factors were monitored throughout the growing season including a flood event during summer rains. The N2O flux ranged from ?2.29 to 182.47 ?g m?2 h?1. Non-flooded dry land emitted more N2O than flooded land, no matter whether it was permanently or seasonally flooded. However, no significant difference was observed between seasonally flooded sites and their control sites. Wind speed, air temperature, soil water content, dissolved oxygen in water and soil nitrate influenced N2O flux significantly. In order to know the contrasting characteristics of N2O and CH4 fluxes in the littoral zone of the reservoir, results were compared with a previous study on CH4 emission carried out at the same sites and time with comparable methods. It showed that N2O flux and CH4 flux was influenced by distinct factors and in differing ways. This work highlights the complexity of N2O flux at the littoral zone. The different response ways of N2O and CH4 to environments implies the big challenge of greenhouse gas emission control through ecosystem management.

  11. Responses of N2O flux to water level fluctuation and other environmental factors at littoral zone of Miyun Reservoir: a comparison with CH4 fluxes

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    Yang, M.; Geng, X. M.; Grace, J.; Jia, Y. F.; Liu, Y. Z.; Jiao, S. W.; Shi, L. L.; Lu, C.; Zhou, Y.; Lei, G. C.

    2015-04-01

    There have been only a few studies that allow us to estimate the contribution of newly-created reservoirs to greenhouse gas budgets. In particular, information is limited for understanding the spatiotemporal variation of N2O flux and the underlying mechanisms in the littoral zone where complex biochemical processes are induced by water level fluctuations. A study was carried out at five different water levels (deep water area, shallow water area, seasonally flooded area, control site for seasonally flooded area and non-flooded area) at the littoral zone of a temperate reservoir using the static chamber technique. Seasonal and spatial variations of N2O flux and environmental factors were monitored throughout the growing season including a flood event during summer rains. The N2O flux ranged from -2.29 to 182.47 ?g m-2 h-1. Non-flooded dry land emitted more N2O than flooded land, no matter whether it was permanently or seasonally flooded. However, no significant difference was observed between seasonally flooded sites and their control sites. Wind speed, air temperature, soil water content, dissolved oxygen in water and soil nitrate influenced N2O flux significantly. In order to know the contrasting characteristics of N2O and CH4 fluxes in the littoral zone of the reservoir, results were compared with a previous study on CH4 emission carried out at the same sites and time with comparable methods. It showed that N2O flux and CH4 flux was influenced by distinct factors and in differing ways. This work highlights the complexity of N2O flux at the littoral zone. The different response ways of N2O and CH4 to environments implies the big challenge of greenhouse gas emission control through ecosystem management.

  12. Global Warming and Caspian Sea Level Fluctuations

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    2013-01-01

    Coastal regions have a high social, economical and environmental importance. Due to this importance the sea level fluctuations can have many bad consequences. In this research the correlation between the increasing trend of temperature in coastal stations due to Global Warming and the Caspian Sea level has been established. The Caspian Sea level data has been received from the Jason-1 satellite. It was resulted that the monthly correlation between the temperature and sea level is high and also positive and almost the same for all the stations. But the yearly correlation was negative. It means that the sea level has decreased by the increase in temperature.

  13. Influence of Reservoir Water Level Fluctuations on Sediment Methylmercury Concentrations Downstream of the Historical Black Butte Mercury Mine, OR

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    Mercury (Hg) is a pollutant of global concern due to its ability to accumulate as methylmercury (MeHg) in biota. Mercury is methylated by anaerobic microorganisms such as sulfate reducing bacteria (SRB) in water and sediment. Throughout North America, reservoirs tend to have e...

  14. Modeling of groundwater level fluctuations using dendrochronology in alluvial aquifers

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    Gholami, V.; Chau, K. W.; Fadaee, F.; Torkaman, J.; Ghaffari, A.

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    Groundwater is the most important water resource in semi-arid and arid regions such as Iran. It is necessary to study groundwater level fluctuations to manage disasters (such as droughts) and water resources. Dendrochronology, which uses tree-rings to reconstruct past events such as hydrologic and climatologic events, can be used to evaluate groundwater level fluctuations. In this study, groundwater level fluctuations are simulated using dendrochronology (tree-rings) and an artificial neural network (ANN) for the period from 1912 to 2013. The present study was undertaken using the Quercus Castaneifolia species, which is present in an alluvial aquifer of the Caspian southern coasts, Iran. A multilayer percepetron (MLP) network was adopted for the ANN. Tree-ring diameter and precipitation were the input parameters for the study, and groundwater levels were the outputs. After the training process, the model was validated. The validated network and tree-rings were used to simulate groundwater level fluctuations during the past century. The results showed that an integration of dendrochronology and an ANN renders a high degree of accuracy and efficiency in the simulation of groundwater levels. The simulated groundwater levels by dendrochronology can be used for drought evaluation, drought period prediction and water resources management.

  15. Ecological Engineering of Drawdown Wetlands Based on Water-level Fluctuation-Baijia Stream in the Three Gorges Reservoir as a Case Study

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available The Three Gorges Reservoir (TGR provides the benefits of flood control, electricity generation and improved transportation along the river corridor. For the purpose of flood control, the reservoir height varies between 145 m and 175 m above sea level, creating a reservoir littoral zone of about 350 km2 in total area distributed along more than 1200 km of shoreline. Most of the littoral zone is flooded during October to May and relatively dry during the remainder of the year. Water level regulation has caused marked ecological changes in the littoral zone of TGR. The littoral zone formed after impounded by TGR not only is the crucible to us, but also the ecological opportunity. The vegetation of large-scale hydro-fluctuation belt is a very valuable resource, if properly used, can turn harm into advantage. In view of the current status and existing problems of the littoral wetland in TGR, we should focus on utilizing resources of the littoral wetland eco-friendly. Based on the needs for the littoral wetland transform into the multifunctional ecological economic benefit such as increasing carbon sources, biological production, and environmental purification, we must develop the ecological engineering model of sustainable utilizing the wetland resources of the littoral zone. In view of the environment problems of TGR and its characteristics of water level fluctuation, the ecological engineering focusing on restoration of littoral wetlands have been carried out since 2008. The eco-logical engineering was mainly conducted at littoral wetlands in Baijia stream of Pengxi River of TGR, including dike-pond system, submergence tolerance wetland-woods and waterfowl habitats recreate projects. The design principle and process for the ecological engineering of littoral wetlands restoration under the condition of the periodic water level change was described in details in this paper. Effects of the ecological engineering and the benefits to the environments were assessed. In the end of the article we proposed that the ecological engineering focus on the restoration of littoral wetlands, also should consider uti.

  16. Long-Term, Seasonal and Short-Term Fluctuations in the Water Level of the Southern Baltic Sea

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    Full Text Available Aim of this work are analyses of oscillations sea levels in the Southern Baltic on a scale of short-term changes, seasonal and long-term (age. The study was based on observational data in different periods time for tide gauges station of the Polish coast. On the example of some storm situations presents the part of the baric wave and the wind in the formation of extreme sea levels. The primary cause of the annual variability of sea levels was the characteristics of the annual and semi-annual oscillations (the annual and semi-annual solar tide. In the work also determined the rate of long-term sea-level rise for the Polish coast.

  17. Water-Level Fluctuations of Urmia Lake: Relationship with the Long-Term Changes of Meteorological Variables (Solutions for Water-Crisis Management in Urmia Lake Basin)

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    Mojtaba Zoljoodi; Ali Didevarasl

    2014-01-01

    Urmia Lake in northwest of Iran, through the recent years has been extremely faced with the water crisis. Climate variations and anthropogenic impacts could be two main affiliated factors in this regard. We considered the long term data series of precipitation, temperature and evaporation in monthly and yearly scales in order to compare to water-level values of Urmia Lake. The statistics approaches such as: standard deviation, trend analysis, T test, Pearson and Spearma...

  18. [Effects of light irradiation on phosphorous releases from typical submerged soils of water-level fluctuation zones of Three Gorges Reservoirs areas].

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    Guo, Nian; Jiang, Tao; Wei, Shi-Qiang; Yan, Jin-Long; Liang, Jian; Lu, Song; Gao, Jie

    2014-12-01

    For understanding the impact of light irradiation on the phosphorus (P) releases from soil-water interface, two types of typical soils sampled from water-level fluctuation zones of Three Gorges Reservoir areas were selected as research objectives, and simulated light irradiation experiment in lab was conducted for unveiling the underlying mechanisms of P releases from submerged soils in the presence of light irradiation. The results showed that light irradiation could inhibit P releases from submerged soils by a certain degree. Under light condition, total P (TP) concentrations in underlying water of submerged purple soil ranged from 0.018 to 0.033 mg x L(-1), as compared to the range of 0.02-0.057 mg x L(-1) in darkness treatment. Additionally, for gray-brown purple soil, TP was in a range of 0.028-0.045 mg x L(-1) when light irradiated, but in the range of 0.04-0. 084 mg x L(-1) under darkness condition. Meanwhile, changes of iron oxides in soils due to light irradiation were possibly to be the important reason to explain the inhabitation of light irradiation on P releases. Moreover, light irradiation resulted in decreasing saturation degree of iron oxides in soils, which further inhibited the iron reduction and production of amorphous iron, further enhanced the underlying mechanisms of decreasing P releases in presence of light irradiation. Further, CO2 and CH4 could reflect decomposition of soil organic carbon (SOC) in submerged condition. Light irradiation significantly decreased SOC transformation into carbon gases. Stimulating consumption of inorganic electron acceptors in submerged soils could also be used to explain the changes of iron oxides under light irradiation condition. Thus, inhabitation of light irradiation on P releases from submerged soils obviously related with iron minerals reduction and decomposition of organic matter in soils. PMID:25826924

  19. Plant community characteristics and their responses to environmental factors in the water level fluctuation zone of the three gorges reservoir in China.

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    Zhang, Zhiyong; Wan, Chengyan; Zheng, Zhiwei; Hu, Lian; Feng, Kun; Chang, Jianbo; Xie, Ping

    2013-10-01

    The annual water level regulating of the Three Gorges Reservoir prolonged the submerged duration (from 2 to 8 months) and resulted in the reversal of natural flood rhythms (winter submerged). These changes might alter plant community characteristics in the water level fluctuation zone (WLFZ). The aim of this study was to determine the plant community characteristics in the WLFZ and their responses to the environmental factors (i.e., annual hydrological regulation, topographic characteristics, soil physical properties and soil nutrients). The height, coverage, frequency and biomass of each plant species and the soil properties at each elevation zone (150, 155, 160, 165 and 170 m) were measured from March to September in 2010. Univariate two-factor analysis and redundancy analysis (RDA) were used to analyze the spatial and temporal variations of the community characteristics and identify the key environmental factors influencing vegetation. We found that 93.2 % of the species analysed were terrestrial vascular plants. Annual herbs made up the highest percentage of life forms at each altitude. The differences in the species number per square metre, the Shannon-Wiener diversity index and the biomass of vegetation demonstrated statistical significance with respect to sampling time but not elevation. The most dominant species at altitudes of 150, 155, 160, 165 and 170 m were Cynodon dactylon, Cyperus rotundus, Digitaria sanguinalis, Setaria viridis and Daucus carota, respectively. The concentrations of soil nutrients appeared to be the lowest at an altitude of 150 m, although the differences with respect to elevation were not significant. The results of the RDA indicated that the key factors that influenced the species composition of vegetation were elevation, slope, pH and the concentration of soil available phosphorus. PMID:23589274

  20. The effects of land use, temperature and water level fluctuations on the emission of nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4) from organic soil cores in Iceland

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    2009-01-01

    Agricultural practices can affect soil microbial production and emission of the major greenhouse gases (GHG’s) nitrous oxide (N2O), carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4). The purpose of this study was to gain insight into the influence of temperature, water level and water level fluctuations on the GHG emission of soils representing the three major types of landuse in Iceland: undisturbed peatland, drained uncultivated peatland and hayfield on drained peatland. Twenty-four soi...

  1. Plant communities in relation to flooding and soil characteristics in the water level fluctuation zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir, China.

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    Ye, Chen; Zhang, Kerong; Deng, Qi; Zhang, Quanfa

    2013-03-01

    With the filling of the Three Gorges Reservoir, original vegetation in the water level fluctuation zone (WLFZ) between the elevations of 145 and 175 m disappeared due to the reversal of submergence time (winter flooding) and prolonged inundation duration (nearly half a year). To better understand the relationships between the environmental factors and recovered plant communities for reconstructing floristically diverse riparian zone, we conducted a field survey in 11 sites in the WLFZ in June 2010, and vegetation composition, flooding characteristics, heavy metals, and soil major nutrients were determined. Consequently, the canonical correspondence analysis was used to investigate the relationships between plant species composition and flooding characteristics, heavy metal contamination, and soil nutrients. Results demonstrated that vegetation in the WLFZ was dominated by annuals, i.e., Echinochloa crusgalli and Bidens tripartita, and perennials including Cynodon dactylon, and plant species richness and diversity were negatively associated with flooding duration, heavy metal contamination, and nutrients including total phosphorus, available phosphorus, available potassium, and nitrate. Our results suggest that plant species, recovering mainly through soil seed bank and regeneration of remnant individuals, have been influenced by the combined effects of environmental factors. PMID:22968672

  2. Mesoscale wind fluctuations over Danish waters

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    Vincent, C.L.

    2010-12-15

    Mesoscale wind fluctuations affect the large scale integration of wind power because they undermine the day-ahead predictability of wind speed and power production, and because they can result in large fluctuations in power generation that must be balanced using reserve power. Large fluctuations in generated power are a particular problem for offshore wind farms because the typically high concentration of turbines within a limited geographical area means that fluctuations can be correlated across large numbers of turbines. Furthermore, organised mesoscale structures that often form over water, such as convective rolls and cellular convection, have length scales of tens of kilometers, and can cause large wind fluctuations on a time scale of around an hour. This thesis is an exploration of the predictability of mesoscale wind fluctuations using observations from the world's first two large offshore wind farms - Horns Rev I in the North Sea, and Nysted in the Baltic Sea. The thesis begins with a climatological analysis of wind fluctuations on time scales of 1-10 hours at the two sites. A novel method for calculating conditional climatologies of spectral information is proposed, based on binning and averaging the time axis of the Hilbert spectrum. Results reveal clear patterns between wind fluctuations and locally observed meteorological conditions. The analysis is expanded by classifying wind fluctuations on time scales of 1-3 hours according to synoptic patterns, satellite pictures and wind classes. Results indicate that cold air outbreaks and open cellular convection are a significant contributor to mesoscale wind variability at Horns Rev. The predictability of mesoscale wind fluctuations is tested by implementing standard statistical models that relate local wind variability to parameters based on a large scale weather analysis. The models show some skill, but only achieve a 15% improvement on a persistence forecast. The possibility of explicitly modelling mesoscale fluctuations in a mesoscale model is then examined using the weather research and forecasting (WRF) model. A set of case studies demonstrate that realistic hour-scale wind fluctuations and open cellular convection patterns develop in WRF simulations with 2 km horizontal grid spacing. The atmospheric conditions during one of the case studies are then used to initialise a simplified version of the model that has no large scale weather forcing, topography or surface inhomogeneties. Using the simplified model, the sensitivity of the modelled open cellular convection to choices in model setup and to aspects of the environmental forcing are tested. Finally, the cell-scale kinetic energy budget of the modelled cells is calculated, and it is shown that the buoyancy and pressure balance terms are important for cell maintenance. It is explained that the representation of mesoscale convection in a mesoscale model is not only important to end users such as wind farm operators, but to the treatment of energy transport within the boundary layer. (Author)

  3. Hydrological processes and water resources management in a dryland environment IV: Long-term groundwater level fluctuations due to variation in rainfall

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    1999-01-01

    Full Text Available To evaluate the effects of variations in rainfall on groundwater, long-term rainfall records were used to simulate groundwater levels over the period 1953-96 at an experimental catchment in south-east Zimbabwe. Two different modelling methods were adopted. Firstly, a soil water balance model (ACRU simulated drainage from daily rainfall and evaporative demand; groundwater levels were predicted as a function of drainage, specific yield and water table height. Secondly, the cumulative rainfall departure method was used to model groundwater levels from monthly rainfall. Both methods simulated observed groundwater levels over the period 1992-96 successfully, and long-term simulated trends in historical levels were comparable. Results suggest that large perturbations in groundwater levels area a normal feature of the response of a shallow aquifer to variations in rainfall. Long-term trends in groundwater levels are apparent and reflect the effect of cycles in rainfall. Average end of dry season water levels were simulated to be almost 3 m higher in the late 1970s compared to those of the early 1990s. The simulated effect of prolonged low rainfall on groundwater levels was particularly severe during the period 1981-92 with a series of low recharge years unprecedented in the earlier record. More recently, above average rainfall has resulted in generally higher groundwater levels. The modelling methods described may be applied in the development of guidelines for groundwater schemes to help ensure safe long-term yields and to predict future stress on groundwater resources in low rainfall periods; they are being developed to evaluate the effects of land use and management change on groundwater resources.

  4. Density fluctuations level during sawtooth relaxations in tokamak plasmas

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    Specific turbulence observed in TFR tokamak plasmas is discussed. The observations, performed by the analysis of density fluctuations with CO2 laser light scattering, were compared with the Andreoletti disruption model. The four phases of the specific fluctuation are presented. The specific turbulence level during the collapse, during the turbulent kink and the return phase are shown

  5. Spatial-temporal Dynamics of Vegetation in the Newly Created Water-level-fluctuation Zone of Three Gorges Reservoir:a Case Study in Baijia Stream, Kaixian County, China

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    Full Text Available "After impoundent of the Three Gorges Reservoir, a large permanent sample plot was placed in its water-level-fluctuation zone beside Baijia Stream, Kaixian County, China. Vegetation in the plot was investigated in the summer of 2008,2009 and 2010. The result indicated that community' s component, biodiversity and aboveground biomass showed obvious spatial-temporal dynamics. Total spiecies number of vascular flora inside decreased yearly, from 52 species in 2008 to 41 species in 2009 and to 35 species in 2010. The area below 156 m in elevation was dominated by Paspalum paspaloides andXanthium sibiricum in 2008. However, Paspalum paspaloides was rapid replaced by Cynodon dactylo in 2009 and X. sibiricum expanded its distribution in upper area of the plot. In 2010, X. sibiricum depressed its population in lower areas of the plot as the Three Gorges Reservoir started to impound half month earlier in the winter of 2009 and decreased seed bank for its germination. Shannon-Wiener Index increased as elevation according to the data of 2009 and 2010, which reflected the influ-ence of submerged gradient. Aboveground biomass of vegetation in each elevation zone of the plot indicated great variation.Key words: Three Gorges Reservoir; water-level-fluctuation zone; vegetation; spatial-temporal dynamics; biodiversity"

  6. Temporal fluctuations of formaldehyde levels inside residences

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    Gammage, R.B.; Hingerty, B.E.; Matthews, T.G.; Hawthorne, A.R.; Womack, D.R.; Westley, R.R.; Gupta, K.C.

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    Excursions in the levels of formaldehyde were measured inside three houses. These were a 10-y-old home, a 3 y-old home prefitted with urea-formaldehyde foam insulation (UFFI), and a 2-y-old energy-efficient home. Measurements of formaldehyde were made using active and passive air-sampling devices with subsequent colorimetric analysis by the pararosaniline procedure. The variation of diurnal formaldehyde concentrations inside each house varied by up to a factor of two. Over the course of a year, the formaldehyde concentration within the 3-y-old UFFI house varied by an order of magnitude. These changes appeared to correlate with factors such as changes in the temperature, weather, and occupant activity. Inside the 2-y-old house the effects on formaldehyde levels of increased ventilation rate and the operation of a small charcoal-based air cleaner were studied. The results suggest that formaldehyde levels were not inversely proportional to the air exchange rate and that the air cleaner tested were ineffective.

  7. 40 CFR 230.24 - Normal water fluctuations.

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    ... OCEAN DUMPING SECTION 404(b)(1) GUIDELINES FOR SPECIFICATION OF DISPOSAL SITES FOR DREDGED OR FILL MATERIAL Potential Impacts on Physical and Chemical Characteristics of the Aquatic Ecosystem § 230.24 Normal water fluctuations....

  8. Effects of water vapor fluctuations on atmospheric limb radiance structure

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    Quang, Carine; Rialland, Valérie; Roblin, Antoine

    2010-10-01

    Airborne infrared limb-viewing sensors may be used as surveillance devices in order to detect dim military targets. These systems' performances are limited by the inhomogeneous background in the sensor field of view which impacts strongly on target detection probability. Consequently, the knowledge of the radiance small-scale angular fluctuations and their statistical properties is required to assess the sensors' detection capacity. In the stratosphere and in clear-sky conditions, the structured background is mainly due to inertia-gravity-wave and turbulence-induced temperature and density spatial fluctuations. Moreover, in the particular case of water vapor absorption bands, the mass fraction fluctuations play a non negligible role on the radiative field. Thereby, considering as a first approximation the temperature field and the water vapor field as stationary stochastic processes, the radiance autocorrelation function (ACF) can be expressed as a function of the temperature ACF and the water vapor mass fraction ACF. This paper presents the model developed to compute the two-dimensional radiance angular ACF. This model requires the absorption coefficients and their temperature derivatives, which were calculated by a line-by-line code dedicated to water vapor absorption bands. An analytical model was also developed for a simple homogeneous case, in order to validate the average values and the radiance fluctuation variance. The numerical model variance and variance distribution are also compared to SAMM2 outputs, the AFRL radiance structure computation code. The influence of water vapor fluctuations on radiance fluctuations is also discussed.

  9. Reactor water level control device and water level control method

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    The present invention provide a device of and a method for controlling fluctuation of reactor water level caused upon insertion of selected control rods performed in order to ensure reactor stability when recycling pumps of a BWR-type power plant are stopped. When it is detected that reactor operation determined by reactor power and reactor core flow rate reaches unstable region after stoppage of a portion of the recycling pumps, the speed of integral recycling pumps is lowered to a predetermined speed of revolution conducted together with the insertion of selected control rods to suppress fluctuation of the reactor water level. Namely, (1) a recycling pump state monitoring device receives recycling pump state signals as an input and outputs recycling pump stopping detection signals. (2) A selected control rod insertion operation demand judging device judges the insurance of reactor stability due to insertion of the selected control rods and outputs selected control rod insertion operation demand signals. (3) A recycling pump speed control device outputs recycling pump speed control signals to control reactor core flow rate. (4) A minimum flow rate control valve controlling device outputs minimum flow rate control valve opening operation demand signals after a predetermined period of time. (5) A feed water pump minimum flow rate control valve is disposed to a feed water pump bypass channel and operated by the output signals of the device (4). (I.S.)

  10. Fluctuation of gas yield during water radiolysis

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    Results of water radiolysis study in an open system under the effect of gamma-radiation are presented. It is ascertained, that total amount of gases, evolved during water radiolysis in an open system, as well as their composition, vary within season, month, and daytime. The correlation of the above-mentioned variations with the change in solar activity in 1977-1981 is pointed out

  11. Chronology of fluctuating sea levels since the triassic.

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    Haq, B U; Hardenbol, J; Vail, P R

    1987-03-01

    Advances in sequence stratigraphy and the development of depositional models have helped explain the origin of genetically related sedimentary packages during sea level cycles. These concepts have provided the basis for the recognition of sea level events in subsurface data and in outcrops of marine sediments around the world. Knowledge of these events has led to a new generation of Mesozoic and Cenozoic global cycle charts that chronicle the history of sea level fluctuations during the past 250 million years in greater detail than was possible from seismic-stratigraphic data alone. An effort has been made to develop a realistic and accurate time scale and widely applicable chronostratigraphy and to integrate depositional sequences documented in public domain outcrop sections from various basins with this chronostratigraphic framework. A description of this approach and an account of the results, illustrated by sea level cycle charts of the Cenozoic, Cretaceous, Jurassic, and Triassic intervals, are presented. PMID:17818978

  12. Mesoscale wind fluctuations over Danish waters

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    Vincent, Claire Louise

    2010-01-01

    Mesoscale wind uctuations aect the large scale integration of wind power because they undermine the day-ahead predictability of wind speed and power production, and because they can result in large uctuations in power generation that must be balanced using reserve power. Large uctuations in generated power are a particular problem for oshore wind farms because the typically high concentration of turbines within a limited geographical area means that uctuations can be correlated across large numbers of turbines. Furthermore, organised mesoscale structures that often form over water, such as convective rolls and cellular convection, have length scales of tens of kilometers, and can cause large wind uctuations on a time scale of around an hour. This thesis is an exploration of the predictability of mesoscale wind uctuations using observations from the world's rst two large oshore wind farms - Horns Rev I in the North Sea, and Nysted in the Baltic Sea. The thesis begins with a climatological analysis of wind uctuations on time scales of 1{10 hours at the two sites. A novel method for calculating conditional climatologies of spectral information is proposed, based on binning and averaging the time axis of the Hilbert spectrum. Results reveal clear patterns between wind uctuations and locally observed meteorological conditions. The analysis is expanded by classifying wind uctuations on time scales of 1{3 hours according to synoptic patterns, satellite pictures and wind classes. Results indicate that cold air outbreaks and open cellular convection are a signicant contributor to mesoscale wind variability at Horns Rev. The predictability of mesoscale wind uctuations is tested by implementing standard statistical models that relate local wind variability to parameters based on a large scale weather analysis. The models show some skill, but only achieve a 15% improvement on a persistence forecast. The possibility of explicitly modelling mesoscale uctuations in a mesoscale model is then examined using the weatherresearch and forecasting (WRF) model. A set of case studies demonstrate that realistic hour-scale wind uctuations and open cellular convection patterns develop in WRF simulations with 2km horizontal grid spacing. The atmospheric conditions during one of the case studies are then used to initialise a simplied version of the model that has no large scale weather forcing, topography or surface inhomogeneties. Using the simplied model, the sensitivity of the modelled open cellular convection to choices in model setup and to aspects of the environmental forcing are tested. Finally, the cell-scale kinetic energy budget of the modelled cells is calculated, and it is shown that the buoyancy and pressure balance terms are important for cell maintenance. It is explained that the representation of mesoscale convection in a mesoscale model is not only important to end users such as wind farm operators, but to the treatment of energy transport within the boundary layer.

  13. 1999 Planned Water Levels

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — This document contains information about the water levels planned for the ponds and wetlands at St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge in 1999.

  14. Water Level Station History

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Images contain station history information for 175 stations in the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON). The NWLON is a network of long-term,...

  15. How the fluctuations of water levels affect populations of invasive bivalve Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774) in a Neotropical reservoir? / Como a flutuação dos níveis da água afetam as populações do bivalve invasor Corbicula fluminea (Müller, 1774) em um reservatório neotropical?

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    LRP., Paschoal; DP., Andrade; G., Darrigran.

    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available Corbicula fluminea é um bivalve invasor, responsável por inúmeros problemas ambientais e econômicos ao redor do mundo. Apesar de sua capacidade de invasão, a espécie sofre certas restrições devido a fenômenos naturais em ambientes lênticos, afetando significativamente sua estrutura populacional (e.g [...] . flutuação do nível da água e a exposição à luz solar). O presente trabalho avaliou como o decréscimo temporal do nível da água de um reservatório neotropical e a exposição solar, afeta a estrutura populacional de C. fluminea. Duas amostragens foram realizadas no reservatório da Usina Hidrelétrica (UHE) de Furnas (Minas Gerais, Brasil), em 2011 e 2012. A densidade populacional, o comprimento médio e a distribuição espacial da espécie para cada ano foram estimados após amostragem em 51 quadrats (0,0625m2) dispostos em três transectos em diferentes distâncias das margens do reservatório (0, 10 e 20 m em relação a um ponto fixo). Observou-se o predomínio de C. fluminea em ambos os anos, coincidindo com o decréscimo da densidade e riqueza de espécies nativas nas áreas de amostragem. Foram registradas diferenças significativas na densidade de C. fluminea entre as distâncias da margem, sendo atribuídas principalmente à variabilidade temporal do substrato e da água desses ambientes. Registrou-se também uma tendência em aumento da densidade e agregação com o aumento da distância da margem, devido à maior estabilidade dessas áreas (>10 m). Houveram diferenças significativas no tamanho médio das conchas de C. fluminea entre às distâncias da margem e durante os anos, assim como na interação desses fatores (Distâncias vs. Anos). Tais resultados foram associados à capacidade reprodutiva e invasiva da espécie. Esse estudo revelou que eventos temporais (principalmente, a flutuação do nível da água) em ambientes lênticos neotropicais provocam alterações na densidade, tamanho médio e distribuição de C. fluminea e na composição da malacofauna nativa. Abstract in english Corbicula fluminea is an invasive bivalve responsible for several environmental and financial problems around the globe. Despite the invasive potential of this species, it suffers certain restrictions in lentic environments due to natural phenomena that significantly affect its population structure [...] (e.g. water column fluctuation and sunlight exposure). The present study addresses how temporal decline of the water level in a Neotropical reservoir and exposure to sunlight affect the population structure of C. fluminea. Samplings were carried out twice in the reservoir of Furnas Hydroelectric Power Station (HPS) (Minas Gerais, Brazil), in 2011 and 2012. Population density, spatial distribution and mean shell length of C. fluminea were estimated for each year after sampling in 51 quadrats (0.0625m2) placed on three transects at different distances along the reservoir margins (0, 10 and 20 m from a fixed-point). We observed a predominance of C. fluminea in both years, with a simultaneous gradual decrease in density and richness of native species in the sampling area. Significant differences in density of C. fluminea were registered at different distances from the margin, and are related to the temporal variability of physical conditions of the sediment and water in these environments. We also registered a trend toward an increase in the density and aggregation of C. fluminea as we moved away from the margin, due to the greater stability of these areas (>10 m). The mean shell length of C. fluminea showed significant difference between the distinct distances from the margin and during the years, as well as the interaction of these factors (Distances vs.Years). These results were associated with the reproductive and invasive capacity of this species. This study reveals that these temporal events (especially water column fluctuation) may cause alterations in density, spatial distribution and mean shell length of C. fluminea and the composition of the native malacofauna in Neotropical

  16. Estimation of groundwater evaportranspiration using diurnal water table fluctuations in the Mu Us Desert, northern China

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    Cheng, Dong-hui; Li, Ying; Chen, Xunhong; Wang, Wen-ke; Hou, Guang-cai; Wang, Cun-liang

    2013-05-01

    Groundwater evapotranspiration (ETg) is a significant component of water balance analysis in desert areas. Estimation of ETg using diurnal water table fluctuations, i.e. the White method, is considered simple and straightforward, but it was seldom applied in desert areas. In this study, long-term and high-resolution groundwater level data were used to estimate ETg rate at two sites covered by typical desert plants Salix psammophila and Artemisia ordosica, respectively, in the Mu Us Desert in northern China. The specific yield (Sy) was derived from a drainage experiment in laboratory. The results showed that the water demand of S. psammophila could result in a weak but identifiable diurnal fluctuation of water table that was 2.35 m below the land surface, reasonable estimates of ETg could be derived from the White method, and the level of the ETg corresponded with the plant growth stages. However, the water table data from the area covered by A. ordosica did not show diurnal fluctuation during the growing season. The White method is good for the desert areas where groundwater use by other processes is negligible, and evapotranspiration is the main process for groundwater consumption. In addition, the information about diurnal water table fluctuations is useful for identification of groundwater-dependence of vegetation. A. ordosica is groundwater-independent, whereas S. psammophila is groundwater-dependent.

  17. Tide-induced groundwater level fluctuation in a U-shaped coastal aquifer

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    Huang, Fu-Kuo; Chuang, Mo-Hsiung; Wang, Grace S.; Yeh, Hund-Der

    2015-11-01

    The prediction of groundwater level fluctuation due to tidal waves propagation in coastal aquifers is important for the planning and management of water resources in coastal areas. A two-dimensional (2-D) analytical solution is derived to describe the tidal groundwater fluctuation in an aquifer bounded by three water-land boundaries that form a U-shaped coastline. Two opposite sides represent estuary-land boundaries on which the amplitude attenuation and phase shift of the tidal movement in the estuary are considered while the third side is an ocean-land boundary. The effects of wave interaction due to the propagation of oscillating oceanic tides in the cross-shore direction inland and the transmission of the two opposite estuarine tides in the along-shore direction are investigated. Three existing head-fluctuation solutions can be considered as special cases of the present solution; one is for one-dimensional flow and the other two are for 2-D flow. A transition distance ranging from 10 to 15 times of tidal propagation length along the shoreline can be estimated based on the solution. This distance can be used to judge whether the interaction among tides is significant. The influences of hydraulic properties on the tidal fluctuations within the aquifer can therefore be assessed quantitatively. Based on sensitivity analyses, one can conclude that the tidal head is most sensitive to the transmissivity and storativity of the aquifer, and least to the damping coefficient of tidal amplitude and wave number along the estuary. The sensitivities of head fluctuation to the changes of transmissivity and storativity depend on the shoreline length and whether the interaction among waves is significant. On the other hand, the sensitivities of head fluctuation to the changes of damping coefficient and wave number increase with diagonal distance from the entry of estuary and reach the largest magnitude near the estuary far away seashore.

  18. Sea Levels Online: Sea Level Variations of the United States Derived from National Water Level Observation Network Stations

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — Water level records are a combination of the fluctuations of the ocean and the vertical land motion at the location of the station. Monthly mean sea level (MSL)...

  19. Computer simulation study of water using a fluctuating charge model

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    M Krishnan; A Verma; S Balasubramanian

    2001-10-01

    Hydrogen bonding in small water clusters is studied through computer simulation methods using a sophisticated, empirical model of interaction developed by Rick et al (S W Rick, S J Stuart and B J Berne 1994 J. Chem. Phys. 101 6141) and others. The model allows for the charges on the interacting sites to fluctuate as a function of time, depending on their local environment. The charge flow is driven by the difference in the electronegativity of the atoms within the water molecule, thus effectively mimicking the effects of polarization of the charge density. The potential model is thus transferable across all phases of water. Using this model, we have obtained the minimum energy structures of water clusters up to a size of ten. The cluster structures agree well with experimental data. In addition, we are able to distinctly identify the hydrogens that form hydrogen bonds based on their charges alone, a feature that is not possible in simulations using fixed charge models. We have also studied the structure of liquid water at ambient conditions using this fluctuating charge model.

  20. Estimation of evapotranspiration using diurnal groundwater level fluctuations: Comparison of different approaches with groundwater lysimeter data

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    Fahle, Marcus; Dietrich, Ottfried

    2014-01-01

    In wetlands or riparian areas, water withdrawal by plants with access to groundwater or the capillary fringe often causes diurnal groundwater fluctuations. Various approaches use the characteristics of these fluctuations for estimation of daily groundwater evapotranspiration rates. The objective of this paper was to review the available methods, compare them with measured evapotranspiration and assess their recharge assumptions. For this purpose, we employed data of 85 rain-free days of a weighable groundwater lysimeter situated at a grassland site in the Spreewald wetland in north-east Germany. Measurements of hourly recharge and daily evapotranspiration rates were used to assess the different approaches. Our results showed that a maximum of 50% of the day to day variance of the daily evapotranspiration rates could be explained by the approaches based on groundwater fluctuations. Simple and more complex methods performed similarly. For some of the approaches, there were indications that erroneous assumptions compensated each other (e.g., when overestimated recharge counteracted underestimated storage change). We found that the usage of longer time spans resulted in improved estimates of the daily recharge rates and that the estimates were further enhanced by including two night averages. When derived from fitting estimates of recharge or evapotranspiration with according measurements the specific yield, needed to convert changes in water level to water volumes, differed considerably among the methods (from 0.022 to 0.064). Thus, the specific yield can be seen as "correction factor" that compensates for inadequate process descriptions.

  1. Characterization of the level fluctuations in a physical model of the steel continuous casting mold through image processing

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    J.R. Miranda-Tello

    2012-01-01

    configuration resembles a perfect control of the liquid level inside the water model. A high-speed video camera was used to get several video clips of the movement of the water level profile. Several techniques were tested in order to obtain the best lighting conditions for recording the water movement. The edge-detection technique of Sobel was used to determine the profile of the liquid level in each one of the images recorded. The analysis of the dynamic behavior of the water profile showed that the fluctuations of the liquid level inside the mold have a complex structure, which is repeated over large time periods.

  2. Two-Dimensional Analysis of Air-Water Interface on Superhydrophobic Grooves under Fluctuating Water Pressure.

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    Piao, Linfeng; Park, Hyungmin

    2015-07-28

    We theoretically investigate the collapse (i.e., wetting) transition of the air-water interface on fully submerged superhydrophobic surfaces with micro-sized grooves under the fluctuating water pressure and the diffusion of the trapped air pockets. For the analysis, a nonlinear oscillator equation to describe the dynamics of the two-dimensional air-water interface on a single groove is derived, which is solved for a range of parameters of groove geometry and harmonically fluctuating water pressure. The results show that the pressure fluctuation across the interface encourages the early collapse of a plastron before reaching the critical hydrostatic pressure (i.e., maximum immersion depth) predetermined by the geometry. The dependence of plastron longevity on the surface geometry is found such that the plastron on a narrow groove (??5 ?m) (collapses mostly due to gas diffusion) lasts days while the ones on wider grooves (>?35-45 ?m, for example), more susceptible to the oscillating pressure, last a much shorter duration. The interplay between the air compression due to water impalement and the change of the volume of impaled water due to gas diffusion determines the response of plastron to fluctuating water pressure, which is analyzed in detail through the introduction of nondimensional parameters, and the critical groove width (most vulnerable to the external perturbations) is explained further. Finally, as a countermeasure to the fluctuating water pressure, it is suggested that the enhanced advancing contact angle of the groove sidewall (e.g., hierarchical structure) mitigates the negative effects. PMID:26135133

  3. Self-affinity and surface-area-dependent fluctuations of lake-level time series

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    Williams, Zachary C.; Pelletier, Jon D.

    2015-09-01

    We performed power-spectral analyses on 133 globally distributed lake-level time series after removing annual variability. Lake-level power spectra are found to be power-law functions of frequency over the range of 20 d-1 to 27 yr-1, suggesting that lake levels are globally a f-?-type noise. The spectral exponent (?), i.e., the best-fit slope of the logarithm of the power spectrum to the logarithm of frequency, is a nonlinear function of lake surface area, indicating that lake size is an important control on the magnitude of water-level variability over the range of time scales we considered. A simple cellular model for lake-level fluctuations that reproduces the observed spectral-scaling properties is presented. The model (an adaptation of a surface-growth model with random deposition and relaxation) is based on the equations governing flow in an unconfined aquifer with stochastic inputs and outputs of water (e.g., random storms). The agreement between observation and simulation suggests that lake surface area, spatiotemporal stochastic forcing, and diffusion of the groundwater table are the primary factors controlling lake water-level variability in natural (unmanaged) lakes. Water-level variability is generally considered to be a manifestation of climate trends or climate change, yet our work shows that an input with short or no memory (i.e., weather) gives rise to a long-memory nonstationary output (lake water-level). This work forms the basis for a null hypothesis of lake water-level variability that should be disproven before water-level trends are to be attributed to climate.

  4. A Mathematical View of Water Table Fluctuations in a Shallow Aquifer in Brazil.

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    Neto, Dagmar C; Chang, Hung K; van Genuchten, Martinus Th

    2016-01-01

    Detailed monitoring of the groundwater table can provide important data about both short- and long-term aquifer processes, including information useful for estimating recharge and facilitating groundwater modeling and remediation efforts. In this paper, we presents results of 4?years (2002 to 2005) of monitoring groundwater water levels in the Rio Claro Aquifer using observation wells drilled at the Rio Claro campus of São Paulo State University in Brazil. The data were used to follow natural periodic fluctuations in the water table, specifically those resulting from earth tides and seasonal recharge cycles. Statistical analyses included methods of time-series analysis using Fourier analysis, cross-correlation, and R/S analysis. Relationships could be established between rainfall and well recovery, as well as the persistence and degree of autocorrelation of the water table variations. We further used numerical solutions of the Richards equation to obtain estimates of the recharge rate and seasonable groundwater fluctuations. Seasonable soil moisture transit times through the vadose zone obtained with the numerical solution were very close to those obtained with the cross-correlation analysis. We also employed a little-used deep drainage boundary condition to obtain estimates of seasonable water table fluctuations, which were found to be consistent with observed transient groundwater levels during the period of study. PMID:25818697

  5. Reactor water level measuring device

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    The device of the present invention contributes to an improvement of maintenance and economics by decreasing the number and the kinds of water level transmitters disposed in a plant site. That is, a plurality of reactor water level monitors disposed in the plant site and a reactor water level monitor disposed in a central operation chamber are connected by a light transmission line. A plant operation state is judged by the monitor in the central operation chamber, and appropriate measuring range switching signals are sent to the water level detectors in the plant site depending on the conditions. Further, water level signals sent from the water level detectors are received in the central operation chamber and a circuit corresponding to the measuring range switching signals is selected, and the reactor water level is displayed by a recorder. Further, if requirement for the measuring range and calibration data of the water level detectors is sent to the water level detectors in the plant site by a selection switch of the monitor in the central operation chamber, the range is recognized and the calibration data are checked, and the results are inputted to a recording circuit of the monitor. (I.S.)

  6. Fluctuation properties of nuclear energy levels and widths: comparison of theory with experiment

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    We analyze the fluctuation properties of nuclear energy levels and widths with new spectrally averaged measures. A remarkably close agreement between the predictions of random-matrix theories and experiment is found

  7. Fluctuations in sedation levels may contribute to delirium in ICU patients

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    Svenningsen, H; Egerod, Ingrid Eugenie; Videbech, P; Christensen, D; Frydenberg, M; Tønnesen, Else Kirstine

    2013-01-01

    Delirium in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) is a serious complication potentially increasing morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of fluctuating sedation levels on the incidence of delirium in ICU.......Delirium in patients admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) is a serious complication potentially increasing morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of fluctuating sedation levels on the incidence of delirium in ICU....

  8. Biodegradation of Toluene Under Seasonal and Diurnal Fluctuations of Soil-Water Temperature.

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    Yadav, Brijesh K

    2012-05-12

    An increasing interest in bioremediation of hydrocarbon polluted sites raises the question of the influence of seasonal and diurnal changes on soil-water temperature on biodegradation of BTEX, a widespread group of (sub)-surface contaminants. Therefore, we investigated the impact of a wide range of varying soil-water temperature on biodegradation of toluene under aerobic conditions. To see the seasonal impact of temperature, three sets of batch experiments were conducted at three different constant temperatures: 10°C, 21°C, and 30°C. These conditions were considered to represent (1) winter, (2) spring and/or autumn, and (3) summer seasons, respectively, at many polluted sites. Three additional sets of batch experiments were performed under fluctuating soil-water temperature cases (21<>10°C, 30<>21°C, and 10<>30°C) to mimic the day-night temperature patterns expected during the year. The batches were put at two different temperatures alternatively to represent the day (high-temperature) and night (low-temperature) times. The results of constant- and fluctuating-temperature experiments show that toluene degradation is strongly dependent on soil-water temperature level. An almost two-fold increase in toluene degradation time was observed for every 10°C decrease in temperature for constant-temperature cases. Under fluctuating-temperature conditions, toluene degraders were able to overcome the temperature stress and continued thriving during all considered weather scenarios. However, a slightly longer time was taken compared to the corresponding time at daily mean temperature conditions. The findings of this study are directly useful for bioremediation of hydrocarbon-polluted sites having significant diurnal and seasonal variations of soil-water temperature.

  9. Interacting two-level defects as sources of fluctuating high-frequency noise in superconducting circuits

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    Müller, Clemens; Lisenfeld, Jürgen; Shnirman, Alexander; Poletto, Stefano

    2015-07-01

    Since the very first experiments, superconducting circuits have suffered from strong coupling to environmental noise, destroying quantum coherence and degrading performance. In state-of-the-art experiments, it is found that the relaxation time of superconducting qubits fluctuates as a function of time. We present measurements of such fluctuations in a 3D-transmon circuit and develop a qualitative model based on interactions within a bath of background two-level systems (TLS) which emerge from defects in the device material. In our model, the time-dependent noise density acting on the qubit emerges from its near-resonant coupling to high-frequency TLS which experience energy fluctuations due to their interaction with thermally fluctuating TLS at low frequencies. We support the model by providing experimental evidence of such energy fluctuations observed in a single TLS in a phase qubit circuit.

  10. Temporal scaling of groundwater level fluctuations near a stream.

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    Schilling, Keith E; Zhang, You-Kuan

    2012-01-01

    Temporal scaling in stream discharge and hydraulic heads in riparian wells was evaluated to determine the feasibility of using spectral analysis to identify potential surface and groundwater interaction. In floodplains where groundwater levels respond rapidly to precipitation recharge, potential interaction is established if the hydraulic head (h) spectrum of riparian groundwater has a power spectral density similar to stream discharge (Q), exhibiting a characteristic breakpoint between high and low frequencies. At a field site in Walnut Creek watershed in central Iowa, spectral analysis of h in wells located 1 m from the channel edge showed a breakpoint in scaling very similar to the spectrum of Q (?20 h), whereas h in wells located 20 and 40 m from the channel showed temporal scaling from 1 to 10,000 h without a well-defined breakpoint. The spectral exponent (?) in the riparian zone decreased systematically from the channel into the floodplain as groundwater levels were increasingly dominated by white noise groundwater recharge. The scaling pattern of hydraulic head was not affected by land cover type, although the number of analyses was limited and site conditions were variable among sites. Spectral analysis would not replace quantitative tracer or modeling studies, but the method may provide a simple means of confirming potential interaction at some sites. PMID:21352211

  11. The roles of shear and cross-correlations on the fluctuation levels in simple stochastic models

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    Highly simplified models of random flows interacting with background microturbulence are analyzed. In the limit of very rapid velocity fluctuations, it is shown rigorously that the fluctuation level of a passively advected scalar is not controlled by the rms shear. In a model with random velocities dependent only on time, the level of cross-correlations between the flows and the background turbulence regulates the saturation level. This effect is illustrated by considering a simple stochastic-oscillator model, both exactly and with analysis and numerical solutions of the direct-interaction approximation. Implications for the understanding of self-consistent turbulence are discussed briefly. (c) 2000 American Institute of Physics

  12. Fluctuation of the Water Environmental Carrying Capacity in a Huge River-Connected Lake

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    2015-03-01

    Full Text Available A new method, with the non-fully mixed coefficient (NFMC considered, was put forward to calculate the water environmental carrying capacity (WECC for huge river-connected lakes, of which the hydrological conditions always vary widely during a year. Poyang Lake, the most typical river-connected lake and the largest freshwater lake in China, was selected as the research area. Based on field investigations and numerical simulation, the monthly pollutant degradation coefficients and non-fully mixed coefficients of different lake regions were determined to explore the WECCs of COD, TN and TP of Poyang Lake in a common water year. It was found that under the hydrological conditions of a common water year the total WECCs of COD, TN and TP in the lake were respectively 181.9 × 104 t, 33.3 × 104 t and 1.86 × 104 t. Due to the varied lake water volume and self-purification ability, an evident temporal fluctuation of WECCs in Poyang Lake was observed. The dry seasons were characterized by a higher NFMCs but lower WECCs owing to the lower water level and degradation ability. Variation coefficients of COD and TN WECC were close to each other, of which the average level was about 58.5%, a little higher than that of TP.

  13. Periodic fluctuations in deep water formation due to sea ice

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    Saha, Raj

    2015-01-01

    During the last ice age several quasi-periodic abrupt warming events took place. Known as Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events their effects were felt globally, although the North Atlantic experienced the largest temperature anomalies. Paleoclimate data shows that the fluctuations often occurred right after massive glacial meltwater releases in the North Atlantic and in bursts of three or four with progressively decreasing strengths. In this study a simple dynamical model of an ov...

  14. Reactor water level control method

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    In a BWR type reactor, when an electronic motor driven feed water pump is tripped upon start-up and shutdown of the plant, the tripping is detected and a cooling water pump is operated to charge condensates in a condensate storage tank into a reactor pressure vessel to suppress the lowering of the water level. As a result, not-cleaned suppression pool water is not charged, thereby enabling to prevent contamination of the reactor pressure vessel upon reactor scram. (N.H.)

  15. THE EFFECTS OF WATER TEMPERATURE REGIME FLUCTUATIONS ON THE EMBRYONIC DEVELOPMENT OF SILVER CARP (HYPOPHTHALMICHTHYS MOLITRIX

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    Full Text Available Purpose. To determine the effect of temperature regime fluctuations on the development of silver carp embryos, as well as the activity of enzymatic reactions in fish eggs. Methodology. The studies were conducted at the experimental station of the Institute of Hydrobiology of Bila Tserkov, Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences, from June to July. The biological materials were silver carp eggs, embryos and larvae. The dissolved oxygen content was determined using the Winkler method at four o’clock in the morning. Alkalinity phosphatase and LDG activity were determined using a set of reagents «Alkalinity phosphatase» and «LDG» (Phyllis diagnosis, Ukraine. SDH activity was determined by Vexy. The activity of Na, K-Mg-dependent-activated ATPase was determined as growth of inorganic phosphorus in the incubation medium by Kindratova M.N. et al. Protease activity was determined using immune enzymatic method of Tyurina et al. The obtained results were processed statistically in Statistica 5.5, Epaprobit analysis was used for calculating LC/EC values (Version 1.5. Findings The results showed that a delay of embryonic stages of development occur, the number of abnormal embryos increases, and the reproduction efficiency of fish reduces with an increase in water temperature and decrease in the dissolved oxygen content in water. The temperature factor had a significant effect on the activity of key enzymes, in particular the energetic metabolism changed from aerobic to anaerobic. Originality. It was found a negative effect of abiotic factors of water medium and drastic fluctuations in water temperature and gas regime of water bodies on the course of embryogenesis of silver carp that is especially important in the conditions of climate change. Practical value. The obtained results showed that the level of optimum and unfavorable environmental factors during the change of embryonic stages in embryonic and larval fish can be established based on the activity of lactate dehydrogenase, succinate dehydrogenase, ATPase and protease.

  16. Water table fluctuations and soil biogeochemistry: An experimental approach using an automated soil column system

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    Rezanezhad, F.; Couture, R.-M.; Kovac, R.; O'Connell, D.; Van Cappellen, P.

    2014-02-01

    Water table fluctuations significantly affect the biological and geochemical functioning of soils. Here, we introduce an automated soil column system in which the water table regime is imposed using a computer-controlled, multi-channel pump connected to a hydrostatic equilibrium reservoir and a water storage reservoir. The potential of this new system is illustrated by comparing results from two columns filled with 45 cm of the same homogenized riparian soil. In one soil column the water table remained constant at -20 cm below the soil surface, while in the other the water table oscillated between the soil surface and the bottom of the column, at a rate of 4.8 cm d-1. The experiment ran for 75 days at room temperature (25 ± 2 °C). Micro-sensors installed at -10 and -30 cm below the soil surface in the stable water table column recorded constant redox potentials on the order of 600 and -200 mV, respectively. In the fluctuating water table column, redox potentials at the same depths oscillated between oxidizing (?700 mV) and reducing (?-100 mV) conditions. Pore waters collected periodically and solid-phase analyses on core material obtained at the end of the experiment highlighted striking geochemical differences between the two columns, especially in the time series and depth distributions of Fe, Mn, K, P and S. Soil CO2 emissions derived from headspace gas analysis exhibited periodic variations in the fluctuating water table column, with peak values during water table drawdown. Transient redox conditions caused by the water table fluctuations enhanced microbial oxidation of soil organic matter, resulting in a pronounced depletion of particulate organic carbon in the midsection of the fluctuating water table column. Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE) revealed the onset of differentiation of the bacterial communities in the upper (oxidizing) and lower (reducing) soil sections, although no systematic differences in microbial community structure between the stable and fluctuating water table columns were detected.

  17. Calculation and analysis of thermal–hydraulics fluctuations in pressurized water reactors

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    Highlights: • Single-phase thermal–hydraulics noise equations are originally derived in the frequency domain. • The fluctuations of all the coolant parameters are calculated, without any simplifying assumptions. • The radial distribution of the temperature fluctuations in the fuel, gap and cladding are taken into account. • The closed-loop calculations are performed by means of the point kinetics noise theory. • Both the space- and frequency-dependence of the thermal–hydraulics fluctuations are analyzed. - Abstract: Analysis of thermal–hydraulics fluctuations in pressurized water reactors (e.g., local and global temperature or density fluctuations, as well as primary and charging pumps fluctuations) has various applications in calculation or measurement of the core dynamical parameters (temperature or density reactivity coefficients) in addition to thermal–hydraulics surveillance and diagnostics. In this paper, the thermal–hydraulics fluctuations in PWRs are investigated. At first, the single-phase thermal–hydraulics noise equations (in the frequency domain) are originally derived, without any simplifying assumptions. The fluctuations of all the coolant parameters, as well as the radial distribution of the temperature fluctuations in the fuel, gap and cladding are taken into account. Then, the derived governing equations are discretized using the finite volume method (FVM). Based on the discretized equations and the proposed algorithm of solving, a single heated channel noise calculation code (SHC-Noise) is developed, by which the steady-state and fluctuating parameters of PWR fuel assemblies can be calculated. The noise sources include the inlet coolant temperature and velocity fluctuations, in addition to the power density noises. The developed SHC-Noise code is benchmarked in different cases and scenarios. Furthermore, to show the effects of the power feedbacks, the closed-loop calculations are performed by means of the point kinetics noise theory. Both the space- and frequency-dependence of the temperature fluctuations are analyzed in this work

  18. Diurnal temperature fluctuations in an artificial small shallow water body

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    Jacobs, A. F. G.; Heusinkveld, B.G.; Kraai, S.; Paaijmans, K. P.

    2008-01-01

    For aquatic biological processes, diurnal and annual cycles of water temperature are very important to plants as well as to animals and microbes living in the water. An existing one-dimensional model has been extended to simulate the temperature profile within a small water body. A year-round outdoor experiment has been conducted to estimate the model input parameters and to verify the model. Both model simulations and measurements show a strong temperature stratification in the water during ...

  19. Characterization of the level fluctuations in a physical model of the steel continuous casting mold through image processing

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    J.R., Miranda-Tello; F., Sánchez-Rangel; C.A., Real-Ramírez; G., Khatchatourov; J.A., Aragón-Lezama; L.F., Hoyos-Reyes; E.A., Andrade-González; J.I., González-Trejo.

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available In this work is characterized the periodic behavior of the liquid level inside a scaled cold-model of the mold section of a steel continuous casting machine, which uses water as working fluid. The models are designed in order to simulate the dynamic forces acting on the molten steel inside a mold of [...] continuous casting. The force magnitude can induce choppy flow, waves and vortex formation in the mold. The experimental model uses a closed-loop hydraulic configuration. In the mold, the inlet and the outlet water flow rates are the same. This configuration resembles a perfect control of the liquid level inside the water model. A high-speed video camera was used to get several video clips of the movement of the water level profile. Several techniques were tested in order to obtain the best lighting conditions for recording the water movement. The edge-detection technique of Sobel was used to determine the profile of the liquid level in each one of the images recorded. The analysis of the dynamic behavior of the water profile showed that the fluctuations of the liquid level inside the mold have a complex structure, which is repeated over large time periods.

  20. Model of m-level low-frequency current fluctuations in metal thermionic cathodes

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    Ghots, S. S.; Bakhtizin, R. Z.

    2003-06-01

    A new model of low-frequency fluctuations, based on the thermionic current model [Mathematical Handbook for Scientists and Engineers, New York, 1961; Introduction to Statistical Radio-Physic. Part 1: Random Processes, Moscow, 1976 (in Russian)], has been designed. The proposed model provides calculation of realization, auto-correlation function (ACF) and power spectral density (PSD) of an m-level quantum signal. This model has allowed to explain the reason of very small magnitude of low-frequency (LF) boundary (10 -4 to 10 -2 Hz) on experimental spectra of LF current fluctuations in a metal thermionic cathodes.

  1. Periodic fluctuations in deep water formation due to sea ice

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    Saha, Raj

    2015-01-01

    During the last ice age several quasi-periodic abrupt warming events took place. Known as Dansgaard-Oeschger (DO) events their effects were felt globally, although the North Atlantic experienced the largest temperature anomalies. Paleoclimate data shows that the fluctuations often occurred right after massive glacial meltwater releases in the North Atlantic and in bursts of three or four with progressively decreasing strengths. In this study a simple dynamical model of an overturning circulation and sea ice is developed with the goal of understanding the fundamental mechanisms that could have caused the DO events. Interaction between sea ice and the overturning circulation in the model produces self-sustained oscillations. Analysis and numerical experiments reveal that the insulating effect of sea ice causes the ocean to periodically vent out accumulated heat in the deep ocean into the atmosphere. Subjecting the model to idealized freshwater forcing mimicking Heinrich events causes modulation of the natural p...

  2. Coupling Between Periodic Fluctuations in Stream Water Temperature and Groundwater Elevation, Central New Mexico

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    Jakubowski, R. T.; Bowman, R. S.

    2005-12-01

    Diurnal (24-hour) fluctuations in groundwater levels are often observed in riparian areas. They are generally attributed to periodic changes in barometric pressure, evapotranspirative demand, and recharge events. For losing streams located along semi-arid riparian corridors infiltration of surface water and advection of heat can strongly influence the subsurface hydrogeology. In fact, hourly head and temperature measurements in wells adjacent to the Rio Grande, New Mexico, have revealed diurnal groundwater fluctuations that correlate with diurnal changes in river temperature. We hypothesize that a periodic change in the streambed hydraulic conductivity modulated by variations in temperature may produce a transient flux (pressure wave) into the underlying shallow aquifer. The presence of a streambed restricting layer, diurnal changes in river temperature, limited riparian vegetation, and patterns in head during no-flow conditions in the Rio Grande support a scenario in which variable groundwater recharge from the river contributes to the diurnal head change in the aquifer. We model coupled heat and mass transport to evaluate the potential significance of the hypothesized hydrodynamic interactions.

  3. Changes in climate, catchment vegetation and hydrogeology as the causes of dramatic lake-level fluctuations in the Kurtna Lake District, NE Estonia

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    Marko Vainu; Jaanus Terasmaa

    2014-01-01

    Numerous lakes in the world serve as sensitive indicators of climate change. Water levels for lakes Ahnejärv and Martiska, two vulnerable oligotrophic closed-basin lakes on sandy plains in northeastern Estonia, fell more than 3 m in 1946–1987 and rose up to 2 m by 2009. Earlier studies indicated that changes in rates of groundwater abstraction were primarily responsible for the changes, but scientifically sound explanations for water-level fluctuations were still lacking. Despite the inconsis...

  4. Reactor water level measuring device

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    A condensation vessel is connected to the upper portion of a reactor pressure vessel by way of a pipeline. The lower portion of the condensation vessel is connected to a low pressure side of a differential pressure transmission device by way of a reference leg pipeline. The high pressure side of the differential pressure transmission device is connected to the lower portion of the pressure vessel by way of a pipeline. The condensation vessel is equipped with a temperature sensor. When a temperature of a gas phase portion in the condensation vessel is lowered below a predetermined level, and incondensible gases in the condensation vessel starts to be dissolved in water, signals are sent from the temperature sensor to a control device and a control valve is opened. With such a constitution, CRD driving water flows into the condensation vessel, and water in which gases at the upper portion of the condensation vessel is dissolved flows into the pressure vessel by way of a pipeline. Then, gases dissolved in a reference water column in the reference leg pipeline are eliminated and the value of a reference water pressure does not change even upon abrupt lowering of pressure. (I.N.)

  5. Effect of frequency of free level fluctuations and hold time on the thermal ratcheting behavior

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    Investigation of cyclic strain accumulation behavior of a thin cylindrical shell (SS 316L) due to thermal ratcheting, in the framework of time independent (Model-1) and dependent formulations (Model-2) is carried out. The effect of frequency of free level fluctuations by varying cycle time (CT) is compared for Model-1 and Model-2. Contribution of strain due to high frequency and low frequency level fluctuations is quantified. Further, the contribution of ratcheting strain with hold time is evaluated to highlight the effect of free level hold on radial deformation of the cylinder. Improvement in predicting ratcheting strain is observed using semi-implicit plasticity integration method. Implicit plastic increment formulation is derived using Newton's method. Validation of code for Model-1 is done by comparing the results with the existing experimental results. Strain controlled cyclic characteristics and uniaxial monotonic loading at different strain rate is analyzed to validate the code for Model-2. - Highlights: • Time independent and dependent ratcheting behavior model is compared. • The relative contribution of viscoplasticity in ratcheting strain is highlighted. • The effect of frequency of free level fluctuations in ratcheting strain is compared. • Implicit plastic integration formulation using Newton's method is discussed. • Contribution of thermal ratcheting strain with hold time is predicted

  6. Changes in climate, catchment vegetation and hydrogeology as the causes of dramatic lake-level fluctuations in the Kurtna Lake District, NE Estonia

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    Marko Vainu

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Numerous lakes in the world serve as sensitive indicators of climate change. Water levels for lakes Ahnejärv and Martiska, two vulnerable oligotrophic closed-basin lakes on sandy plains in northeastern Estonia, fell more than 3 m in 1946–1987 and rose up to 2 m by 2009. Earlier studies indicated that changes in rates of groundwater abstraction were primarily responsible for the changes, but scientifically sound explanations for water-level fluctuations were still lacking. Despite the inconsistent water-level dataset, we were able to assess the importance of changing climate, catchment vegetation and hydrogeology in water-level fluctuations in these lakes. Our results from water-balance simulations indicate that before the initiation of ground­water abstraction in 1972 a change in the vegetation composition on the catchments triggered the lake-level decrease. The water-level rise in 1990–2009 was caused, in addition to the reduction of groundwater abstraction rates, by increased precipitation and decreased evaporation. The results stress that climate, catchment vegetation and hydrogeology must all be considered while evaluating the causes of modern water-level changes in lakes.

  7. Water Table Fluctuation in Tidal Lowland for Developing Agricultural Water Management Strategies

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    Momon Sodik Imanudin

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The research objective is to evaluate the water status in the tertiary block of tidal lowland for developing water management strategies and cropping pattern for food crop agriculture. The research was conducted in tidal lowland reclamation areas of Delta Saleh South Sumatera. The methodology used in this research was survey and monitoring. The result showed that the study area has a potential of acid sulphate soil which is indicated by phyrite layer at 60 cm below the soil surface. Variation of water table was very high in the range of 0-2 cm at rainy season and it was drop up to 90 to 100 cm below soil surface at dry season. This conditions result in the soil oxidation and the pH drop up to 2.5-3.5 (very acid. Analysis of water surplus and deficit during one year period was calculated by surplus excess water under 30 cm (SEW-30 and showed that the area study was experienced water deficit. Analysis of groundwater effect on soil moisture content showed that the critical water level was in 60 cm below soil surface. The soil moisture content at this point in the root zone was dropped into the wilting point level. It means that the water availability for crop water requirement is inadequate. For sustainable agriculture in the area study, the water table should be maintained in 50-60 cm below soil surface. Therefore, the recommendation of water management strategies in the study area is water retention in combination with control drainage system.

  8. Early Pleistocene sea level and millennial-scale climate fluctuations: a view from the tropical Pacific

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    Alix Jakob, Kim; Friedrich, Oliver; Pross, Jörg

    2015-04-01

    This project aims at deciphering the rate of sea level variability and its effect on millennial-scale climate fluctuations during the final phase of the intensification of northern hemisphere glaciation (NHG). Millennial-scale climate fluctuations appear to have changed significantly at glacial-interglacial time scales during the late Pliocene and Pleistocene. Thereby, millennial-scale climate fluctuations under a warmer climate during late Pliocene and early Pleistocene show markedly lower ampitudes compared to the fluctuations of the late Pleistocene. Numerous Pleistocene proxy records (e.g. McManus et al., 1999) suggest that this difference can be explained by an ice-volume/sea-level threshold that amplifies millennial-scale climate fluctuations and was not reached prior to the Mid-Pleistocene Transition (MPT). However, new records question the existence of this threshold (Bolton et al., 2010) and indicate that either the amplification of millennial-scale climate fluctuations before the MPT required a higher ice-volume threshold than in the late Pleistocene, that ice-volume had no significant effect on the amplitude of climate fluctuations, and/or the available sea level estimates for the early Pleistocene are inaccurate. For identifying the mechanisms underlying the dynamics of early Pleistocene ice sheets, material from the tropical Pacific Ocean (ODP Site 849) is studied over a time interval from 2.6 to 2.4 Ma (marine isotope stages 104 to 96). In summary, the main deliverables are (1) the establishment of a precise ?18O chemostratigraphy using the benthic foraminifera Cibicidoides wuellerstorfi by tuning the ?18O dataset to the LR04 benthic isotope stack (Lisiecki & Raymo, 2005), and (2) providing high-resolution (˜700 years) Mg/Ca and ?18O datasets using the benthic foraminifera Oridorsalis umbonatus and the planktonic foraminifera Globigerinoides ruber. This combined geochemical approach will be used to address the following research questions: (1) Quantification of sea level change from 2.6 to 2.4 Ma; (2) Critically assess the hypothesis of an ice-volume threshold for millennial-scale climate amplification during the early Pleistocene (and if it exists, what its value was); (3) Detailed comparison with late Pleistocene glacials; (4) Model-data comparison to assess the fidelity of model-based sea level estimates; and (5) reconstruction of sea surface temperature fluctuations of the tropical Pacific. References Bolton, C.T., Wilson, P.A., Bailey, I., Friedrich, O., Beer, C.J., Becker, J., Baranwal, S., Schiebel, R. (2010): Millennial-scale climate variability in the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean during the late Pliocene. Paleoceanography 25, doi:10.1029/2010PA001951. Lisiecki, L.E. & Raymo, M.E. (2005): A Pliocene-Pleistocene stack of 57 globally distributed benthic ?18O records. Paleoceanography 20, doi:10.1029/2004PA 001071. McManus, J., Oppo, D.W., Cullen, J.L. (1999): A 0.5-Million-Year Record of Millenial-Scale Climate Variability in the North Atlantic. Science 283, 971-975.

  9. Water-table fluctuations in the Amargosa Desert, Nye County, Nevada

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    Paces, James B.; Whelan, Joseph

    2001-04-29

    Pleistocene ground-water discharge deposits approximately 20 km southwest of Yucca Mountain were previously thought to represent pluvial water-table rises of 80 to 120 m. Data from new boreholes at two of the three discharge sites indicate that the modern water-table is at depths of only 17 to 30 m and that this shallow water is part of the regional ground-water flow system rather than being perched. Calcite in equilibrium with this modern ground water would have isotopic compositions similar to those in Pleistocene calcite associated with the discharge deposits. Carbon and uranium isotopes in both ground water and discharge deposits imply that past discharge consisted of a mixture of both shallow and deep ground water. These data limit Pleistocene water-table fluctuations at the specified Amargosa Desert discharge sites to between 17 and 30 m and eliminate the need to invoke large water-table rises.

  10. Water-table fluctuations in the Amargosa Desert, Nye County, Nevada

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    Pleistocene ground-water discharge deposits approximately 20 km southwest of Yucca Mountain were previously thought to represent pluvial water-table rises of 80 to 120 m. Data from new boreholes at two of the three discharge sites indicate that the modern water-table is at depths of only 17 to 30 m and that this shallow water is part of the regional ground-water flow system rather than being perched. Calcite in equilibrium with this modern ground water would have isotopic compositions similar to those in Pleistocene calcite associated with the discharge deposits. Carbon and uranium isotopes in both ground water and discharge deposits imply that past discharge consisted of a mixture of both shallow and deep ground water. These data limit Pleistocene water-table fluctuations at the specified Amargosa Desert discharge sites to between 17 and 30 m and eliminate the need to invoke large water-table rises

  11. Time-Reversal Symmetry and Universal Conductance Fluctuations in a Driven Two-Level System

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    Gustavsson, Simon; Oliver, William D

    2012-01-01

    In the presence of time-reversal symmetry, quantum interference gives strong corrections to the electric conductivity of disordered systems. The self-interference of an electron wavefunction traveling time-reversed paths leads to effects such as weak localization and universal conductance fluctuations. Here, we investigate the effects of broken time-reversal symmetry in a driven artificial two-level system. Using a superconducting flux qubit, we implement scattering events as multiple Landau-Zener transitions by driving the qubit periodically back and forth through an avoided crossing. Interference between different qubit trajectories give rise to a speckle pattern in the qubit transition rate, similar to the interference patterns created when coherent light is scattered off a disordered potential. Since the scattering events are imposed by the driving protocol, we can control the time-reversal symmetry of the system by making the drive waveform symmetric or asymmetric in time. We find that the fluctuations o...

  12. Effects of Sea Level Fluctuations on Groundwater Quality along the Kenyan Coast.

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    Mailu, G.M.; Muturi, H.R.

    1991-01-01

    The effects of sea level fluctuations on groundwater quality along the Kenyan coast have been studied with particular reference to the south coast. The study area lies between Mombasa Island to the north and Kenya-Tanzania border to the south. The western extent of the area from the Indian Ocean is marked by the area underlain by Maji-ya-Chumvi Beds. It is bounded by latitudes 4~’00' and 4~’45' south and longitudes 39~’00' and 39~’45 east. The area has experienced a number of sea level fluctu...

  13. Piston slap induced pressure fluctuation in the water coolant passage of an internal combustion engine

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    Ohta, Kazuhide; Wang, Xiaoyu; Saeki, Atsushi

    2016-02-01

    Liner cavitation is caused by water pressure fluctuation in the water coolant passage (WCP). When the negative pressure falls below the saturated vapor pressure, the impulsive pressure following the implosion of cavitation bubbles causes cavitation erosion of the wet cylinder liner surface. The present work establishes a numerical model for structural-acoustic coupling between the crankcase and the acoustic field in the WCP considering their dynamic characteristics. The coupling effect is evaluated through mutual interaction terms that are calculated from the mode shapes of the acoustic field and of the crankcase vibration on the boundary. Water pressure fluctuations in the WCP under the action of piston slap forces are predicted and the contributions of the uncoupled mode shapes of the crankcase and the acoustic field to the pressure waveform are analyzed. The influence of sound speed variations on the water pressure response is discussed, as well as the pressure on the thrust sides of the four cylinders.

  14. Structural Fluctuation of Protein in Water around Its Native State: A New Statistical Mechanics Formulation

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    Kim, Bongsoo; Hirata, Fumio

    2012-01-01

    A new statistical mechanics formulation of characterizing the structural fluctuation of protein correlated with that of water is presented based on the generalized Langevin equation and the 3D-RISM/RISM theory of molecular liquids. The displacement vector of atom positions and their conjugated momentum, are chosen for the dynamic variables for protein, while the density fields of atoms and their momentum fields are chosen for water. Projection of other degrees of freedom onto those dynamic va...

  15. Fluctuations in Species-Level Protein Expression Occur during Element and Nutrient Cycling in the Subsurface

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    Wilkins, Michael J.; Wrighton, Kelly C.; Nicora, Carrie D.; Williams, Kenneth H.; McCue, Lee Ann; Handley, Kim M.; Miller, C. S.; Giloteaux, L.; Montgomery, A. P.; Lovley, Derek R.; Banfield, Jillian F.; Long, Philip E.; Lipton, Mary S.

    2013-03-05

    While microbial activities in environmental systems play a key role in the utilization and cycling of essential elements and compounds, microbial activity and growth frequently fluctuates in response to environmental stimuli and perturbations. To investigate these fluctuations within a saturated aquifer system, we monitored a carbon-stimulated in situ Geobacter population while iron reduction was occurring, using 16S rRNA abundances and high-resolution tandem mass spectrometry proteome measurements. Following carbon amendment, 16S rRNA analysis of temporally separated samples revealed the rapid enrichment of Geobacter-like environmental strains with strong similarity to G. bemidjiensis. Tandem mass spectrometry proteomics measurements suggest high carbon flux through Geobacter respiratory pathways, and the synthesis of anapleurotic four carbon compounds from acetyl-CoA via pyruvate ferredoxin oxidoreductase activity. Across a 40-day period where Fe(III) reduction was occurring, fluctuations in protein expression reflected changes in anabolic versus catabolic reactions, with increased levels of biosynthesis occurring soon after acetate arrival in the aquifer. In addition, localized shifts in nutrient limitation were inferred based on expression of nitrogenase enzymes and phosphate uptake proteins. These temporal data offer the first example of differing microbial protein expression associated with changing geochemical conditions in a subsurface environment.

  16. A coupled neutronics/thermal–hydraulics tool for calculating fluctuations in Pressurized Water Reactors

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    Highlights: ► Numerical fluctuation calculations for a commercial PWR. ► Fluctuations in neutron flux, fuel and moderator temperature and coolant velocity. ► Coupled models for neutronics and thermal–hydraulics. ► Validated against FLUENT and RELAP5/PARCS. - Abstract: This paper describes a tool for estimating fluctuations in neutron flux, fuel temperature, moderator density and flow velocity in Pressurized Water Reactors by coupling a dynamic thermal–hydraulic module and a dynamic neutron kinetic module. The code calculates the static solution first, giving the profile of the static fuel temperature, moderator density, velocity and neutron flux. The fluctuations (called noise in this work) are the differences between the actual time-dependent values and the corresponding mean values. The fluctuations are in general induced by perturbations in the thermal–hydraulic parameters, e.g. moderator temperature or density, at the inlet of the core. There is also a possibility to directly define the perturbations in the macroscopic cross-sections and to supply them to the neutronic part of the model. The model was validated against two separate calculations using two different commercial tools.

  17. Relict faunal testimony for sea-level fluctuations off Myanmar (Burma)

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    Panchang, R.; Nigam, R.; Raviprasad, G.V.; Rajagopalan, G.; Ray; Hla, U Ko Yi

    of the Palaeonlological Society of India Volume, 53(2), December 2008: 185-195 ISSN 0522-9630 RELICT FAUNAL TESTIMONY FOR SEA-LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS OFF MYANMAR (BURMA) RAJANI PANCHANG a *, RAJIV NIGAM a , G V. RAVI PRASAD b , G. RAJAGOPALAN b , D. K. RAY b and U. KOYIHLA* a.... K. RAY AND U. KOYIHLA - Surface sediment sample * Samples with relict fauna @ Shoals/Islands/Rocks/Cliffs Fig. 1. Location map of the study area showing the sampling stations. Table 1 should be followed for precise depth of each station. Contours...

  18. Impact of a Fluctuating Water Table on Oxygen Transfer in the Capillary Fringe

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    Haberer, C. M.; Rolle, M.; Cirpka, O. A.; Grathwohl, P.

    2011-12-01

    Mass transfer processes across and within the transition region between the unsaturated and the saturated zone are important for the supply of volatile compounds from the atmosphere to groundwater. At steady state, transverse vertical dispersion is essential for mass transfer of volatile compounds across the capillary fringe. In case of rising water tables (i.e., imbibition), air becomes entrapped and volatile compounds partition between the aqueous and gaseous phases in order to reach local chemical equilibrium between the two. In particular, oxygen transfer across and within the capillary fringe is of primary relevance for many subsurface biogeochemical processes, since it largely determines the redox conditions and is used as electron acceptor in microbial respiration. Therefore, dynamic fluctuations in water table not only affect the hydraulic properties of porous media in the capillary fringe but also impact the quality of the underlying groundwater. In this study, a detailed investigation was carried out to improve understanding of oxygen transfer in a fluctuating capillary fringe. We conducted quasi two-dimensional flow-through experiments at the laboratory bench-scale to evaluate the effects of different boundary conditions on oxygen transfer. We considered single drainage and imbibition events as well as periodic fast and slow water table fluctuations. Oxygen transfer was quantified by measuring high-resolution vertical concentration profiles and effluent mass fluxes with a non-invasive optode technique. The results show that the partitioning between the aqueous and the gaseous phases plays a significant role in the supply of oxygen to groundwater at medium time scales. In case of fast water table fluctuations, the specific yield has to be considered. Moreover, a specific dynamic response of the system and, therefore, the amount of oxygen that is transferred to the oxygen-depleted groundwater are determined by the characteristics of the water table fluctuations, i.e., slow vs. fast periodic changes. In case of slow fluctuations, we observed that approximately twice as much oxygen was transferred into groundwater compared to the case of cyclic abrupt changes of the water table.

  19. Discrete-storm water-table fluctuation method to estimate episodic recharge.

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    Nimmo, John R.; Horowittz, Charles; Mitchell, Lara

    2015-01-01

    We have developed a method to identify and quantify recharge episodes, along with their associated infiltration-related inputs, by a consistent, systematic procedure. Our algorithm partitions a time series of water levels into discrete recharge episodes and intervals of no episodic recharge. It correlates each recharge episode with a specific interval of rainfall, so storm characteristics such as intensity and duration can be associated with the amount of recharge that results. To be useful in humid climates, the algorithm evaluates the separability of events, so that those whose recharge cannot be associated with a single storm can be appropriately lumped together. Elements of this method that are subject to subjectivity in the application of hydrologic judgment are values of lag time, fluctuation tolerance, and master recession parameters. Because these are determined once for a given site, they do not contribute subjective influences affecting episode-to-episode comparisons. By centralizing the elements requiring scientific judgment, our method facilitates such comparisons by keeping the most subjective elements openly apparent, making it easy to maintain consistency. If applied to a period of data long enough to include recharge episodes with broadly diverse characteristics, the method has value for predicting how climatic alterations in the distribution of storm intensities and seasonal duration may affect recharge.

  20. The National Water Level Observation Network

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The fundamental observational component of the National Water Level Program (NWLP) is the National Water Level Observation Network (NWLON). The NWLON is a network...

  1. Water level controlling device for nuclear reactor

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    Purpose: To suppress the abnormal increase in the water level in excess of a turbine trip level even for rapid changes in the reactor pressure by compensating the level in the reactor water considering the amount of gas bubbles generated therein to thereby suppress the water feed rate of a feedwater pump so as not to increase in excess of a required amount. Constitution: Water level variations are calculated by detecting the reactor pressure based on the correlation between the reactor pressure and the gas bubble amount in the reactor water to thereby compensate a water level signal from a level meter. The water level in the reactor is controlled using the compensated water level signal. (Aizawa, K.)

  2. Attenuation of concentration fluctuations of water vapor and other trace gases in turbulent tube flow

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    W. J. Massman

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available Recent studies with closed-path eddy covariance (EC systems have indicated that the attenuation of fluctuations of water vapor concentration is dependent upon ambient relative humidity, presumably due to sorption/desorption of water molecules at the interior surface of the tube. Previous studies of EC-related tube attenuation effects have either not considered this issue at all or have only examined it superficially. Nonetheless, the attenuation of water vapor fluctuations is clearly much greater than might be expected from a passive tracer in turbulent tube flow. This study reexamines the turbulent tube flow issue for both passive and sorbing tracers with the intent of developing a physically-based semi-empirical model that describes the attenuation associated with water vapor fluctuations. Toward this end, we develop a new model of tube flow dynamics (radial profiles of the turbulent diffusivity and tube airstream velocity. We compare our new passive-tracer formulation with previous formulations in a systematic and unified way in order to assess how sensitive the passive-tracer results depend on fundamental modeling assumptions. We extend the passive tracer model to the vapor sorption/desorption case by formulating the model's wall boundary condition in terms of a physically-based semi-empirical model of the sorption/desorption vapor fluxes. Finally we synthesize all modeling and observational results into a single analytical expression that captures the effects of the mean ambient humidity and tube flow (Reynolds number on tube attenuation.

  3. Effect of hysteresis on water flow in a sand column with a fluctuating capillary fringe

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    Lehmann, Peter; Stauffer, Fritz; Hinz, Christoph; Dury, Olivier; Flühler, Hannes

    1998-09-01

    The transport of water and solutes from the topsoil to groundwater is sensitive to the mixing regime near and within the capillary fringe. The capillary fringe is the transition zone between the saturated and unsaturated regions of the vadose zone. This study was conducted to describe variations of water content and matric potential in the presence of a capillary fringe. We used a sand column with a fluctuating water table to explore the dynamics of the phase distributions. A column 57 cm in length and 5.3 cm in diameter was packed with a sand mixture. The water pressure fluctuated at the bottom and forced the capillary fringe to move within the column. The column was installed on a balance for measuring the total water mass in it. Water content and potential were measured at different soil depths using TDR probes and tensiometers. The first series of experiments was conducted without irrigating. In a second series water was added to the surface at a constant rate by means of a sprinkling system. The variations of water content and matric potential were increasingly dampened and shifted in time with increasing distance from the capillary fringe. To describe the dynamics of water distribution it was necessary to account for hysteresis. Hysteresis dampened the water dynamics and caused a highly asymmetrical response of water content to the symmetrically oscillating lower boundary condition. The water dynamics were simulated with the computer code HYSTFLOW [Stauffer, F., 1996. Hysterestic unsaturated flow modelling. In: Proceedings of the Second International Conference on Hydroinformatics, Hydroinformatics '96, Zürich, Switzerland. Balkema, Rotterdam, pp. 589-595] which is based on Richards' equation, the Brooks and Corey hydraulic functions and a modified Mualem [Mualem, Y., 1984. A modified dependent-domain theory of hysteresis. Soil Sci. 137 (5), 283-291] hysteresis model. The water dynamics including the hysteretic behaviour were well described by the simulations.

  4. Forecasting monthly groundwater level fluctuations in coastal aquifers using hybrid Wavelet packet–Support vector regression

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    N. Sujay Raghavendra

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available This research demonstrates the state-of-the-art capability of Wavelet packet analysis in improving the forecasting efficiency of Support vector regression (SVR through the development of a novel hybrid Wavelet packet–Support vector regression (WP–SVR model for forecasting monthly groundwater level fluctuations observed in three shallow unconfined coastal aquifers. The Sequential Minimal Optimization Algorithm-based SVR model is also employed for comparative study with WP–SVR model. The input variables used for modeling were monthly time series of total rainfall, average temperature, mean tide level, and past groundwater level observations recorded during the period 1996–2006 at three observation wells located near Mangalore, India. The Radial Basis function is employed as a kernel function during SVR modeling. Model parameters are calibrated using the first seven years of data, and the remaining three years data are used for model validation using various input combinations. The performance of both the SVR and WP–SVR models is assessed using different statistical indices. From the comparative result analysis of the developed models, it can be seen that WP–SVR model outperforms the classic SVR model in predicting groundwater levels at all the three well locations (e.g. NRMSE(WP–SVR = 7.14, NRMSE(SVR = 12.27; NSE(WP–SVR = 0.91, NSE(SVR = 0.8 during the test phase with respect to well location at Surathkal. Therefore, using the WP–SVR model is highly acceptable for modeling and forecasting of groundwater level fluctuations.

  5. Characterization of the temperature fluctuations generated in a thermal mixing tee (sodium versus water behavior)

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    The temperature fluctuations occurring in 1800 inlet-let angle pipe tee thermal mixers with and without inlet reducer pipes are characterized in both amplitude and frequency. Sodium and water data from different sized tees have allowed delineation of the size and fluid medium modeling laws required for the extrapolation of reduced-scale water model temperature fluctuation data to prototype LMFBR sodium mixers. The phenomena of flow corner cutoff and thermal buoyancy at a tee juncture have also been studied and their effects on mixer performance delineated. The information presented is vital both to the design of thermal-fatigue-free mixers and to the understanding of thermal mixing in complex flows; much of it has not been peviously available

  6. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

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    K. Lindhorst

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep-sided, oligotrophic, karst lake that was tectonically formed most likely within the Pliocene and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 60 m water depth. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lowstands of ca. 60 and 35 m below the present water level occurred during Marine Isotope Stage (MIS 6 and MIS 5, respectively. The effect of these lowstands on biodiversity in most coastal parts of the lake is negligible, due to only small changes in lake surface area, coastline, and habitat. In contrast, biodiversity in shallower areas was more severely affected due to disconnection of today sub-lacustrine springs from the main water body. Multichannel seismic data from deeper parts of the lake clearly image several clinoform structures stacked on top of each other. These stacked clinoforms indicate significantly lower lake levels prior to MIS 6 and a stepwise rise of water level with intermittent stillstands since its existence as water-filled body, which might have caused enhanced expansion of endemic species within Lake Ohrid.

  7. Characteristics of fluctuations in natural water temperature in the eastern sea of Seto Inland Sea

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    It is important to grasp the characteristics of fluctuation of natural water temperature when the effect of warm water discharged into sea is assessed. On the basis of the record of water temperature observed in the eastern Seto Inland Sea, the characteristics of the temperature fluctuation were studied by statistical analysis. The results obtained are as follows. The fluctuation was divided into three components, of which the period is from a day to a week, exceeding a week to a month and longer than a month. The standard deviation was 1 to 2 deg C in spring and autumn, and 0.5 to 1 deg C in summer and winter in the long period component; about 0.5 deg C in spring and autumn, and 0.3 deg C in summer and winter in the medium period component, and 0.2 to 0.4 deg C in all seasons in the short period component. The cross correlation coefficient of the long period component among three selected stations was about 1 without any time lag. That of the medium period component was 0.6 to 0.8 without time lag in temperature drop period, but 0.1 to 0.6 with 1 to 6 days delay in temperature rise period. That of the short period component showed the similar tendency to the medium period component, but the value of the coefficient was smaller. (Kako, I.)

  8. [Seasonal fluctuations in fluoride content in waters of the Warta oxbow lake in Lubo?].

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    Jezierska-Madziar, Maria; Pi?skwar, Piotr; Golski, Janusz

    2004-01-01

    Studies were carried out in 2002-2003 at the Department of Inland Fishing and Aquaculture, Agricultural University of Pozna?, on seasonal fluctuations in fluoride content in waters of the Warta oxbow lake in Lubo? (52 degrees 19' N, 16 degrees 53' E). This reservoir has been loaded during several decades with fluorine compounds, originating from the deposits of post-crystallization lye of aluminum fluoride and fluorosilicic acid. The greatest amounts of fluorine compounds were deposited in the bottom sediments in the deepest part of the reservoir. On the basis of these two-year observations it was concluded that the concentration of fluoride in water is subject to significant variations (between 1.0 and 6.2 mg F(-)/L). The lowest fluoride concentration in water was recorded during vernal circulation. On the other hand, the highest values were found in the bottom water layer during the summer stagnation. Seasonal fluctuations in fluoride content in waters of the Warta oxbow lake were closely connected with mineralization in the bottom sediment as revealed by oxygen deficiencies in the bottom water layer. PMID:16892585

  9. Development of Mechanical Water Level Controller

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    Akonyi Nasiru Sule; Chinedu Cletus Obinwa; Christian Ebele Okekeze; Eyo Ifreke

    2012-01-01

    The automatic water level controller is a device designed to regulate automatically the pumping of water to an overhead tank without allowing the water in the tank to be exhausted. The design of this mechanical device was achieved using the Archimedes principle of floatation; having a float which determines the water level in the tank depending on the choice of the minimum (lower) and maximum (upper) level inscribed in the tank. The fundamental attribute of this device is the ease in design, ...

  10. Water table fluctuation and its effects on vegetation in a semiarid environment

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    Duan, L; liu, T; WANG X.; Luo, Y.; Wang, W; Liu, X.

    2011-01-01

    A good understanding of water table fluctuation effects on vegetation is crucial for sustaining fragile hydrology and ecology of semiarid areas such as the Horqin Sandy Land (HSL) in northern China, but such understanding is not well documented in literature. The objectives of this study were to examine spatio-temporal variations of water table and their effects on vegetation in a semiarid environment. A 9.71 km2 area within the HSL was chosen and well-instrumented to c...

  11. Kinetic parameters and intraindividual fluctuations of ochratoxin A plasma levels in humans

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    Studer-Rohr, I. [Inst. of Toxicology, Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech. and Univ. of Zurich, Schwerzenbach (Switzerland); Dept. of Food Science, Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech., Zurich (Switzerland); Schlatter, J. [Toxicology Section, Div. of Food Science, Swiss Federal Office of Public Health, Zurich (Switzerland); Dietrich, D.R. [Dept. of Environmental Toxicology, Univ. of Konstanz, Konstanz (Germany); Inst. of Toxicology, Swiss Federal Inst. of Tech. and Univ. of Zurich, Schwerzenbach (Switzerland)

    2000-11-01

    The mycotoxin ochratoxin A (OTA) is a rodent carcinogen produced by species of the ubiquitous fungal genera Aspergillus and Penicillium. OTA is found in a variety of food items and as a consequence is also found in human plasma (average concentrations found in this study: 0.1-1 ng OTA/ml plasma). To improve the scientific basis for cancer risk assessment the toxicokinetic profile of OTA was studied in one human volunteer following ingestion of 395 ng {sup 3}H-labeled OTA (3.8 {mu}Ci). A two-compartment open model consisting of a central compartment was found to best describe the in vivo data. This two-compartment model consisted of a fast elimination and distribution phase (T{sub 1/2} about 20 h) followed by a slow elimination phase (renal clearance about 0.11 ml/min.) and a calculated plasma half-life of 35.55 days. This half-life was approximately eight times longer than that determined previously in rats. In addition, the intraindividual fluctuation of OTA plasma levels was investigated in eight individuals over a period of 2 months. The concentrations determined ranged between 0.2 and 0.9 ng OTA/ml plasma. The plasma levels in some individuals remained nearly constant over time, while others varied considerably (e.g. increase of 0.4 ng/ml within 3 days, decrease of 0.3 ng/ml within 5 days) during the observation period. This intraindividual fluctuation in OTA plasma levels, which may represent differences in OTA exposure and/or metabolism, as well as the large difference in plasma half-life in humans compared to rats must be taken into consideration when the results of rat cancer study data are extrapolated to humans for risk assessment purposes. (orig.)

  12. Kinetic parameters and intraindividual fluctuations of ochratoxin A plasma levels in humans

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    The mycotoxin ochratoxin A (OTA) is a rodent carcinogen produced by species of the ubiquitous fungal genera Aspergillus and Penicillium. OTA is found in a variety of food items and as a consequence is also found in human plasma (average concentrations found in this study: 0.1-1 ng OTA/ml plasma). To improve the scientific basis for cancer risk assessment the toxicokinetic profile of OTA was studied in one human volunteer following ingestion of 395 ng 3H-labeled OTA (3.8 ?Ci). A two-compartment open model consisting of a central compartment was found to best describe the in vivo data. This two-compartment model consisted of a fast elimination and distribution phase (T1/2 about 20 h) followed by a slow elimination phase (renal clearance about 0.11 ml/min.) and a calculated plasma half-life of 35.55 days. This half-life was approximately eight times longer than that determined previously in rats. In addition, the intraindividual fluctuation of OTA plasma levels was investigated in eight individuals over a period of 2 months. The concentrations determined ranged between 0.2 and 0.9 ng OTA/ml plasma. The plasma levels in some individuals remained nearly constant over time, while others varied considerably (e.g. increase of 0.4 ng/ml within 3 days, decrease of 0.3 ng/ml within 5 days) during the observation period. This intraindividual fluctuation in OTA plasma levels, which may represent differences in OTA exposure and/or metabolism, as well as the large difference in plasma half-life in humans compared to rats must be taken into consideration when the results of rat cancer study data are extrapolated to humans for risk assessment purposes. (orig.)

  13. Research on the model of atmospheric water vapor conversion factor with considering terrain fluctuation

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    Liu, Lilong; Chen, Xiangping; Feng, Haiyang; Li, Junyu

    2015-12-01

    In order to study the applicability of the elevation model with considering terrain fluctuation factor in the calculation of the atmospheric water vapor conversion coefficient, this article selects different elevation data for five years from Xinjiang region sounding stations, using elevation model and Emardson model without considering the terrain fluctuation to calculate water vapor conversion coefficient K, and analyzing the applicability of the elevation model in Xinjiang region where is a large area of terrain, then comparing the accuracy of the conversion coefficient between the same latitude and different elevations as well as between the same elevation and different latitudes by the elevation model, researching the influence on elevation model from station's latitude and altitude. The research shows that: (1) Adding terrain fluctuation factor of elevation model and Emardson model without considering the effects of elevation will appear the phenomenon of increasing accuracy, and precision of elevation model is slightly better than that of Emardson model with station's altitude increasing. (2) When latitude acts as influence factor, the lower latitude the measuring station is, the higher accuracy of the elevation model will be. When elevation acts as influence factor, the bigger elevation the measuring station is, the higher accuracy of the elevation model will be. (3) The applicability of elevation model is better in these regions which located in low latitude and high altitude.

  14. Investigation of temperature fluctuations caused by steam-water two-phase flow in pressurizer spray piping

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    In a PWR plant, a steam-water two-phase flow may possibly exist in the pressurizer spray pipe under a normal operating condition since the flow rate of the spray water is not sufficient to fill the horizontal section of the pipe completely. Initiation of high cycle fatigue cracks is suspected to occur under such thermally stratified two phase flow conditions due to cyclic thermal stress fluctuations caused by oscillations of the water surface. Such oscillations cannot be detected by the measurement of temperature on outer surface of the pipe. In order to clarify the flow and thermal conditions in the pressurizer spray pipe and assess their impact on the pipe structure, an experiment was conducted for a steam-water flow at a low flow rate using a mock-up pressurizer spray pipe. The maximum temperature fluctuation of about 0.2 times of the steam-water temperature difference was observed at the inner wall around water surface in the test section. Visualization tests were conducted to investigate the temperature fluctuation phenomena. It was shown that the fluid temperature fluctuations were not caused by the waves on the water surface, but were caused by liquid temperature fluctuations in water layer below the interface. The influence of small amount of non-condensable gas dissolved in the reactor coolant on the liquid temperature fluctuation phenomena was investigated by injecting air into the experimental loop. The air injection attenuated the liquid temperature fluctuations in the water layer since the condensation was suppressed by the non-condensable gas. It is not expected that wall temperature fluctuation in the actual PWR plant may exceed the temperature equivalent to the fatigue limit stress amplitude when it is assumed to be proportional to the steam-water temperature difference. (author)

  15. Optimal control of a qubit coupled to a two-level fluctuator

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    Rebentrost, P; Serban, I; Wilhelm, F K

    2006-01-01

    A central challenge for implementing quantum computing in the solid state is decoupling the qubits from the intrinsic noise of the material. We investigate limits of controllability for a paradigmatic model: A single qubit coupled to a two-level fluctuator exposed to a heat bath. We systematically search for optimal pulses using a generalization of the novel open system Gradient Ascent Pulse Engineering (GRAPE) algorithm. We show and explain that next to the known optimal bias point of this model, there are optimal shapes which refocus unwanted terms in the Hamiltonian. We study the limitations of control set by the decoherence properties in the fast flipping regime, which go beyond a simple random telegraph noise model. This can lead to a significant improvement of quantum operations in hostile environments.

  16. Numerical simulation of the impacts of water level variation on water age in Dahuofang Reservoir

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    Li, Xinwen; Shen, Yongming

    2015-06-01

    The transport timescales were investigated in response to water level variation under different constant flow rates in Dahuofang Reservoir. The concept of water age was applied to quantify the transport timescales. A three-dimensional hydrodynamic model was developed based on the Environmental Fluid Dynamics Code (EFDC). The model was calibrated for water surface elevation and temperature profiles from April 1, 2008 to October 31, 2008. Comparisons of observed and modeled data showed that the model reproduced the water level fluctuation and thermal stratification during warm season and vertical mixing during cold season fairly well. The calibrated model was then applied to investigate the response of water age to water level changes in Dahuofang Reservoir. Model results showed that water age increases from confluence toward dam zone. In the vertical direction, the water age is relatively uniform at upstream and stratifies further downstream, with a larger value at bottom layer than at surface layer. Comparisons demonstrated that water level variation has a significant impact on transport timescales in the reservoir. The impact of water level drawdown on water age is stronger at bottom layer than at surface layer. Under high flow conditions, the water age decreases 0-20 days at surface layer and 15-25 days at bottom layer. Under mean flow conditions, the water age decreases 20-30 days at surface layer and 30-50 days at bottom layer. Furthermore, the impact is minor in the upstream and increases further downstream. The vertical stratification of water age weakens as the water level decreases. This study provides a numerical tool to quantify the transport timescale in Dahuofang Reservoir and supports adaptive management of regional water resources by local authorities.

  17. Cluster regression model and level fluctuation features of Van Lake, Turkey

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    Z. ?en; M. Kadio?lu; Batur, E.

    1999-01-01

    Lake water levels change under the influences of natural and/or anthropogenic environmental conditions. Among these influences are the climate change, greenhouse effects and ozone layer depletions which are reflected in the hydrological cycle features over the lake drainage basins. Lake levels are among the most significant hydrological variables that are influenced by different atmospheric and environmental conditions. Consequently, lake level time series in many parts of the world include n...

  18. Investment choice and perceived mating intentions regulated by external resource cues and internal fluctuation in blood glucose levels

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    Rao, Li-Lin; Wang, Xiao-Tian; Li, Shu

    2015-01-01

    We examined resource allocation priorities in the framework of an updated Maslow hierarchy of fundamental human needs. In Experiment 1, the participants in the food abundance priming condition viewing photos of high-calorie food allocated more money to savings than to spending. However, the participants preferred spending to savings under the condition of mating availability priming with romantic photographs. In Experiment 2, before and after drinking either water or a sugary beverage, fasting participants rated photos of a conversation between a man and a woman. Water drinking lowered the rating scores of mating intentions as well as blood glucose (BG) levels. The sugary drink buffered this decline in sexual perceptivity. Overall, the change in BG levels was positively associated with changes in the ratings of mating intentions but was not associated with other likelihood ratings. These results suggest that both external cues of food and mating resources and internal BG fluctuation regulate the cognitive priority of physiological needs vs. mate acquisition and retention. PMID:25610412

  19. Investment choice and perceived mating intentions regulated by external resource cues and internal fluctuation in blood glucose levels.

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    Rao, Li-Lin; Wang, Xiao-Tian; Li, Shu

    2014-01-01

    We examined resource allocation priorities in the framework of an updated Maslow hierarchy of fundamental human needs. In Experiment 1, the participants in the food abundance priming condition viewing photos of high-calorie food allocated more money to savings than to spending. However, the participants preferred spending to savings under the condition of mating availability priming with romantic photographs. In Experiment 2, before and after drinking either water or a sugary beverage, fasting participants rated photos of a conversation between a man and a woman. Water drinking lowered the rating scores of mating intentions as well as blood glucose (BG) levels. The sugary drink buffered this decline in sexual perceptivity. Overall, the change in BG levels was positively associated with changes in the ratings of mating intentions but was not associated with other likelihood ratings. These results suggest that both external cues of food and mating resources and internal BG fluctuation regulate the cognitive priority of physiological needs vs. mate acquisition and retention. PMID:25610412

  20. Terrestrial Waters and Sea Level Variations on Interannual Time Scale

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    Llovel, W.; Becker, M.; Cazenave, A.; Jevrejeva, S.; Alkama, R.; Decharme, B.; Douville, H.; Ablain, M.; Beckley, B.

    2011-01-01

    On decadal to multi-decadal time scales, thermal expansion of sea waters and land ice loss are the main contributors to sea level variations. However, modification of the terrestrial water cycle due to climate variability and direct anthropogenic forcing may also affect sea level. For the past decades, variations in land water storage and corresponding effects on sea level cannot be directly estimated from observations because these are almost non-existent at global continental scale. However, global hydrological models developed for atmospheric and climatic studies can be used for estimating total water storage. For the recent years (since mid-2002), terrestrial water storage change can be directly estimated from observations of the GRACE space gravimetry mission. In this study, we analyse the interannual variability of total land water storage, and investigate its contribution to mean sea level variability at interannual time scale. We consider three different periods that, each, depend on data availability: (1) GRACE era (2003-2009), (2) 1993-2003 and (3) 1955-1995. For the GRACE era (period 1), change in land water storage is estimated using different GRACE products over the 33 largest river basins worldwide. For periods 2 and 3, we use outputs from the ISBA-TRIP (Interactions between Soil, Biosphere, and Atmosphere-Total Runoff Integrating Pathways) global hydrological model. For each time span, we compare change in land water storage (expressed in sea level equivalent) to observed mean sea level, either from satellite altimetry (periods 1 and 2) or tide gauge records (period 3). For each data set and each time span, a trend has been removed as we focus on the interannual variability. We show that whatever the period considered, interannual variability of the mean sea level is essentially explained by interannual fluctuations in land water storage, with the largest contributions arising from tropical river basins.

  1. Quantum fluctuations and isotope effects in ab initio descriptions of water

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    Wang, Lu; Markland, Thomas E

    2014-01-01

    Nuclear quantum effects, such as zero-point energy and tunneling, cause significant changes to the structure and dynamics of hydrogen bonded systems such as liquid water. However, due to the current inability to simulate liquid water using an exact description of its electronic structure, the interplay between nuclear and electronic quantum effects remains unclear. Here we use simulations that incorporate the quantum mechanical nature of both the nuclei and electrons to provide a fully ab initio determination of the particle quantum kinetic energies, free energy change upon exchanging hydrogen for deuterium and the isotope fractionation ratio in water. These properties, which selectively probe the quantum nature of the nuclear degrees of freedom, allow us to make direct comparison to recent experiments and elucidate how electronic exchange and correlation and nuclear quantum fluctuations determine the structure of the hydrogen bond in water.

  2. Quantum fluctuations and isotope effects in ab initio descriptions of water

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    Wang, Lu; Markland, Thomas E., E-mail: tmarkland@stanford.edu [Department of Chemistry, Stanford University, 333 Campus Drive, Stanford, California 94305 (United States); Ceriotti, Michele, E-mail: michele.ceriotti@epfl.ch [Laboratory of Computational Science and Modeling, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne (Switzerland)

    2014-09-14

    Isotope substitution is extensively used to investigate the microscopic behavior of hydrogen bonded systems such as liquid water. The changes in structure and stability of these systems upon isotope substitution arise entirely from the quantum mechanical nature of the nuclei. Here, we provide a fully ab initio determination of the isotope exchange free energy and fractionation ratio of hydrogen and deuterium in water treating exactly nuclear quantum effects and explicitly modeling the quantum nature of the electrons. This allows us to assess how quantum effects in water manifest as isotope effects, and unravel how the interplay between electronic exchange and correlation and nuclear quantum fluctuations determine the structure of the hydrogen bond in water.

  3. Numerical analysis of a three-phase system with a fluctuating water table

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    Numerical simulations are presented of a one-dimensional, multiphase flow system that involves the redistribution of aqueous-phase liquids and nonaqueous-phase liquids (NAPLs) by a fluctuating water table. The numerical analyses were completed using an integrated-volume, finite-difference-based solution scheme of the governing multiphase conservation equations and constitutive theory. Conservation equations were solved for two components water and oil, with the assumption of a passive gas-phase. Nonlinearities introduced into the governing conservation equations through the constitutive theory were handled with a multivariable Newton-Raphson iterative scheme. The functional relationships between the phase relative permeability, the phase saturation, and phase pressures in porous media were described with a general theoretical model that includes the effects of air and oil occlusion during imbibition. Parameters required for the theoretical model were defined for two-phase systems (e.g., air- water, air-oil, and oil-water). The theoretical model assumes that wettability decreases in the following order: water, oil, air. Results from the numerical simulations are compared against measurements taken from a previous multiphase flow experiment. The experiment involved subjecting an initially water-drained, three-phase system (i.e., air-oil-water), to a fluctuating water table. The experimental objective was to quantify the entrapment of air and NAPL by phases of greater wettability under dynamic conditions. Comparison of numerical and experimental results were made for two ratios of imbibition to drainage characteristic, curve-shape parameters and two models for relative permeability in two-phase systems. A description of the numerical methods used to solve the governing conservation and constitutive equations for multiphase hysteretic conditions is given

  4. Water table fluctuation and its effects on vegetation in a semiarid environment

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    L. Duan

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available A good understanding of water table fluctuation effects on vegetation is crucial for sustaining fragile hydrology and ecology of semiarid areas such as the Horqin Sandy Land (HSL in northern China, but such understanding is not well documented in literature. The objectives of this study were to examine spatio-temporal variations of water table and their effects on vegetation in a semiarid environment. A 9.71 km2 area within the HSL was chosen and well-instrumented to continuously measure hydrometeorologic parameters (e.g., water table. The area comprises of meadow lands and sandy dunes as well as transitional zones in between. In addition to those measured data, this study also used Landsat TM and MODIS imageries and meteorological data at a station near the study area. The spatio-temporal variations were examined using visual plots and contour maps, while the effects on vegetation were determined by overlaying a water table depth map with a vegetation index map derived from the MODIS imageries. The results indicated that water table was mainly dependent on local topography, localized geological settings, and human activities (e.g., reclamation. At annual and monthly scales, water table was mainly a function of precipitation and potential evapotranspiration. A region within the study area where depth to water table was smaller tended to have better (i.e., more dense and productive vegetation cover. Further, the results revealed that water table fluctuation was more sensitive for vegetations in the meadow lands than in the transitional zones, but it was least sensitive for vegetations in the sandy dunes.

  5. Trend Estimation of Blood Glucose Level Fluctuations Based on Data Mining

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    Masaki Yamaguchi

    2003-06-01

    Full Text Available We have fabricated calorie-calculating software that calculates and records the total calorific food intake by choosing a meal menu selected using a computer mouse. The purpose of this software was to simplify data collection throughout a person's normal life, even if they were inexperienced computer operators. Three portable commercial devices have also been prepared a blood glucose monitor, a metabolic rate monitor and a mobile-computer, and linked into the calorie-calculating software. Time-course changes of the blood glucose level, metabolic rate and food intake were measured using these devices during a 3 month period. Based on the data collected in this study we could predict blood glucose levels of the next morning (FBG by modeling using data mining. Although a large error rate was found for predicting the absolute value, conditions could be found that improved the accuracy of the predicting trends in blood glucose level fluctuations by up to 90 %. However, in order to further improve the accuracy of estimation it was necessary to obtain further details about the patients' life style or to optimise the input variables that were dependent on each patient rather than collecting data over longer periods.

  6. The roles of shear and cross-correlations on the fluctuation levels in simple stochastic models. Revision

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    Highly simplified models of random flows interacting with background microturbulence are analyzed. In the limit of very rapid velocity fluctuations, it is shown rigorously that the fluctuation level of a passively advected scalar is not controlled by the rms shear. In a model with random velocities dependent only on time, the level of cross-correlations between the flows and the background turbulence regulates the saturation level. This effect is illustrated by considering a simple stochastic-oscillator model, both exactly and with analysis and numerical solutions of the direct-interaction approximation. Implications for the understanding of self-consistent turbulence are discussed briefly

  7. Response of New zealand mudsnails Potamopyrgus antipodarum to freezing and near freezing fluctuating water temperatures

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    Moffitt, Christine M.; James, Christopher A.

    2012-01-01

    We explored the resilience of the invasive New Zealand mudsnail Potamopyrgus antipodarum to fluctuating winter freezing and near-freezing temperature cycles in laboratory tests. Our goal was to provide data to confirm field observations of mortality and presumed mortality in stream habitats with fluctuating freezing to near-freezing temperatures. We tested individuals from 2 locations with distinctly different thermal regimes and population densities. One location had low snail densities and water temperatures with strong diel and seasonal water variation. The other location had high snail densities and nearly constant water temperatures. Groups of individuals from both locations were tested in each of 3 laboratory-created diel thermal cycles around nominal temperatures of 0, 2, or 4°C. Mortality occurred in cycles around 0°C in both populations, and little to no mortality occurred at temperatures >0°C. Individuals from both sources held in diel 0°C cycles for 72 h showed 100% mortality. Our findings support observations from published field studies that survival was limited in infested habitats subject to freezing temperatures.

  8. On the microscopic fluctuations driving the NMR relaxation of quadrupolar ions in water

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    Carof, Antoine; Salanne, Mathieu; Charpentier, Thibault; Rotenberg, Benjamin

    2015-11-01

    Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) relaxation is sensitive to the local structure and dynamics around the probed nuclei. The Electric Field Gradient (EFG) is the key microscopic quantity to understand the NMR relaxation of quadrupolar ions, such as 7Li+, 23Na+, 25Mg2+, 35Cl-, 39K+, or 133Cs+. Using molecular dynamics simulations, we investigate the statistical and dynamical properties of the EFG experienced by alkaline, alkaline Earth, and chloride ions at infinite dilution in water. Specifically, we analyze the effect of the ionic charge and size on the distribution of the EFG tensor and on the multi-step decay of its auto-correlation function. The main contribution to the NMR relaxation time arises from the slowest mode, with a characteristic time on the picosecond time scale. The first solvation shell of the ion plays a dominant role in the fluctuations of the EFG, all the more that the ion radius is small and its charge is large. We propose an analysis based on a simplified charge distribution around the ion, which demonstrates that the auto-correlation of the EFG, hence the NMR relaxation time, reflects primarily the collective translational motion of water molecules in the first solvation shell of the cations. Our findings provide a microscopic route to the quantitative interpretation of NMR relaxation measurements and open the way to the design of improved analytical theories for NMR relaxation for small ionic solutes, which should focus on water density fluctuations around the ion.

  9. Fluctuations of local electric field and dipole moments in water between metal walls

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    Takae, Kyohei; Onuki, Akira

    2015-01-01

    We examine the thermal fluctuations of the local electric field $E_k^{\\rm loc}$ and the dipole moment $\\mu_k$ in liquid water at $T=298$ K between metal walls in electric field applied in the perpendicular direction. We use analytic theory and molecular dynamics simulation. In this situation, there is a global electrostatic coupling between the surface charges on the walls and the polarization in the bulk. Then, the correlation function of the polarization density $p_z(r)$ along the applied f...

  10. Hunger games: fluctuations in blood glucose levels influence support for social welfare.

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    Aarøe, Lene; Petersen, Michael Bang

    2013-12-01

    Social-welfare policies are a modern instantiation of a phenomenon that has pervaded human evolutionary history: resource sharing. Ancestrally, food was a key shared resource in situations of temporary hunger. If evolved human psychology continues to shape how individuals think about current, evolutionarily novel conditions, this invites the prediction that attitudes regarding welfare politics are influenced by short-term fluctuations in hunger. Using blood glucose levels as a physiological indicator of hunger, we tested this prediction in a study in which participants were randomly assigned to conditions in which they consumed soft drinks containing either carbohydrates or an artificial sweetener. Analyses showed that participants with experimentally induced low blood glucose levels expressed stronger support for social welfare. Using an incentivized measure of actual sharing behavior (the dictator game), we further demonstrated that this increased support for social welfare does not translate into genuinely increased sharing motivations. Rather, we suggest that it is "cheap talk" aimed at increasing the sharing efforts of other individuals. PMID:24171932

  11. Sea-level fluctuations show Ocean Circulation controls Atlantic Multidecadal Variability

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    McCarthy, Gerard; Haigh, Ivan; Hirschi, Joel; Grist, Jeremy; Smeed, David

    2015-04-01

    We present observational evidence that ocean circulation controls the decadal evolution of heat content and consequently sea-surface temperatures (SST) in the North Atlantic. One of the most prominent modes of Atlantic variability is the Atlantic multidecadal oscillation (AMO) observed in SSTs. Positive (negative) phases of the AMO are associated with warmer (cooler) SSTs. Positive phases of the AMO have been linked with decadal climate fluctuations including increased summer precipitation in Europe; increased northern hemisphere land temperatures, fewer droughts in the Sahel region of Africa and increased Atlantic hurricane activity. It is widely believed that the Atlantic circulation controls the phases of the AMO by controlling the decadal changes in heat content in the North Atlantic. However, due to the lack of ocean circulation observations, this link has not been previously proven. We present a new interpretation of the sea-level gradient along to the east coast of the United States to derive a measure of ocean circulation spanning decadal timescales. We use this to estimate heat content changes that we validate against direct estimates of heat content. We use the longevity of the tide gauge record to show that circulation, as interpreted in sea-level gradient changes, drives the major transitions in the AMO since the 1920's. We show that the North Atlantic Oscillation is highly correlated with this sea-level gradient, indicating that the atmosphere drives the circulation changes. The circulation changes are essentially integrated by the ocean in the form of ocean heat content and returned to the atmosphere as the AMO. An additional consequence of our interpretation is that recently reported accelerations in sea-level rise along the US east coast are consistent with a declining AMO that has been predicted by a number of authors.

  12. Development of Mechanical Water Level Controller

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    Akonyi Nasiru Sule

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available The automatic water level controller is a device designed to regulate automatically the pumping of water to an overhead tank without allowing the water in the tank to be exhausted. The design of this mechanical device was achieved using the Archimedes principle of floatation; having a float which determines the water level in the tank depending on the choice of the minimum (lower and maximum (upper level inscribed in the tank. The fundamental attribute of this device is the ease in design, fabrication and mounting at a lower cost. Its testing had shown and proved that it works efficiently with Archimedes’ principle of floatation. This eliminates the frequent human intervention/monitoring of the water level in the overhead tank to control overflow manually, thereby eliminating water and energy wastages.

  13. Global sea-level fluctuations during the Last Interglaciation (MIS 5e)

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    Hearty, Paul J.; Hollin, John T.; Neumann, A. Conrad; O'Leary, Michael J.; McCulloch, Malcolm

    2007-09-01

    The geomorphology and morphostratigraphy of numerous worldwide sites reveal the relative movements of sea level during the peak of the Last Interglaciation (Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 5e, assumed average duration between 130±2 and 119±2 ka). Because sea level was higher than present, deposits are emergent, exposed, and widespread on many stable coastlines. Correlation with MIS 5e is facilitated by similar morphostratigraphic relationships, a low degree of diagenesis, uranium-thorium (U/Th) ages, and a global set of amino-acid racemization (AAR) data. This study integrates information from a large number of sites from tectonically stable areas including Bermuda, Bahamas, and Western Australia, and some that have experienced minor uplift (˜2.5 m/100 ka), including selected sites from the Mediterranean and Hawaii. Significant fluctuations during the highstand are evident at many MIS 5e sites, revealed from morphological, stratigraphic, and sedimentological evidence. Rounded and flat-topped curves derived only from reef tracts are incomplete and not representative of the entire interglacial story. Despite predictions of much different sea-level histories in Bermuda, the Bahamas, and Western Australia due to glacio- and hydro-isostatic effects, the rocks from these sites reveal a nearly identical record during the Last Interglaciation. The Last Interglacial highstand is characterized by several defined sea-level intervals (SLIs) that include: (SLI#1) post-glacial (MIS 6/5e Termination II) rise to above present before 130 ka; (SLI#2) stability at +2 to +3 m for the initial several thousand years (˜130 to ˜125 ka) during which fringing reefs were established and terrace morphology was imprinted along the coastlines; (SLI#3) a brief fall to near or below present around 125 ka; (SLI#4) a secondary rise to and through ˜+3-4 m (˜124 to ˜122 ka); followed by (SLI#5) a brief period of instability (˜120 ka) characterized by a rapid rise to between +6 to +9 m during which multiple notches and benches were developed; and (SLI#6) an apparently rapid descent of sea level into MIS 5d after 119 ka. U/Th ages are used to confirm the Last Interglacial age of the deposits, but unfortunately, in only two cases was it possible to corroborate the highstand subdivisions using radiometric ages. Sea levels above or at present were relatively stable during much of early MIS 5e and the last 6-7 ka of MIS 1, encouraging a comparison between them. The geological evidence suggests that significant oceanographic and climatic changes occurred thereafter, midway through, and continuing through the end of MIS 5e. Fluctuating sea levels and a catastrophic termination of MIS 5e are linked to the instability of grounded and marine-based ice sheets, with the Greenland (GIS) and West Antarctic (WAIS) ice sheets being the most likely contributors. Late MIS 5e ice volume changes were accompanied by oceanographic reorganization and global ecological shifts, and provide one ominous scenario for a greenhouse world.

  14. Relationship between fluctuations in glucose levels measured by continuous glucose monitoring and vascular endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Torimoto Keiichi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Fluctuations in blood glucose level cause endothelial dysfunction and play a critical role in onset and/or progression of atherosclerosis. We hypothesized that fluctuation in blood glucose levels correlate with vascular endothelial dysfunction and that this relationship can be assessed using common bedside medical devices. Methods Fluctuations in blood glucose levels were measured over 24?hours by continuous glucose monitoring (CGM on admission day 2 in 57 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The reactive hyperemia index (RHI, an index of vascular endothelial function, was measured using peripheral arterial tonometry (EndoPAT on admission day 3. Results The natural logarithmic-scaled RHI (L_RHI correlated with SD (r=?0.504; PPP=0.001 and percentage of time ?200?mg/dl (r=?0.292; P=0.028. In 12 patients with hypoglycemia, L_RHI also correlated with the percentage of time at hypoglycemia (r=?0.589; P=0.044. L_RHI did not correlate with HbA1c or fasting plasma glucose levels. Furthermore, L_RHI did not correlate with LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, and triglyceride levels or with systolic and diastolic blood pressures. Finally, multivariate analysis identified MAGE as the only significant determinant of L_RHI. Conclusions Fluctuations in blood glucose levels play a significant role in vascular endothelial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. Trial registration UMIN000007581

  15. Fluctuations of local electric field and dipole moments in water between metal walls

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    Takae, Kyohei; Onuki, Akira

    2015-10-01

    We examine the thermal fluctuations of the local electric field Ek loc and the dipole moment ?k in liquid water at T = 298 K between metal walls in electric field applied in the perpendicular direction. We use analytic theory and molecular dynamics simulation. In this situation, there is a global electrostatic coupling between the surface charges on the walls and the polarization in the bulk. Then, the correlation function of the polarization density pz(r) along the applied field contains a homogeneous part inversely proportional to the cell volume V. Accounting for the long-range dipolar interaction, we derive the Kirkwood-Fröhlich formula for the polarization fluctuations when the specimen volume v is much smaller than V. However, for not small v/V, the homogeneous part comes into play in dielectric relations. We also calculate the distribution of Ek loc in applied field. As a unique feature of water, its magnitude | Ek loc | obeys a Gaussian distribution with a large mean value E0 ? 17 V/nm, which arises mainly from the surrounding hydrogen-bonded molecules. Since |?k|E0 ˜ 30kBT, ?k becomes mostly parallel to Ek loc . As a result, the orientation distributions of these two vectors nearly coincide, assuming the classical exponential form. In dynamics, the component of ?k(t) parallel to Ek loc ( t ) changes on the time scale of the hydrogen bonds ˜5 ps, while its smaller perpendicular component undergoes librational motions on time scales of 0.01 ps.

  16. Dramatic enhancement of capillary wave fluctuations of a decorated water surface

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    We have demonstrated by x-ray diffuse scattering that a bimolecular layer of a preformed three-tailed amphiphile, ferric stearate, drastically enhances capillary wave fluctuations on water surface due to a reduction in surface tension to 1 mN/m. The bimolecular layer is composed of molecules in symmetric configuration, on top of molecules in asymmetric configuration with ferric ions in contact with water. Unlike the usual Langmuir monolayers, this layer of molecules does not rupture under compression, but becomes thicker. This behavior mimics folding of a membrane on a liquid surface and is closely related to the cohesive interaction brought by the ferric ions. The low effective tension of this artificial membrane depends on the available area and reduces as the microscopic excess area increases

  17. Isotopes reveal fluctuation in trophic levels of estuarine organisms, in space and time

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    Vinagre, C.; Salgado, J. P.; Mendonça, V.; Cabral, H.; Costa, M. J.

    2012-08-01

    The estimation of the trophic level (TL) occupied by organisms in estuarine food webs, based on isotopic analysis, is generally done only for one season or averaged among seasons and sites. This does not allow the observation of possible alterations of TL in time and space. As estuaries are highly dynamic environments, it is plausible that the TLs of many of its organisms are not static, like usually portrayed in food web diagrams, but fluctuate in space and time. The TLs of marine juvenile fish, resident fish, shrimp, polychaetes, bivalves and amphipods were determined isotopically, in the Tagus estuary. Sampling was carried out in two nursery areas at each season. Significant changes in TL were observed, in space and time, for the vast majority of the organisms. A drop in TL in summer was observed for various species. The high availability of microalgae and macroalgae in summer may be the cause for this drop, which mainly affects low TL omnivores. These omnivores may opportunistically increase the proportion of primary producers in their diet, thus lowering their mean TL. Such an effect seems to cascade to secondary consumers, like Solea senegalensis and Pomatoschistus microps, which also presented a drop in TL in summer. This study also revealed that organisms that have been considered to be mainly primary consumers, like Liza ramada, and Scrobicularia plana, can actually assume considerably higher TLs seasonally, placing them as secondary consumers.

  18. Water levels in continuously monitored wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, 1985--88

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    Water levels have been monitored hourly in 15 wells completed in 23 depth intervals in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada. Water levels were monitored using pressure transducers and were recorded by data loggers. The pressure transducers were periodically calibrated by raising and lowering them in the wells. The water levels were normally measured at approximately the same time that the transducers were calibrated. Where the transducer output appeared reasonable, it was converted to water levels using the calibrations and manual water- level measurements. The amount of transducer output that was converted to water levels ranged from zero for several intervals to about 98 percent for one interval. Fourteen of the wells were completed in Tertiary volcanic rocks and one well was completed in Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Each well monitored from one to four depth intervals. Water-level fluctuation caused by barometric pressure changes and earth tides were observed

  19. Fluctuation of TeV to EeV Energy Muons and Induced Muon Showers in Water

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    Okumura, Y; N. Takahashi; Misaki{3], A.

    2010-01-01

    By using the integral method in the muon propagation through water, we calculate the range fluctuation of high and ultra high energy muons. Many authors divide all radiative processes into two parts, namely, the continuous part and radiative part in their Monte Carlo simulation in order to consider the fluctuation in the both ranges and energies of the muons, while we treat all stochastic processes as exactly as possible, without the introduction of the continuous parts in a...

  20. Fluctuations of sea water temperature based on nannofloral changes during the Middle to Late Miocene, Adana Basin, Turkey

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    SINACI, Manolya

    2013-01-01

    Some nannoplankton species are sensitive to water temperatures. While Coccolithus pelagicus and Reticulofenestra gelida indicate cooler water conditions, the genera Discoaster and Sphenolithus and Calcidiscus leptoporus are indicative of warmer water environments. This paper focuses on relative fluctuation of sea water temperatures during the Middle and Late Miocene, emphasised by cold and warm nannofossil changes in abundance in 2 wells. At the A-1 well in the Middle Miocene, the total abund...

  1. Core Level Spectroscopy of Water and Ice

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    Nordlund, Dennis

    2004-01-01

    A core level spectroscopy study of ice and water is presented in this thesis. Combining a number of experiments and spectrum calculations based on density functional theory, changes in the local valence electronic structure are shown to be sensitive to the local H-bonding configurations. Exploiting this sensitivity, we are able to approach important scientific problems for a number of aggregation states; liquid water, the water-metal interface, bulk and surface of hexagonal ice. For the H-bon...

  2. Water Table Fluctuation in Tidal Lowland for Developing Agricultural Water Management Strategies

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    Momon Sodik Imanudin; Edi Armanto; Robiyanto Hendro Susanto; Siti Masreah Bernas

    2010-01-01

    The research objective is to evaluate the water status in the tertiary block of tidal lowland for developing water management strategies and cropping pattern for food crop agriculture. The research was conducted in tidal lowland reclamation areas of Delta Saleh South Sumatera. The methodology used in this research was survey and monitoring. The result showed that the study area has a potential of acid sulphate soil which is indicated by phyrite layer at 60 cm below the soil surface. Variation...

  3. Effect of water-table fluctuations on the degradation of Sphagnum phenols in surficial peats

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    Abbott, Geoffrey D.; Swain, Eleanor Y.; Muhammad, Aminu B.; Allton, Kathryn; Belyea, Lisa R.; Laing, Christopher G.; Cowie, Greg L.

    2013-04-01

    A much improved understanding of how water-table fluctuations near the surface affect decomposition and preservation of peat-forming plant litter and surficial peats is needed in order to predict possible feedbacks between the peatland carbon cycle and the global climate system. In this study peatland plants (bryophytes and vascular plants), their litter and peat cores were collected from the Ryggmossen peatland in the boreonemoral zone of central Sweden. The extracted insoluble residues from whole plant tissues were depolymerized using thermally assisted hydrolysis and methylation (THM) in the presence of both unlabelled and 13C-labelled tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH) which yielded both vascular plant- and Sphagnum-derived phenols. Methylated 4-isopropenylphenol (IUPAC: 1-methoxy-4-(prop-1-en-2-yl)benzene), methylated cis- and trans-3-(4'-hydroxyphen-1-yl)but-2-enoic acid (IUPAC: (E/Z)-methyl 3-(4-methoxyphenyl)but-2-enoate), and methylated 3-(4'-hydroxyphen-1-yl)but-3-enoic acid (IUPAC: methyl 3-(4-methoxyphenyl)but-3-enoate) (van der Heijden et al., 1997) are confirmed as TMAH thermochemolysis products of "bound" sphagnum acid and also as being specific to Sphagnum mosses. These putative biomarkers were also significant components in the unlabelled TMAH thermochemolysis products from the depolymerization of ultrasonically extracted samples from eight peat cores, one from a hummock and one from a hollow at each of the four stages along the bog plateau-to-swamp forest gradient. We have proposed and measured two parameters namely (i) ? which is defined as the total amount of these four molecules normalised to 100 mg of OC; and (ii) an index (SR%) which is the ratio of ? to the ? parameter giving a measure of the relative amounts of "bound" sphagnum acid to the "bound" vascular plant phenols in peat moss and the surficial peat layers. Changes in ? and SR% down the bog plateau (BP), bog margin (BM) and fen lagg (FL) cores in the Ryggmossen mire indicates that the sphagnum acid bound into the peat is being degraded in the unsaturated and seasonally-saturated layers. There is then a stabilisation of Sphagnum-derived phenols in the deepest horizons of the seasonally-saturated layer and into the permanently-saturated layer. These results suggest that "bound" sphagnum acid will be stabilised in peatlands shifting to a wetter and more variable precipitation regime whereas it will be gradually stripped away (e.g. by hydrolysis/enzymatic activity) in surficial peats shifting to a drier climate, such that any subsequent rewetting of the peat could lead to anaerobic hydrolysis and fermentation of the newly exposed carbohydrates. This highlights the sensitivity of Sphagnum surficial peats to climate-induced changes in water levels albeit there may be differences in the extent of degradation along the bog-fen gradient.

  4. Viscosity changes of riparian water controls diurnal fluctuations of stream-flow and DOC concentration

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    Schwab, Michael; Klaus, Julian; Pfister, Laurent; Weiler, Markus

    2015-04-01

    Diurnal fluctuations in stream-flow are commonly explained as being triggered by the daily evapotranspiration cycle in the riparian zone, leading to stream flow minima in the afternoon. While this trigger effect must necessarily be constrained by the extent of the growing season of vegetation, we here show evidence of daily stream flow maxima in the afternoon in a small headwater stream during the dormant season. We hypothesize that the afternoon maxima in stream flow are induced by viscosity changes of riparian water that is caused by diurnal temperature variations of the near surface groundwater in the riparian zone. The patterns were observed in the Weierbach headwater catchment in Luxembourg. The catchment is covering an area of 0.45 km2, is entirely covered by forest and is dominated by a schistous substratum. DOC concentration at the outlet of the catchment was measured with the field deployable UV-Vis spectrometer spectro::lyser (scan Messtechnik GmbH) with a high frequency of 15 minutes over several months. Discharge was measured with an ISCO 4120 Flow Logger. During the growing season, stream flow shows a frequently observed diurnal pattern with discharge minima in the afternoon. During the dormant season, a long dry period with daily air temperature amplitudes of around 10 ° C occurred in March and April 2014, with discharge maxima in the afternoon. The daily air temperature amplitude led to diurnal variations in the water temperature of the upper 10 cm of the riparian zone. Higher riparian water temperatures cause a decrease in water viscosity and according to the Hagen-Poiseuille equation, the volumetric flow rate is inversely proportional to viscosity. Based on the Hagen-Poiseuille equation and the viscosity changes of water, we calculated higher flow rates of near surface groundwater through the riparian zone into the stream in the afternoon which explains the stream flow maxima in the afternoon. With the start of the growing season, the viscosity induced diurnal effect is overlain by the stronger influence of evapotranspiration. Diurnal DOC fluctuations show daily maxima in the afternoon. While daily variations in DOC concentrations are often explained by faster in-stream biogeochemical processes during daylight, we here propose that the viscosity effect in the riparian zone could explain the afternoon peaks in DOC concentrations. Our records show that daily water temperature variations and therefore viscosity changes only occur in the near surface parts of the riparian zone, where the DOC concentrations are higher than in deeper parts of the riparian zone. We calculated, that the viscosity induced higher flow rates from the near surface parts of the riparian zone can explain the DOC concentration maxima in the afternoon. As the viscosity effect does not disappear during the growing season but is just smaller than the evapotranspiration effect, the DOC concentration pattern is not changing between the dormant and growing seasons. The different controls of diurnal fluctuations of stream-flow and water quality concentrations need to be carefully considered in order to better understand the different patterns in catchment hydrology.

  5. Water level indicator for nuclear reactor vessel

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    A water level indicator for a pressure vessel is provided which employs a plurality of vertically spaced cantilevered mounted spring members. The free end of each spring member is connected to a depending float member. The float member has sufficient mass and density to depress its spring member when the float member is in a gaseous medium. The float member has sufficient buoyancy to elevate its spring member when the float member is in a water medium. One or more strain gauges is secured to each spring member to indicate the instantaneous position of the spring member and thereby provide an indication of the instantaneous water level

  6. Fluctuations of local electric field and dipole moments in water between metal walls.

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    Takae, Kyohei; Onuki, Akira

    2015-10-21

    We examine the thermal fluctuations of the local electric field Ek (loc) and the dipole moment ?k in liquid water at T = 298 K between metal walls in electric field applied in the perpendicular direction. We use analytic theory and molecular dynamics simulation. In this situation, there is a global electrostatic coupling between the surface charges on the walls and the polarization in the bulk. Then, the correlation function of the polarization density pz(r) along the applied field contains a homogeneous part inversely proportional to the cell volume V. Accounting for the long-range dipolar interaction, we derive the Kirkwood-Fröhlich formula for the polarization fluctuations when the specimen volume v is much smaller than V. However, for not small v/V, the homogeneous part comes into play in dielectric relations. We also calculate the distribution of Ek (loc) in applied field. As a unique feature of water, its magnitude |Ek (loc)| obeys a Gaussian distribution with a large mean value E0 ? 17 V/nm, which arises mainly from the surrounding hydrogen-bonded molecules. Since |?k|E0 ? 30kBT, ?k becomes mostly parallel to Ek (loc). As a result, the orientation distributions of these two vectors nearly coincide, assuming the classical exponential form. In dynamics, the component of ?k(t) parallel to Ek (loc)(t) changes on the time scale of the hydrogen bonds ?5 ps, while its smaller perpendicular component undergoes librational motions on time scales of 0.01 ps. PMID:26493911

  7. Impact of scaled-down on dissolved oxygen fluctuations at different levels of the lipase synthesis pathway of Yarrowia lipolytica

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    Delvigne, F.

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The impact of the fluctuations in dissolved oxygen tension (DOT on the lipase production by Yarrowia lipolytica has been investigated in a scale-down reactor (SDR. This bioreactor comprises a 20 l agitated vessel with an automatic valve controlling the opening and closure of the air flow line. This kind of scale-down apparatus is used in order to generate DOT gradients encountered in large-scale, while maintaining the other environmental conditions constant. The impact of DOT fluctuations has been estimated at three levels of the lipase synthesis machinery: lipase gene expression, lipase translation, lipase excretion to the extracellular medium. Among these levels, the performance of lipase production under oscillating DOT was significantly affected at the lipase gene expression level.

  8. Hydrologic conditions and lake-level fluctuations at Long Lost Lake, 1939-2004, White Earth Indian Reservation, Clearwater County, Minnesota

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    Christensen, Victoria G.; Bergman, Andrea L.

    2005-01-01

    Long Lost Lake, a closed-basin lake in Clearwater County, Minnesota, has had a substantial rise in lake level since 1990. The increased level and surface area of the lake has led to the inundation of nearby homes and roads. The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians, conducted a study to document the historical lake-level fluctuations, to investigate reasons for hydrologic change, and to develop a general understanding of the hydrology of lakes that have had rapid changes in lake level. Lake levels were recorded continuously from August 2003 through December 2004. The purpose was to establish a temporal, detailed record of lake levels and to connect this record to precipitation and ground-water-level data. A long-term record is critical to understanding the relation between surface water and ground water. This is especially true for closed-basin lakes. Between August 2003 and December 2004, the lake level generally declined. The highest lake altitude was 492.58 meters above NAVD 88 on August 5, 2003, and the low of 492.11 meters above NAVD 88 occurred on August 29, 2004. Results of water-level measurements in 5 observation wells and 14 wetlands and ponds show that the water-table level is substantially higher on the north side of the lake than the lake level, providing the head pressure necessary for ground-water discharge into Long Lost Lake. In contrast, on the south and east sides of the lake, water-table levels are similar to the lake level. This indicates a general north-northwest to south-southeast ground-water flow direction. Results of a synoptic survey of lake temperature and other measurements supported the direction of water inflow and outflow. Aerial photography and a geographic information system were used to construct a historical lake record from 1939 to 2001. Lake-level increases match similar increases in precipitation, indicating a strong link between the two. Results show that lake-level increases in Long Lost Lake appear to primarily be due to natural rather than anthropogenic effects.

  9. Advanced methods for modeling water-levels and estimating drawdowns with SeriesSEE, an Excel add-in

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    Halford, Keith; Garcia, C. Amanda; Fenelon, Joe; Mirus, Benjamin B.

    2012-01-01

    Water-level modeling is used for multiple-well aquifer tests to reliably differentiate pumping responses from natural water-level changes in wells, or “environmental fluctuations.” Synthetic water levels are created during water-level modeling and represent the summation of multiple component fluctuations, including those caused by environmental forcing and pumping. Pumping signals are modeled by transforming step-wise pumping records into water-level changes by using superimposed Theis functions. Water-levels can be modeled robustly with this Theis-transform approach because environmental fluctuations and pumping signals are simulated simultaneously. Water-level modeling with Theis transforms has been implemented in the program SeriesSEE, which is a Microsoft® Excel add-in. Moving average, Theis, pneumatic-lag, and gamma functions transform time series of measured values into water-level model components in SeriesSEE. Earth tides and step transforms are additional computed water-level model components. Water-level models are calibrated by minimizing a sum-of-squares objective function where singular value decomposition and Tikhonov regularization stabilize results. Drawdown estimates from a water-level model are the summation of all Theis transforms minus residual differences between synthetic and measured water levels. The accuracy of drawdown estimates is limited primarily by noise in the data sets, not the Theis-transform approach. Drawdowns much smaller than environmental fluctuations have been detected across major fault structures, at distances of more than 1 mile from the pumping well, and with limited pre-pumping and recovery data at sites across the United States. In addition to water-level modeling, utilities exist in SeriesSEE for viewing, cleaning, manipulating, and analyzing time-series data.

  10. Modeling Tidal Water Levels for Canadian Coastal and Offshore waters

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    Robin, C. M. I.; MacAulay, P.; Nudds, S.; Godin, A.; de Lange Boom, B.; Bartlett, J.; Maltais, L.; Herron, T.; Craymer, M. R.; Veronneau, M.; Fadaie, K.

    2014-12-01

    IIn 2010, the Canadian Hydrographic Service initiated the Continuous Vertical Datum for Canadian Waters (CVDCW) project, the aim of which is to connect tidal water level datums (high and low water levels, chart datum, etc.) to a national geodetic reference frame over all Canadian tidal waters. Currently, water level datums are tied to a geodetic reference frame at approximately 400 tide stations which have been surveyed with GPS, whereas water levels vary significantly in space even a short distance away from tide stations. The CVDCW captures the relevant spatial variability between stations and offshore by integrating ocean models, gauge data (water level analyses and/or GPS observations), sea level trends, satellite altimetry, and a geoid model. The CVDCW will enable the use of Global Navigation Satellite System technologies (primarily GPS) for hydrographers and navigators. It will also be important for other users including oceanographers, environmental and climate scientists, surveyors and engineers. For instance, it will allow easier integration of hydrographic and terrestrial data, provide a baseline for storm surge modeling and climate change adaptation, and aid with practical issues such as sovereignty and the definition of the coastline. Once high and low water surfaces are complete, they will define a large portion of the vertical link between land and ocean, helping to delineate flooding thresholds and inter-tidal ecosystem zones and boundaries. Here we present an overview of the methodology using a set of prototype model results, and will outline features of interest for studies in coastal stability, climate change adaptation, and sea level change.

  11. Observing plants dealing with soil water stress: Daily soil moisture fluctuations derived from polymer tensiometers

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    van der Ploeg, Martine; de Rooij, Gerrit

    2014-05-01

    Periods of soil water deficit often occur within a plant's life cycle, even in temperate deciduous and rain forests (Wilson et al. 2001, Grace 1999). Various experiments have shown that roots are able to sense the distribution of water in the soil, and produce signals that trigger changes in leaf expansion rate and stomatal conductance (Blackman and Davies 1985, Gollan et al. 1986, Gowing et al. 1990 Davies and Zhang 1991, Mansfield and De Silva 1994, Sadras and Milroy 1996). Partitioning of water and air in the soil, solute distribution in soil water, water flow through the soil, and water availability for plants can be determined according to the distribution of the soil water potential (e.g. Schröder et al. 2013, Kool et al. 2014). Understanding plant water uptake under dry conditions has been compromised by hydrological instrumentation with low accuracy in dry soils due to signal attenuation, or a compromised measurement range (Whalley et al. 2013). Development of polymer tensiometers makes it possible to study the soil water potential over a range meaningful for studying plant responses to water stress (Bakker et al. 2007, Van der Ploeg et al. 2008, 2010). Polymer tensiometer data obtained from a lysimeter experiment (Van der Ploeg et al. 2008) were used to analyse day-night fluctuations of soil moisture in the vicinity of maize roots. To do so, three polymer tensiometers placed in the middle of the lysimeter from a control, dry and very dry treatment (one lysimeter per treatment) were used to calculate water content changes over 12 hours. These 12 hours corresponded with the operation of the growing light. Soil water potential measurements in the hour before the growing light was turned on or off were averaged. The averaged value was used as input for the van Genuchten (1980) model. Parameters for the model were obtained from laboratory determination of water retention, with a separate model parameterization for each lysimeter setup. Results show daily fluctuations in water content changes, with both root water uptake and root water excretion. The magnitude of the water content change was in the same order for all treatments, thus suggesting compensatory uptake. References Bakker G, Van der Ploeg MJ, de Rooij GH, Hoogendam CW, Gooren HPA, Huiskes C, Koopal LK and Kruidhof H. New polymer tensiometers: Measuring matric pressures down to the wilting point. Vadose Zone J. 6: 196-202, 2007. Blackman PG and Davies WJ. Root to shoot communication in maize plants of the effects of soil drying. J. Exp. Bot. 36: 39-48, 1985. Davies WJ and Zhang J. Root signals and the regulation of growth and development of plants in drying soil. Annu. Rev. Plant Physiol. Plant Mol. Biol. 42: 55-76, 1991. Gollan T, Passioura JB and Munns R. Soil water status affects the stomatal conductance of fully turgid wheat and sunflower leafs. Aust. J. Plant Physiol. 13: 459-464, 1986. Gowing DJG, Davies WJ and Jones HG. A Positive Root-sourced Signal as an Indicator of Soil Drying in Apple, Malus x domestica Borkh. J. Exp. Bot. 41: 1535-1540, 1990. Grace J. Environmental controls of gas exchange in tropical rain forests. In: Press, M.C, J.D. Scholes and M.G. Barker (ed.). Physiological plant ecology: the 39th Symposium of the British Ecological Society. Blackwell Science, United Kingdom, 1999. Kool D, Agam N, Lazarovitch N, Heitman JL, Sauer TJ, Ben-Gal A. A review of approaches for evapotranspiration partitioning. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 184: 56- 70, 2014. Mansfield TA and De Silva DLR. Sensory systems in the roots of plants and their role in controlling stomatal function in the leaves. Physiol. Chem. Phys. & Med. 26: 89-99, 1994. Sadras VO and Milroy SP. Soil-water thresholds for the responses of leaf expansion and gas exchange: a review. Field Crops Res. 47: 253-266, 1996. Schröder N, Lazarovitch N, Vanderborcht J, Vereecken H, Javaux M. Linking transpiration reduction to rhizosphere salinity using a 3D coupled soil-plant model. Plant Soil 2013, doi: 10.1007/s11104-013-1990-8 Van der Ploeg MJ, Gooren HPA, Bakker G and de Rooij GH.

  12. Systems-level modeling the effects of arsenic exposure with sequential pulsed and fluctuating patterns for tilapia and freshwater clam

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    Chen, W.-Y. [Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Tsai, J.-W. [Institute of Ecology and Evolutionary Ecology, China Medical University, Taichung 40402, Taiwan (China); Ju, Y.-R. [Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China); Liao, C.-M., E-mail: cmliao@ntu.edu.t [Department of Bioenvironmental Systems Engineering, National Taiwan University, Taipei 10617, Taiwan (China)

    2010-05-15

    The purpose of this paper was to use quantitative systems-level approach employing biotic ligand model based threshold damage model to examine physiological responses of tilapia and freshwater clam to sequential pulsed and fluctuating arsenic concentrations. We tested present model and triggering mechanisms by carrying out a series of modeling experiments where we used periodic pulses and sine-wave as featured exposures. Our results indicate that changes in the dominant frequencies and pulse timing can shift the safe rate distributions for tilapia, but not for that of freshwater clam. We found that tilapia increase bioenergetic costs to maintain the acclimation during pulsed and sine-wave exposures. Our ability to predict the consequences of physiological variation under time-varying exposure patterns has also implications for optimizing species growing, cultivation strategies, and risk assessment in realistic situations. - Systems-level modeling the pulsed and fluctuating arsenic exposures.

  13. Soil migration and plant uptake of technetium from a fluctuating water table

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    Soil columns (50 x 15 cm) were used to determine the potential for 95mTc (as a surrogate for 99Tc which is an important component of some radioactive waste) to migrate from a contaminated, fluctuating water table, through sandy loam soil and into perennial ryegrass. Upward migration was significantly retarded with, generally, only the bottom few centimetres of soil becoming contaminated over the 6 months of the experiment. This is thought to have been due to the presence of anoxic conditions within the water table leading to the reduction of pertechnetate to TcIV species which are relatively insoluble. However, some evidence of very slow upward migration over time was found. Only a small and inconsistent transfer of activity into the perennial ryegrass was observed. Whilst these observations would suggest that 99Tc is less important than radionuclides such as 129I and 36Cl in terms of the risk associated with radioactive waste disposal, the potential for a slow upward migration, and/or a pulse-release following the re-oxidation of reduced soil in which 99Tc has accumulated should not be overlooked

  14. Water Level Detection Using Synthetic Aperture Radar Imagery

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    Reservoir water levels are of interest for international safeguards and domestic monitoring because they can be used as indicators of processing activity, uranium mine tailings protection status, or power generation for clandestine operation. Monitoring of water levels using satellite technology, especially civilian synthetic aperture radar (SAR) for remote or restricted-access sites worldwide has the potential to be a valuable tool for national/international safeguards as well as environmental monitoring applications. Unlike optical sensors, SAR is capable of reliable repeat monitoring regardless of cloud cover or solar illumination, i.e. it can image the target through clouds and darkness. Because of this ability, quick turn around for a SAR image is almost always guaranteed. SAR is very sensitive to the land/water interface and can be used to extract detailed elevation models. SAR is also sensitive to metallic structures or objects and can thus be useful in detection of heavy equipment or undeclared construction at decommissioned facilities. Although spaceborne SAR cannot match the resolution of optical satellites, future SAR satellites will offer much better resolution (e.g., approximately 3 metres for RADARSAT-2). Furthermore, future SAR satellites will offer different polarization and frequency channels to provide terrain and vegetation classification. The objective is to investigate the use of SAR for water level detection using Canada's RADARSAT-1 imagery. Three Canadian sites were chosen for our study: Niagara Area Hydro Reservoir; Quirke Lake uranium tailings management facility (TMF); and JEB Pit TMF. Initial results, using RADARSAT-1 data acquired over a three year period, show dramatic changes in both the total water surface area and markers (natural or man-made) becoming visible as the water level decreases. These very promising results indicated that SAR imagery can be used as an excellent tool for mapping remote location (which is useful for inspection planning), object detection (verification of declared activities, or detection of undeclared activities), and detection of water level fluctuation (which may be linked to a clandestine power generation during a period where optical sensors are not effective, e.g. at night or during adverse weather conditions). Additional analysis of RADARSAT-1 data, supportable by ground truth information and IKONOS imagery, is being carried out and further results are expected to be available soon. Large steep walled or terraced reservoirs, as in the case of JEB Pit TMF would require a different analysis technique. Scoping work indicated that it would be possible to deduce the water level by measuring the wall height using 'radar shadow', in a manner similar to the exploitation of shadows in optical images

  15. Sea-level and salinity fluctuations during the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum in Arctic Spitsbergen

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    Harding, Ian C.; Charles, Adam J.; Marshall, John E. A.; Pälike, Heiko; Roberts, Andrew P.; Wilson, Paul A.; Jarvis, Edward; Thorne, Robert; Morris, Emily; Moremon, Rebecca; Pearce, Richard B.; Akbari, Shir

    2011-02-01

    Palaeoenvironmental manifestations of the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM; ~ 56 Ma) are relatively well documented in low- to mid-latitude settings and at high southern latitudes, but no documented high northern latitude sites record the entire hyperthermal event. We present high-resolution multi-proxy records from a PETM succession on Spitsbergen in the high Arctic (palaeolatitude ~ 75 °N). By comparing our results with those from Integrated Ocean Drilling Program Site 302-4A, we document regional palaeoenvironmental variations in the expression of the PETM, with evidence for major differences in basin-margin vegetation and water column oxygen depletion. Sedimentological, palynological and geochemical data demonstrate a pre-PETM sea level rise in Spitsbergen before the - 4‰ ? 13C TOC excursion, which culminated in maximum flooding during the peak of the event. The appearance of the dinoflagellate cyst Apectodinium before the onset of the carbon isotope excursion (CIE) corroborates that environmental change in the Arctic had begun prior to the CIE. Sedimentological and palynological evidence indicate that elevated terrestrial runoff resulted in water column stratification, providing further evidence for an intensification of the hydrological cycle during the PETM.

  16. Reading Ground Water Levels with a Smartphone

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    van Overloop, Peter-Jules

    2015-04-01

    Most ground water levels in the world are measured manually. It requires employees of water management organizations to visit sites in the field and execute a measurement procedure that requires special tools and training. Once the measurement is done, the value is jotted down in a notebook and later, at the office, entered in a computer system. This procedure is slow and prone to human errors. A new development is the introduction of modern Information and Communication Technology to support this task and make it more efficient. Two innovations are introduced to measure and immediately store ground water levels. The first method is a measuring tape that gives a sound and light when it just touches the water in combination with an app on a smartphone with which a picture needs to be taken from the measuring tape. Using dedicated pattern recognition algorithms, the depth is read on the tape and it is verified if the light is on. The second method estimates the depth using a sound from the smartphone that is sent into the borehole and records the reflecting waves in the pipe. Both methods use gps-localization of the smartphone to store the depths in the right location in the central database, making the monitoring of ground water levels a real-time process that eliminates human errors.

  17. Gravimetric response of water table fluctuations in the Sahelian Diffa site (East Niger): local effects including poro-elasticity

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    Hector, B.; Genthon, P.; Le Coz, M.; Hinderer, J.; Chalikakis, K.; Descloitres, M.

    2010-12-01

    The GHYRAF project (Gravimetry and HYdrology in AFrica) is devoted to a regional study of the relationship between hydrological and gravimetric signals in the Western African Monsoon area. Three sites are monitored in a decreasing pluviometric gradient: Djougou (North Benin), Wankama (Niamey area) and Bagara (Eastern Niger) with annual rainfalls amounting to 1200 mm, 600 mm and 350 mm, respectively. The Diffa/Bagara site is located 640m away from the Yobé temporary river, a tributary of Lake Chad fed by rainfall on the Jos Plateau (Nigeria) and that is generally flowing between mid July and January. Apart from this period, the river bed includes a series of ponds that form the top of the aquifer and that are pumped for intensive irrigated cropping. The 50m thick uppermost unconfined aquifer is locally recharged by the Yobé River and is flowing northwards. It has been explored by geophysical methods involving RMS and TDEM soundings, which provided information on its porosity and electrical conductivity, respectively. A series of nearly 50 holes drilled down to a 10 m depth in the Bagara area allowed to define the detailed sedimentary structure of the aquifer. It consists mainly of fluvial deposits with alternating layers of fine sands, coarse grained sands and clays. The sedimentary pile includes clayed layer of centimetric to metric thickness with a mean lateral extension of 300 m. The groundwater level is monitored by a series of 4 piezometers located at 25 m, 270 m, 500 m and 640 m from the river axis. The shape of the piezometric curve at the Bagara station is 0.4 m amplitude sinusoid and presents a maximum level at mid January and a minimum one near mid July. Clearly, water level fluctuations are governed by infiltration from the Yobe river with an offset controlled by the distance to it. With the 20% porosity measured by MRS, this would imply a nearly 30 nms-2 gravimetric signal, which is in fair agreement with the observed amplitude. However both the observed gravimetic signal and the results of the global hydrological model GLDAS are offset with respect to the piezometric one. In order to assess the influence of local effects, the groundwater level is modeled with the USGS finite-difference ModFlow code using different properties sets of the aquifer deduced from statistical analysis of drill-holes data. Poroelasticity effects resulting from variable saturation of the clay layers observed near the water level on the Bagara site are assessed. The ability of gravity data for monitoring annual and long term water level changes in the uppermost aquifer is then discussed.

  18. A technique for estimating ground-water levels at sites in Rhode Island from observation-well data

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    Socolow, Roy S.; Frimpter, Michael H.; Turtora, Michael; Bell, Richard W.

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    Estimates of future high, median, and low ground- water levels are needed for engineering and architectural design decisions and for appropriate selection of land uses. For example, the failure of individual underground sewage-disposal systems due to high ground-water levels can be prevented if accurate water-level estimates are available. Estimates of extreme or average conditions are needed because short duration preconstruction obser- vations are unlikely to be adequately represen- tative. Water-level records for 40 U.S. Geological Survey observation wells in Rhode Island were used to describe and interpret water-level fluctuations. The maximum annual range of water levels average about 6 feet in sand and gravel and 11 feet in till. These data were used to develop equations for estimating future high, median, and low water levels on the basis of any one measurement at a site and records of water levels at observation wells used as indexes. The estimating technique relies on several assumptions about temporal and spatial variations: (1) Water levels will vary in the future as they have in the past, (2) Water levels fluctuate seasonally (3) Ground-water fluctuations are dependent on site geology, and (4) Water levels throughout Rhode Island are subject to similar precipitation and climate. Comparison of 6,697 estimates of high, median, and low water levels (depth to water level exceeded 95, 50, and 5 percent of the time, respectively) with the actual measured levels exceeded 95, 50, and 5 percent of the time at 14 sites unaffected by pumping and unknown reasons, yielded mean squared errors ranging from 0.34 to 1.53 square feet, 0.30 to 1.22 square feet, and 0.32 to 2.55 square feet, respectively. (USGS)

  19. Analysis and improvements of module incidental interference faults of water level control system pressurize NPP

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    In Daya Bay nuclear power plant, there have been many times that the module used to value the water level outputs a small pulse interference when the pressurizer water level control system is in operation, and the interference exists only in analog storage operation module, which can directly impact the control of the water level of the pressurizer, causing the water level fluctuations and adversely affecting the safe operation of the reactor. This paper analyzes the module incidental interference faults of the water level control system of the NPP pressurizer from the point view of the system control and design of module hardware, and finds out the reasons by the system simulation experiment and power supply circuit test. It is suggested to further improve on the design of hardware loops, add more inductance and capacity to eliminate the interference. (authors)

  20. Fluctuating feather asymmetry in relation to corticosterone levels is sex-dependent in Eurasian treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) nestlings

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    Helle, Samuli; Suorsa, Petri; Huhta, Esa; Hakkarainen, Harri

    2010-01-01

    Fluctuating asymmetry (FA) has been widely used as a stress-related phenotypic marker of developmental instability. However, previous studies relating FA to various stressful conditions have produced inconsistent results and we still lack quantitative individual-level evidence that high FA is related to stress in wild vertebrate species. We studied how baseline plasma levels of corticosterone predicted FA of wing and tail feathers in free-living Eurasian treecreeper (Certhia familiaris) nestlings. We found a sex-specific association between corticosterone levels and FA: high corticosterone levels were related to an increased FA in male but not in female nestlings. These results suggest that in treecreepers, FA may correlate with individual stress hormone levels, male developmental trajectory being potentially more sensitive to stress than that of the female. PMID:20129951

  1. Soil- and plant- water uptake in saline environments and their consequences to plant adaptation in fluctuating climates

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    Volpe, V.; Albertson, J. D.; Katul, G. G.; Marani, M.

    2010-12-01

    Ecological processes determining plant colonization are quite peculiar and competition among different species is governed by a set of unique adaptations to stress conditions caused by drought, hypoxic or hyper-saline conditions. These adaptations and possible positive feedbacks often lead to the formation of patterns of vegetation colonization and spatial heterogeneity (zonation), and play a primary role in the stabilization of sediments. It is these issues that frame the scope of this study. The main objective of this work is to track one of the fundamental pathways between plant adaptation (quantified in terms of physiological and ecological attributes such as leaf area or root density profile) and feedbacks (quantified by plant-mediated alterations to water availability and salinity levels): root water uptake. Because root-water uptake is the main conduit connecting transpiring leaves to reservoirs of soil water, the means by which salinity modifies the processes governing its two end-points and any two-way interactions between them serves as a logical starting point. Salinity effects on leaf transpiration and photosynthesis are first explored via stomatal optimization principles that maximize carbon gain at a given water loss for autonomous leaves. Salinity directly affects leaf physiological attributes such as mesophyll conductance and photosynthetic parameters and hence over-all conductance to transpiration as well as different strategies to cope with the high salinity (e.g. through salt seclusion, compartmentation and osmotic adjustments). A coupled model of subsurface flow based on a modified Richards’ equation that accounts for the effects of increasing salinity, anaerobic conditions, water stress and compensation factors is developed. Plant water uptake is considered as a soil moisture sink term with a potential rate dictated by the carbon demands of the leaves, and an actual rate that accounts for both - hydraulic and salinity limitations. Using this model, the root distribution shape function (e.g. constant, linear, exponential, or power-law) that optimally satisfies these carbon demands and simultaneous hydraulic and salinity constraints of the soil-root system is then determined for a set of forcing variables and boundary conditions. Adaptation speeds and feedback strengths to future climatic fluctuations are explored as ‘departures’ from this equilibrium profile state.

  2. The stratigraphic record of the quaternary sea level fluctuations and the impact of the post-glacial sea level rise (Termination I) in the Adriatic basin (Mediterranean sea)

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    Maselli, Vittorio

    2011-01-01

    The modern stratigraphy of clastic continental margins is the result of the interaction between several geological processes acting on different time scales, among which sea level oscillations, sediment supply fluctuations and local tectonics are the main mechanisms. During the past three years my PhD was focused on understanding the impact of each of these process in the deposition of the central and northern Adriatic sedimentary successions, with the aim of reconstructing and quantifying th...

  3. Fluctuation-induced forces governed by the dielectric properties of water-A contribution to the hydrophobic interaction.

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    Berthoumieux, H; Maggs, A C

    2015-09-14

    The hydrophobic interaction between objects immersed in water is typically attractive and adds to the well-known van der Waals interaction. The former supposedly dominates the latter on nanometric distances and could be of major importance in the assembly of biologic objects. Here, we show that the fluctuation-induced attraction between two objects immersed in a correlated dielectric medium which models water is the sum of a van der Waals term and a short-range contribution that can be identified as part of the hydrophobic interaction. In this framework, we calculate analytically the fluid correlation function and the fluctuation-induced interaction between small and extended inclusions embedded in water and we characterize the hydrophobic terms. PMID:26374044

  4. Experimental study of the fluctuations of an upward air-water flow in the circular pipe

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    Among all the interactions between fluids and mechanical structures, the author is in particular interested in decoupled random excitations due to a two-phase flow on a transverse mechanical structure. The aim of this work is to know the parameters of the two-phase flow which drive the excitation forces of the vibrational modes of these structures. The fluctuations of an upward bubble two-phase flow have been studied in a cylindrical pipe with and without barrier(s). Three measurements techniques have been used to determine the mean characteristics of the flow and the fluctuations of the liquid mass flux and of the liquid movement quantity (nuclear magnetic resonance), of the local void fraction (optical probe) and of the wall pressure (piezoelectric sensor). The obtained results show that the fluctuations of the mass fluxes and of the liquid movement quantities are mainly driven by the fluctuations of the surface void fractions and particularly when the mean void fraction is great. Similarly, the pressure fluctuations are strongly influenced by the surface void fraction fluctuations. In the case of a barrier context, an instability phenomenon, inducing a sudden rise of the void fraction fluctuations in the range of the mean void fraction between 5 and 20 per cent, has been observed. The presence of grids leads to the formation of strong amplitude peaks of the pressure spectra. The study on the evolution of these peaks in terms of gas and liquid velocities implies that the pressure fluctuations, caused by the phenomenon of releases of these two-phase flows, are mainly controlled by the velocity of this mixture and by the fluctuations of the surface void fraction. (author)

  5. Contribution of climate-driven change in continental water storage to recent sea-level rise

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    Milly, P. C. D.; Cazenave, A.; Gennero, C.

    2003-01-01

    Using a global model of continental water balance, forced by interannual variations in precipitation and near-surface atmospheric temperature for the period 1981–1998, we estimate the sea-level changes associated with climate-driven changes in storage of water as snowpack, soil water, and ground water; storage in ice sheets and large lakes is not considered. The 1981–1998 trend is estimated to be 0.12 mm/yr, and substantial interannual fluctuations are inferred; for 1993–1998, the trend is 0....

  6. Stratigraphic analysis of lake level fluctuations in Lake Ohrid: an integration of high resolution hydro-acoustic data and sediment cores

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    Lindhorst, K.; Vogel, H.(); Krastel, S.; Wagner, B.; A. Hilgers; Zander, A.; Schwenk, T.; Wessels, M.; Daut, G.

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    Ancient Lake Ohrid is a steep sided, oligotrophic, karst lake of likely Pliocene age and often referred to as a hotspot of endemic biodiversity. This study aims on tracing significant lake level fluctuations at Lake Ohrid using high-resolution acoustic data in combination with lithological, geochemical, and chronological information from two sediment cores recovered from sub-aquatic terrace levels at ca. 32 and 55 m. According to our data, significant lake level fluctuations with prominent lo...

  7. Fluctuation properties of laser light after interaction with an atomic system: comparison between two-level and multilevel atomic transitions

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    Lezama, A; Kastberg, A; Tanzilli, S; Kaiser, R

    2015-01-01

    The complex internal atomic structure involved in radiative transitions has an effect on the spectrum of fluctuations (noise) of the transmitted light. A degenerate transition has different properties in this respect than a pure two-level transition. We investigate these variations by studying a certain transition between two degenerate atomic levels for different choices of the polarization state of the driving laser. For circular polarization, corresponding to the textbook two-level atom case, the optical spectrum shows the characteristic Mollow triplet for strong laser drive, while the corresponding noise spectrum exhibits squeezing in some frequency ranges. For a linearly polarized drive, corresponding to the case of a multilevel system, additional features appear in both optical and noise spectra. These differences are more pronounced in the regime of a weakly driven transition: whereas the two-level case essentially exhibits elastic scattering, the multilevel case has extra noise terms related to sponta...

  8. A Control Method of Charging Level for Battery Energy Storage System for Smoothing Output Fluctuation of Wind Power Generation

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    Yoshimoto, Katsuhisa; Nanahara, Toshiya; Koshimizu, Gentaro

    This paper proposes a new control method for maintaining a charging level for a battery energy storage system (BESS) coupled with a wind farm (WF) to stabilize WF output. Since output of wind power varies with wind speed, operation of a power system will be influenced if a large number of WFs are interconnected to the power system. The authors have made a research project to conduct demonstration tests of a BESS coupled with a WF to smooth out short-term fluctuations in WF output. In operating the BESS, it is essential to maintain a charging level of a battery within a proper range. This paper thus proposes a new control method called “State-Of-Charge Feedback Control (SOC-FB control)” to stabilize the charging level. In this paper, characteristics of the SOC-FB control are discussed through theoretical analyses with its transfer functions as well as through simulation studies. Analyses on the transfer functions show that the SOC-FB control is effective to stabilize the charging level of the battery. Sensitivity of the control parameters of the SOC-FB control is examined from the viewpoints of the performance of smoothing the output fluctuations and stabilizing the charging level. The performance of the BESS is also examined through simulations using actual WF output data. The results show that charging level is kept within its proper range without deteriorating the smoothing performance by adopting the SOC-FB control, while the charging level goes beyond its proper range without the SOC-FB control. These results clarified the effectiveness of the SOC-FB control to maintain the charging level of the battery. Results of the sensitivity of the control parameters are considered useful to select proper parameters for the control.

  9. Fluctuations of Phytoplankton Community in the Coastal Waters of Caspian Sea in 2006

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    Siamak Bagheri

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: The Caspian Sea ecosystem has been suffered with many problems since 1980s. Aanthropogenic pollution from heavy metals, hydrocarbons, pesticides, changes in the quantity of nutrient inputs by rivers, are significant threats to biodiversity and biological resources such as plankton structure in the Caspian Sea. According to the significant of phytoplankton community in marine system. The state of the fluctuations of phytoplankton communities of the southwestern Caspian Sea was investigated and compared with the findings of before 2006. Approach: Phytoplankton abundance and species composition of the Caspian Sea were evaluated by using samples collected at 12 stations along three transects. Samplings were conducted seasonal in 2006 at 5, 10, 20 and 50 m depth were fixed for each transect in the southwestern Caspian Sea. Results: A total of 39 species phytoplankton species were distinguished during 2006, the annual phytoplankton abundance were calculated as 57, 300±15,550 cells.l-1, which ranged from 89, 250±35, 062 cells.l-1 in September to 16, 200±6,664 cells.l-1 in February. The diatoms formed more than half of the total abundance (61% while cyanophytes were the second important group in view of contribution to total phytoplankton (26% in 2006. The study showed that diatoms Thalassionema nitzschioides, Cyclotella meneghiniana and cyanophyte Osillatoria sp. numerically dominated in this area. Conclusion: The study revealed that diatoms were higher than other groups of phytoplankton in 2006. The hydrology variation, increased fresh water inflow via rivers and a rise in nutrients concentrations have played important roles in blooming of phytoplankton species, e.g., the diatoms in this study, which is also known from other marines. Similar studies on determination of the effects of environmental degradation on phytoplankton and hydrological processes should be taken into account in near future.

  10. Hydrostatic Water Level Systems At Homestake DUSEL

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    Stetler, L. D.; Volk, J. T.

    2009-12-01

    Two arrays of Fermilab-style hydrostatic water level sensors have been installed in the former Homestake gold mine in Lead, SD, the site of the new Deep Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory (DUSEL). Sensors were constructed at Fermilab from 8.5 cm diameter PVC pipe (housing) that was sealed on the ends and fit with a proximity sensor. The instrument have a height of 10 cm. Two ports in each sensor housing provide for connectivity, the upper port for air and the bottom port for water. Multiple instruments connected in series provide a precise water level and differences in readings between successive sensors provide for ground tilt to be resolved. Sensor resolution is 5 ?m per count and has a range of approximately 1.25 cm. Data output from each sensor is relayed to a Fermilab-constructed readout card that also has temperature/relative humidity and barometric pressure sensors connected. All data are relayed out of the mine by fiber optic cable and can be recorded by Ethernet at remote locations. The current arrays have been installed on the 2000-ft level (610 m) and consist of six instruments in each array. Three sensors were placed in a N-S oriented drift and three in an E-W oriented drift. Using this orientation, it is anticipated that tilt direction may be resolved in addition to overall tilt magnitude. To date the data show passage of earth tides and frequency analysis has revealed five components to this signal, three associated with the semi-diurnal (~12.4 hr) and two with the diurnal (~24.9 hr) tides. Currently, installation methods are being analyzed between concrete pillar and rib-mounting using the existing setup on the 2000-ft level. Using these results, two additional arrays of Fermilab instruments will be installed on the 4550-ft and 4850-ft levels (1387 and 1478 m, respectively). In addition to Fermilab instruments, several high resolution Budker tiltmeters (1 ?m resolution) will be installed in the mine workings in the near future, some correlated to Fermilab instruments (for comparative analysis) and others in independent arrays. All tiltmeter data will be analyzed with water reduction data (currently being collected from the #6 winze as the mine is dewatered) and data from rock stress/fracture experiments to document net ground settling due to dewatering, potential collapse of stope areas and renewed excavation activities.

  11. Long-term fluctuations of water resources availability and its implications for a sustainable management of arid agricultural coastal regions

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    Grundmann, Jens; Schütze, Niels

    2015-04-01

    Freshwater scarcity and ongoing population growth associated with increasing water demands are major challenges for water management in coastal arid regions. Excessive use of groundwater for irrigation in agriculture puts those regions at risk of saltwater intrusion which limits agricultural opportunities. Additionally, some arid regions are characterised by a cyclic climate in which longer periods of dry years are followed by longer periods of wet years. This results also in long-term fluctuations of groundwater replenishment rates and water resources availability which may reach the same order of magnitude like long-term average values. Therefore, these long-term fluctuations should be considered for water resources management planning and operation. In order to evaluate their impact a simulation-based integrated water management system for coastal arid regions is used. The management system couples a groundwater module, assessing the water resources availability, and an agricultural module, controlling irrigation and cultivation within an optimisation module which allow for multi-objective optimisation of the water management regarding profitable and sustainable water resources and agricultural management on farm and regional scale. To achieve a fast and robust operation of the water management system, surrogate models are used which emulate the behaviour of physically based process models and a hierarchical optimisation scheme is applied. The water management system is driven by different scenarios of the water resources availability which were generated by using time series analyses and modelling of local groundwater replenishment rates. An application is performed for the south Batinah coastal region in the Sultanate of Oman which is affected by saltwater intrusion into a coastal aquifer system due to excessive groundwater withdrawal for irrigated agriculture. Several scenarios of water resources availability are used to compare long-term and adaptive management strategies and to demonstrate and to evaluate the impact of climate variability regarding agricultural profit and sustainable aquifer management.

  12. Correlation between central corneal thickness and intraocular pressure peak and fluctuation during the water drinking test in glaucoma patients

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    Rafael Lacerda Furlanetto

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between central corneal thickness and outflow facility assessed by intraocular pressure peak and fluctuation during the water drinking test. METHODS: Fifty-five newly diagnosed primary open-angle glaucoma patients submitted to central corneal thickness measurements and water drinking test were enrolled in this retrospective study.;. Patients were divided into three groups according to their central corneal thickness. Pearson's Correlation test was performed in the groups with lower and higher pachymetric values. RESULTS: The mean age was 65,65 ± 28,28 years; 63,63% were female and 52,72% were caucasian. The mean central corneal thickness was 544,32 ± 36,86 µm, and the mean baseline intraocular pressure was 23,36 ± 6,26 mmHg. During the water drinking test, the mean intraocular pressure peak and mean intraocular pressure fluctuation were 30,43 ± 8,13 mmHg and 31,46 ± 18,46%, respectively. No relevant correlation was detected between the central corneal thickness and the intraocular pressure peak (r² = 0,021 or between the central corneal thickness and the intraocular pressure fluctuation (r² = 0,011. Group 1 presented a mean central corneal thickness of 505,81 ± 13,86 µm, and Group 3 was 583,55 ± 27,87 µm (p = 0,001. The mean intraocular pressure peak was 31,05 ± 9,05 mmHg and 27,83 ± 4,92 mmHg in Group 1 and in Group 3, respectively (p = 0,193. The difference of intraocular pressure fluctuation was not statistically significant between Group 1 (mean 28,47±16,25% and Group3 (mean 33,27 ± 21,27% (p = 0,43. CONCLUSION: In our case series, no correlation was found between central corneal thickness and water drinkingtest results.

  13. Correlation between central corneal thickness and intraocular pressure peak and fluctuation during the water drinking test in glaucoma patients

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    Rafael Lacerda, Furlanetto; Antonio Carlos, Facio Jr; Marcelo, Hatanaka; Remo, Susanna Junior.

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between central corneal thickness and outflow facility assessed by intraocular pressure peak and fluctuation during the water drinking test. METHODS: Fifty-five newly diagnosed primary open-angle glaucoma patients submitted to central corneal thickness measu [...] rements and water drinking test were enrolled in this retrospective study.;. Patients were divided into three groups according to their central corneal thickness. Pearson's Correlation test was performed in the groups with lower and higher pachymetric values. RESULTS: The mean age was 65,65 ± 28,28 years; 63,63% were female and 52,72% were caucasian. The mean central corneal thickness was 544,32 ± 36,86 µm, and the mean baseline intraocular pressure was 23,36 ± 6,26 mmHg. During the water drinking test, the mean intraocular pressure peak and mean intraocular pressure fluctuation were 30,43 ± 8,13 mmHg and 31,46 ± 18,46%, respectively. No relevant correlation was detected between the central corneal thickness and the intraocular pressure peak (r² = 0,021) or between the central corneal thickness and the intraocular pressure fluctuation (r² = 0,011). Group 1 presented a mean central corneal thickness of 505,81 ± 13,86 µm, and Group 3 was 583,55 ± 27,87 µm (p = 0,001). The mean intraocular pressure peak was 31,05 ± 9,05 mmHg and 27,83 ± 4,92 mmHg in Group 1 and in Group 3, respectively (p = 0,193). The difference of intraocular pressure fluctuation was not statistically significant between Group 1 (mean 28,47±16,25%) and Group3 (mean 33,27 ± 21,27%) (p = 0,43). CONCLUSION: In our case series, no correlation was found between central corneal thickness and water drinkingtest results.

  14. Sensitivity of polarization fluctuations to the nature of protein-water interactions: study of biological water in four different protein-water systems.

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    Ghosh, Rikhia; Banerjee, Saikat; Hazra, Milan; Roy, Susmita; Bagchi, Biman

    2014-12-14

    Since the time of Kirkwood, observed deviations in magnitude of the dielectric constant of aqueous protein solution from that of neat water (?80) and slower decay of polarization have been subjects of enormous interest, controversy, and debate. Most of the common proteins have large permanent dipole moments (often more than 100 D) that can influence structure and dynamics of even distant water molecules, thereby affecting collective polarization fluctuation of the solution, which in turn can significantly alter solution's dielectric constant. Therefore, distance dependence of polarization fluctuation can provide important insight into the nature of biological water. We explore these aspects by studying aqueous solutions of four different proteins of different characteristics and varying sizes, chicken villin headpiece subdomain (HP-36), immunoglobulin binding domain protein G (GB1), hen-egg white lysozyme (LYS), and Myoglobin (MYO). We simulate fairly large systems consisting of single protein molecule and 20000-30000 water molecules (varied according to the protein size), providing a concentration in the range of ?2-3 mM. We find that the calculated dielectric constant of the system shows a noticeable increment in all the cases compared to that of neat water. Total dipole moment auto time correlation function of water ??MW(0)?MW(t)? is found to be sensitive to the nature of the protein. Surprisingly, dipole moment of the protein and total dipole moment of the water molecules are found to be only weakly coupled. Shellwise decomposition of water molecules around protein reveals higher density of first layer compared to the succeeding ones. We also calculate heuristic effective dielectric constant of successive layers and find that the layer adjacent to protein has much lower value (?50). However, progressive layers exhibit successive increment of dielectric constant, finally reaching a value close to that of bulk 4-5 layers away. We also calculate shellwise orientational correlation function and tetrahedral order parameter to understand the local dynamics and structural re-arrangement of water. Theoretical analysis providing simple method for calculation of shellwise local dielectric constant and implication of these findings are elaborately discussed in the present work. PMID:25494802

  15. Sensitivity of polarization fluctuations to the nature of protein-water interactions: Study of biological water in four different protein-water systems

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    Ghosh, Rikhia; Banerjee, Saikat; Hazra, Milan; Roy, Susmita; Bagchi, Biman

    2014-12-01

    Since the time of Kirkwood, observed deviations in magnitude of the dielectric constant of aqueous protein solution from that of neat water (˜80) and slower decay of polarization have been subjects of enormous interest, controversy, and debate. Most of the common proteins have large permanent dipole moments (often more than 100 D) that can influence structure and dynamics of even distant water molecules, thereby affecting collective polarization fluctuation of the solution, which in turn can significantly alter solution's dielectric constant. Therefore, distance dependence of polarization fluctuation can provide important insight into the nature of biological water. We explore these aspects by studying aqueous solutions of four different proteins of different characteristics and varying sizes, chicken villin headpiece subdomain (HP-36), immunoglobulin binding domain protein G (GB1), hen-egg white lysozyme (LYS), and Myoglobin (MYO). We simulate fairly large systems consisting of single protein molecule and 20000-30000 water molecules (varied according to the protein size), providing a concentration in the range of ˜2-3 mM. We find that the calculated dielectric constant of the system shows a noticeable increment in all the cases compared to that of neat water. Total dipole moment auto time correlation function of water ??MW(0)?MW(t)? is found to be sensitive to the nature of the protein. Surprisingly, dipole moment of the protein and total dipole moment of the water molecules are found to be only weakly coupled. Shellwise decomposition of water molecules around protein reveals higher density of first layer compared to the succeeding ones. We also calculate heuristic effective dielectric constant of successive layers and find that the layer adjacent to protein has much lower value (˜50). However, progressive layers exhibit successive increment of dielectric constant, finally reaching a value close to that of bulk 4-5 layers away. We also calculate shellwise orientational correlation function and tetrahedral order parameter to understand the local dynamics and structural re-arrangement of water. Theoretical analysis providing simple method for calculation of shellwise local dielectric constant and implication of these findings are elaborately discussed in the present work.

  16. EFECTOS DE LA FLUCTUACIÓN DEL NIVEL DEL AGUA SOBRE LA ESTRUCTURA DEL ENSAMBLAJE DE ROTÍFEROS EN EL LAGO LARGO (SISTEMA YAHUARCACA - LLANURA DE INUNDACIÓN DEL RÍO AMAZONAS - COLOMBIA) / Effects of water level fluctuation on rotifers assemblage structure in Largo lake (Yahuarcaca sistem - river Amazon floodplain - Colombia)

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    CAMILO, ANDRADE-SOSSA; MIGDALIA, GARCÍA-FOLLECO; CARLOS A., RODRÍGUEZ-MUNAR; SANTIAGO R., DUQUE; EMILIO, REALPE.

    2011-12-30

    Full Text Available Se realizó un reconocimiento taxonómico y estimación de la densidad en el ensamblaje de rotíferos en el lago Largo, del sistema de lagos Yahuarcaca, en la ribera colombiana del río Amazonas, a partir de muestreos en las fases hidrológicas de aguas bajas, ascenso y descenso. Se identificaron 68 espec [...] ies, 28 de ellas son nuevos registros para ambientes colombianos. Se encontró aumento en la riqueza en las épocas de ascenso y descenso, siendo mayor en la zona litoral respecto de la limnética, y la tendencia a mayor similitud taxonómica entre ambas zonas en el periodo de aguas bajas, debido al mínimo desarrollo de macrófitas en esta fase y la consecuente menor heterogeneidad espacial. Se observó el predominio de rotíferos con trofi adaptados para moler y triturar partículas (maleado y maleorramado) en las épocas de aguas bajas (Brachionus ahlstromi) y descenso (Filina saltator) y en la época de ascenso de Polyarthra vulgaris, con trofi adaptado para perforar y succionar fluidos de algas y otros organismos (virgado) y apéndices que favorecen la rápida natación. En general, se establecieron posibles relaciones entre la riqueza y la densidad de rotíferos con cambios en características como el desarrollo de vegetación acuática en el litoral, profundidad del lago, nivel de conectividad con los otros lagos del sistema Yahuarcaca, influencia de aguas blancas del Amazonas y negras de origen local, potenciales recursos nutricionales y depredadores, y posible efecto de arrastre por la corriente. Abstract in english We conducted a taxonomic recognition and density estimation of the assemblage of rotifers in Lake Largo, in the floodplain system of Yahuarcaca, connected with the Amazon River, in Colombia. Two samplings were made for each hydrological phase (low water, filling and draining phases); 68 species were [...] identified, 28 of them are new records for Colombian environments. We found an increased in species richness in the filling and draining phases, being higher in the littoral than in limnetic region, and a tendency to a higher taxonomic similarity between the two areas during low water periods, due to the reduced macrophyte development in that period and consequent reduced spatial heterogeneity. We observed the predominance of rotifers with trophi adapted for grinding and crushing particles (malleate and malleorramate) in low water phase (Brachionus ahlstromi) and draining phase (Filina saltator) and Polyarthra vulgaris, with a trophi adapted to pierce and suck out the fluids of algae and other organisms (virgate), and appendices that support the rapid swimming, at the filling phase. In general, we established possible relations between rotifers richness and density with changes in characteristics as the development of aquatic vegetation in the littoral zone, lake depth, level of connectivity with other lakes of Yahuarcaca system, level of influence of white waters from the Amazon river, and black waters from local origin, potentials nutritional resources and predators, and drag effect by the current.

  17. Has sea level fluctuations modulated human settlements in Gulf of Khambhat (Cambay)?

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    Nigam, R.; Hashimi, N.H.

    RADIO CARBON DATES (K.YEARS B.P.) Fig.l. Holocene sea level curve for western Indian continental margin. Arrow showing the position of sea level ~9500 B.P. hyphenminus the time for the Neolithic settlement in Gulf of Khambhat (modified after Hashimi et...

  18. An oxidative fluctuation hypothesis of aging generated by imaging H?O? levels in live Caenorhabditis elegans with altered lifespans.

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    Fu, Xinmiao; Tang, Yan; Dickinson, Bryan C; Chang, Christopher J; Chang, Zengyi

    2015-03-20

    Reactive oxygen species (ROS) are important factors mediating aging according to the free radical theory of aging. Few studies have systematically measured ROS levels in relationship to aging, partly due to the lack of tools for detection of specific ROS in live animals. By using the H?O?-specific fluorescence probe Peroxy Orange 1, we assayed the H?O? levels of live Caenorhabditis elegans with 41 aging-related genes being individually knocked down by RNAi. Knockdown of 14 genes extends the lifespan but increases H?O? level or shortens the lifespan but decreases H?O? level, contradicting the free radical theory of aging. Strikingly, a significant inverse correlation between lifespan and the normalized standard deviation of H?O? levels was observed (p < 0.0001). Such inverse correlation was also observed in worms cultured under heat shock conditions. An oxidative fluctuation hypothesis of aging is thus proposed and suggests that the ability of animals to homeostatically maintain the ROS levels within a narrow range is more important for lifespan extension than just minimizing the ROS levels though the latter still being crucial. PMID:25701790

  19. Secondary mineral evidence of large-scale water table fluctuations at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada

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    At Yucca Mountain, currently under consideration as a potential permanent underground repository for high-level radioactive wastes, the present-day water table is 500 to 700 m deep. This thick unsaturated zone (UZ) is part of the natural barrier system and is regarded as a positive attribute of the potential site. The USGS has studied the stable isotopes and petrography of secondary calcite and silica minerals that coat open spaces in the UZ and form irregular veins and masses in the saturated zone (SZ). This paper reviews the findings from the several studies undertaken at Yucca Mountain on its mineralogy

  20. Secondary mineral evidence of large-scale water table fluctuations at Yucca Mountain, Nye County, Nevada

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    Whelan, J.F.; Moscati, R.J.; Marshall, B.D [Geological Survey, Denver, CO (United States). Yucca Mountain Project Branch; Roedder, E. [Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA (United States)

    1997-12-01

    At Yucca Mountain, currently under consideration as a potential permanent underground repository for high-level radioactive wastes, the present-day water table is 500 to 700 m deep. This thick unsaturated zone (UZ) is part of the natural barrier system and is regarded as a positive attribute of the potential site. The USGS has studied the stable isotopes and petrography of secondary calcite and silica minerals that coat open spaces in the UZ and form irregular veins and masses in the saturated zone (SZ). This paper reviews the findings from the several studies undertaken at Yucca Mountain on its mineralogy.

  1. Water levels in continuously monitored wells in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada, 1989

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    Water levels have been monitored hourly in 16 wells representing 24 intervals in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada. Water levels were monitored using pressure transducers and were recorded by data loggers. The pressure transducers were periodically calibrated by raising and lowering them in the wells. The water levels were normally measured at approximately the same time that the transducers were calibrated. Where the transducer output appeared reasonable, it was converted to water levels using the calibrations and manual water-level measurements. The amount of transducer output that was converted to water levels ranged from zero for one interval to 100 percent for one interval. Fifteen of the wells were completed in Tertiary volcanic rocks and one well was completed in Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Each well monitored from one to four depth intervals. Water-level fluctuation caused by barometric pressure changes and earth tides were observed. Transducer output is presented in graphic form and, where appropriate, water-level altitude is presented in graphical and tabular form

  2. Effect of irregular fluctuations in Antarctic precipitation on global sea level

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    Oerlemans, J

    1981-01-01

    One of the reasons for the continuing interest in the global sea level is that secular variations may be caused. by climatic changes. Such a change could, :for example, be an atmospheric warming due to CO, accumulation., Changes in the amount of ice in the major ice sheets. will be reflected in secular variations of sea level; it has, for example, been suggested that ice-shelf, thinning may change the drainage of parts of the Antarctic Ice Sheet Attempts to. monitor clima...

  3. Growth of floating-leaved and submerged plants in artificial co-cultured microcosms: morphological responses to various water fluctuation regimes

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    Hydrocharis dubia can alternate between a rooted floating-leaved and a free-floating form, so given increasingly frequent precipitation extremes, it is not expected to be more negatively impacted by rapid water fluctuations than by gradual ones and may adapt water fluctuations by alteration of life forms. However, the opposite may be true for Nymphoides peltata, with only a rooted floating-leaved form. We designed an experiment combining six water depth treatments (constant shallow, constant deep, and two rapidly and two gradually fluctuating treatments) with three speciescombinations (N. peltata H. dubia, N. peltata Ceratophyllum demersum, and H. dubia C. demersum) to investigate plant responses to depth fluctuations and their co-cultured species. The total mass of N. peltata was considerably lower in the rapidly- than in the gradually-fluctuating treatments. However, total mass of H. dubia in the rapidly-fluctuating treatments was similar to or higher than in the gradually-fluctuating ones. Rapid fluctuations had a negative impact on the growth of C. demersum than gradual fluctuating. The floating-leaved species demonstrated divergent adaptive strategies to different water fluctuation patterns. In addition to expanding leaf blades, H. dubia can adapt to changing water depths by changing its life form. However, N. peltata, which mainly relies on morphological plasticity, such as petiole elongation, to adapt to water rise may reduce its abundance in communities subjected to increasingly frequent floods. The growth of submerged C. demersum, either co-occurring with H. dubia or with N. peltata, may be repressed by high flooding rates. (author)

  4. Climate-driven changes in water level

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    Hansen, Rikke Bjerring; Olsen, Jesper; Jeppesen, Erik; Buchardt, Bjørn; Heinemeier, Jan; McGowan, Suzanne; Leavitt, Peter R.; Enevold, Renée; Odgaard, Bent Vad

    2013-01-01

    hydrology driven by precipitation. The isotopic, sedimentary and plant macrofossil records suggested that the lake level started to decrease around 8400 cal. yr BP, the decrease accelerating during 8350-8260 before an abrupt increase during 8260-8210. This pattern shows that the climate anomaly started...... rates of cladoceran subfossils and algal pigments, possibly due to increased turbidity and reduced nutrient input during this drier period. Pigment analysis also showed added importance of diatoms and cryptophytes during this climate anomaly, while cyanobacteria became more important when the water...... throughout the period. The lake did not return to its pre-8.2-ka event status during the period of analysis, but remained more productive for centuries after the climatic anomaly as judged from the pigment accumulation and assemblage composition. The change to more eutrophic conditions may have been...

  5. Sea-level fluctuations and coastal evolution in the state of Rio de Janeiro, southeastern Brazil

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    JOÃO WAGNER A., CASTRO; KENITIRO, SUGUIO; JOSÉ C.S., SEOANE; ALINE M. DA, CUNHA; FABIO F., DIAS.

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available O presente trabalho tem como objetivo investigar as variações do nível relativo do mar e a evolução costeira durante o Holoceno no litoral do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, com base em indicadores geológicos e biológicos. Realizou-se levantamento altimétrico, execução de sondagens e datações ao 14C na pl [...] anície costeira e em afloramentos de rochas de praia. A partir dos dados obtidos, construiu-se uma curva do nível relativo do mar para o Holoceno. Pela primeira vez na costa brasileira foi identificado um recorde negativo do nível relativo do mar, envolvendo a transição final do Pleistoceno e início do Holoceno. Após a transição, iniciou-se um processo relativamente rápido de subida do nível do mar. Há aproximadamente 8.500 anos cal A.P., o nível marinho, encontrava-se a - 0.5 m abaixo do nível atual. O “zero” (nível médio atual) foi ultrapassado pela primeira vez no Holoceno há cerca de 7.500 anos A.P. Entre 5.500 - 4.500 cal anos A.P, o nível relativo do mar atingiu o primeiro máximo holocênico com altura máxima de +2.50 m acima do atual. A descida do nível relativo do mar subseqüente ao máximo transgressivo, levou à construção de terraços marinhos, resultando na progradação da linha de costa até o presente. A maioria dos resultados corroboram dados já obtidos em outros segmentos da costa atlântica da América do Sul. Resultados aqui apresentados são consistentes com pesquisas anteriores e ajudam refinar o registro do nível relativo do mar Holoceno na costa brasileira. Abstract in english The present paper aims to investigate the relative sea-level and the coastal evolution during the Holocene in the Rio de Janeiro coastline, based on geological and biological indicators. Using topographic survey, excavation and coring, and 14C dating of these coastal deposits and beachrocks outcrops [...] , we have reconstructed a sea-level curve for the Holocene. For the first time on the Brazilian coast it was identified a negative record of relative sea-level during Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene transition. After the transition, a relatively rapid increase of sea-level began. At approximately at 8500 cal yr BP, the sea-level was 0.5 m below the current level, was overtaken for the first time in the Holocene, at approximately 7500 cal yr BP. The maximum level of +2.5 m was reached between 4770 and 4490 cal yr BP. At the point of maximum transgression, the sea-level began a general behavior of lowering until the present. These results confirm other data already obtained elsewhere along the Atlantic coast of South America. The results of this study are consistent with previous researches and they help to refine the Holocene sea-level record along the Brazilian coast.

  6. Potential Effects of Climate Change on the Water Level, Flora and Macro-fauna of a Large Neotropical Wetland

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    Úbeda, Bárbara; Di Giacomo, Adrian S.; Neiff, Juan José; Loiselle, Steven A.; Guadalupe Poi, Alicia S.; Gálvez, José Ángel; Casco, Silvina; Cózar, Andrés

    2013-01-01

    Possible consequences of climate change in one of the world’s largest wetlands (Ibera, Argentina) were analysed using a multi-scale approach. Climate projections coupled to hydrological models were used to analyse variability in wetland water level throughout the current century. Two potential scenarios of greenhouse gas emissions were explored, both resulting in an increase in the inter-annual fluctuations of the water level. In the scenario with higher emissions, projections also showed a l...

  7. Drinking Water Maximum Contaminant Levels (MCLs)

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    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — National Primary Drinking Water Regulations (NPDWRs or primary standards) are legally enforceable standards that apply to public water systems. Primary standards...

  8. Stratigraphic study of beach features on the southwestern shore of Lake Michigan: new evidence of Holocene lake-level fluctuations. Environmental geology notes

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    Research conducted in the Chicago area over the past decade has resulted in detailed interpretation of changes. Stratigraphic studies, coupled with radiocarbon dating, indicate that conspicuous fluctuations of Lake Michigan have occurred during the past 2,000 years - a period previously recognized as one of relatively stable levels. Results of this study indicate a pattern of lake level changes not discernible in the 125-year historically recorded and measured changes; the historically recorded changes in lake level represent only part of a long-term, naturally fluctuating trend that in some cases may have exceeded the maxima and minima of the historically-recorded lake levels

  9. Reticulate evolution and sea-level fluctuations together drove species diversification of slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum) in South-East Asia.

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    Guo, Yan-Yan; Luo, Yi-Bo; Liu, Zhong-Jian; Wang, Xiao-Quan

    2015-06-01

    South-East Asia covers four of the world's biodiversity hotspots, showing high species diversity and endemism. Owing to the successive expansion and contraction of distribution and the fragmentation by geographical barriers, the tropical flora greatly diversified in this region during the Tertiary, but the evolutionary tempo and mode of species diversity remain poorly investigated. Paphiopedilum, the largest genus of slipper orchids comprising nearly 100 species, is mainly distributed in South-East Asia, providing an ideal system for exploring how plant species diversity was shaped in this region. Here, we investigated the evolutionary history of this genus with eight cpDNA regions and four low-copy nuclear genes. Discordance between gene trees and network analysis indicates that reticulate evolution occurred in the genus. Ancestral area reconstruction suggests that vicariance and long-distance dispersal together led to its current distribution. Diversification rate variation was detected and strongly correlated with the species diversity in subg. Paphiopedilum (~80 species). The shift of speciation rate in subg. Paphiopedilum was coincident with sea-level fluctuations in the late Cenozoic, which could have provided ecological opportunities for speciation and created bridges or barriers for gene flow. Moreover, some other factors (e.g. sympatric distribution, incomplete reproductive barriers and clonal propagation) might also be advantageous for the formation and reproduction of hybrid species. In conclusion, our study suggests that the interplay of reticulate evolution and sea-level fluctuations has promoted the diversification of the genus Paphiopedilum and sheds light into the evolution of Orchidaceae and the historical processes of plant species diversification in South-East Asia. PMID:25847454

  10. Performance of broilers submitted to high CO2 levels during incubation combined with temperature fluctuations at late post-hatch

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    JIM, Fernandes; C, Bortoluzzi; AFG, Esser; JP, Contini; PB, Stokler; D, Faust.

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Incubation represents around 1/3 of the life cycle of broilers of modern strains; therefore, the appropriate management of this period is crucial to ensure the quality of the neonate. An experiment evaluated the effect of carbon dioxide concentrations during incubation on the live performance, heart [...] morphology, and differential leukocyte count in the blood of broilers submitted to fluctuating temperatures between 35 and 42 days of age. In total, 2,520 fertile eggs were distributed according to a completely randomized design with four CO2 concentrations (4,000; 6,000; 8,000 and 10,000 ppm) during the first ten days of incubation, after which all eggs were incubated at the same CO2 level (4,000 ppm). After hatching, male chicks were placed in the experimental broiler houses, and at 35 days of age, 25 birds from each level of CO2 were separated and placed in cages to study the effect of cyclic temperature variations up to 42 days of age on their live performance, heterophil:lymphocyte ratio, and heart morphology. At 42 days of age, blood was collected for hematology and two birds per replicate were sacrificed and evaluated for ascites score and heart and liver relative weights. Heart morphology was assessed by analyzing digital images. In this experiment, hypercapnia during incubation and fluctuating temperatures during the growout did not affect mortality, ascites score, heart and liver relative weights, or heart characteristics (p>0.05). However, heterophill:lymphocyte ratio increased (p

  11. Fluctuation properties of laser light after interaction with an atomic system: Comparison between two-level and multilevel atomic transitions

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    Lezama, A.; Rebhi, R.; Kastberg, A.; Tanzilli, S.; Kaiser, R.

    2015-09-01

    The complex internal atomic structure involved in radiative transitions has an effect on the spectrum of fluctuations (noise) of the transmitted light. A degenerate transition has different properties in this respect than a pure two-level transition. We investigate these variations by studying a certain transition between two degenerate atomic levels for different choices of the polarization state of the driving laser. For circular polarization, corresponding to the textbook two-level-atom case, the optical spectrum shows the characteristic Mollow triplet for strong laser drive, while the corresponding noise spectrum exhibits squeezing in some frequency ranges. For a linearly polarized drive, corresponding to the case of a multilevel system, additional features appear in both optical and noise spectra. These differences are more pronounced in the regime of a weakly driven transition: whereas the two-level case essentially exhibits elastic scattering, the multilevel case has extra noise terms related to spontaneous Raman transitions. We also discuss the possibility to experimentally observe these predicted differences for the commonly encountered case where the laser drive has excess noise in its phase quadrature.

  12. Fluctuations in indoor radon levels in dwellings in a volcanic area of a temperate tropical region

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    Mexico City is located in the central section of the Neo-Volcanic Mexican Belt at an altitude of 2240 m. Air pollution is currently a huge environmental problem in the city. With the aim of determining any anomalous behavior patterns in relation to indoor radon, which could possibly have had an effect on patients with lung diseases who are smokers, a study was performed in indoor atmospheres over a period of several months. Radon was measured using both passive and continuous radon monitoring devices. The results of our investigations indicate that the dwellings of patients with lung diseases show no special characteristics as compared to homes included in a control group. However, in both cases, an enhancement in the indoor radon concentration levels during the night and early morning periods was observed, the periods in which most people are at home resting. (orig.)

  13. Dynamics of a Landau–Zener non-dissipative system with fluctuating energy levels

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    This paper considers a Landau–Zener (two-level) system influenced by a three-dimensional Gaussian and non-Gaussian coloured noise and finds a general form of the time dependent diabatic quantum bit (qubit) flip transition probabilities in the fast, intermediate and slow noise limits. The qubit flip probability is observed to mimic (for low-frequencies noise) that of the standard LZ problem. The qubit flip probability is also observed to be the measure of quantum coherence of states. The transition probability is observed to be tailored by non-Gaussian low-frequency noise and otherwise by Gaussian low-frequency coloured noise. Intermediate and fast noise limits are observed to alter the memory of the system in time and found to improve and control quantum information processing

  14. Holocene Sea-Level Fluctuations and Paleo-environmental changes in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, using stable isotopes

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    Martinez de Lecea, Ander; Green, Andrew; Wiles, Errol; Strachan, Kate; Cooper, Andrew

    2015-04-01

    Mozambique has been classified as a "hot-spot" for potential impacts derived from sea-level rise, yet there is little knowledge on past sea-level fluctuation in this part of the world. Further understanding of sea-level fluctuations in the region would be of great benefit. To this end a high resolution record of paleo-environmental changes in Maputo Bay, Mozambique, are determined. Stable isotope analyses (?13Corg; ?15N; ?18O) are conducted on the sediment organic matter and foraminifera Elphidium crispum from two cores, a 3.6 m long core collected at 5m below mean sea-level (m.s.l.) (Core V13) and a 6.2 m long core collected at 13.5m below m.s.l. (Core V40). Evolution of the region is informed through a seismic study and dating of cores is under-way using 14C analysis. The two cores analysed in this study showed evidence of catastrophic flooding events, as well as environmental changes. Core V13 represents a higher resolution of environmental changes, while core V40 shows a longer period, with the system changing from terrestrial dominated environment to marine, to terrestrially dominated once again before settling at the present system of marine dominated environment. The deepest layer of Core V13 is of marine origin with evidence of beachrock formation occurring, indicating a beach environment, while the top 190 cm indicate repeated alternation between marine and terrestrial environments, representing a contemporary highstand bay-head delta highly influenced by terrestrial input. This is further supported by the seismic interpretation. Enriched ?15N signatures from the terrestrial layers from the top 190 cm, could suggest the settling of early Europeans in the area (~1,544 AD). Core V40's deepest layer is of terrestrial origin, and terminates abruptly in marine sand, most likely due to the sudden, catastrophic collapse of the dune barrier following sea-level rise. Comparisons of preliminary results with existing studies suggests that this core covers a time period of almost 10 ka yr BP and we anticipate that the 14C results will confirm this. Finally, there is evidence of vegetation change in Maputo Bay through time; core V40's terrestrial strata have a strong C3 plant (original forest) signature, while the terrestrial strata from core V13 have a C4 plant (current crops) signature. Our results suggest that Maputo Bay represents an extremely dynamic environment for at least the last 9 ka yr BP, where sudden, catastrophic events can occur, and provide important insights into the environmental evolution of the region.

  15. A Simple Water Balance Approach to Monitor Lake Water Level Changes: Validation using TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason Altimetry Data

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    Velpuri, N.; Senay, G. B.; Alemu, H.; Asante, K. O.

    2008-12-01

    A simple water balance approach is adapted to monitor water resources in semi-arid region of east Africa by integrating coarse and dynamic datasets such as rainfall with fine and static elevation datasets. The model takes in Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) rainfall data, modeled runoff and reference evapotranspiration (ET) data to monitor changes in lake water heights. Shuttle Radar Topography Mission Digital Elevation Model (SRTM DEM) was used to delineate lake Turkana watershed. A simple water balance modeling approach was applied on Turkana basin to estimate lake water level heights for ten years (1997- 2008) and the results were compared with TOPEX/Poseidon and Jason satellite altimeter data. It was observed that simple water balance approach could capture the trend and seasonal variations of lake water fluctuations as measured by the satellite. The El Nino year of 1998 and the following consecutive dry years until 2002 are captured well on both. A mean deviation up to 30 cm of lake water height was found when compared to the satellite measurements. The satellite measurements made since 2004 showed that the lake water height gradually reduced, whereas simulations made using the water balance model showed an increasing trend. This could be reasoned by the fact that, on the Omo river, which contributes to over 80% of the lake inflows, a dam was commissioned in 2004. Knowledge of such processes occurring upstream or downstream is often required while analyzing satellite altimetry data to avoid misinterpretation. Although the absolute accuracy is low, the advantage of the simple water balance method lies in its ability to: (i) capture the trend and seasonal variations of water level fluctuations of small to large lakes around the world; (ii) when coupled with ground measurements or satellite altimetry data for lake water heights, the simple water balance method can identify the presence and absence of upstream and downstream processes; (iii) since water balance approach gives water level variations assuming no flow regulating mechanisms, the simulations can be used to study the impact of climate change on the hydrology of the basin.

  16. Shelf Sediment Export Controlled by Pleistocene Ice Volume Fluctuations From the Cool Water Carbonate Slope of the Great Australian Bight: ODP Site 1130

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    Siedlecki, S. A.; Brooks, G. R.; Brunner, C.; Hine, A. C.; Flower, B. P.; Hastings, D. W.; Mallinson, D.

    2001-12-01

    Oxygen isotope data from the Pleistocene section of Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) Site 1130 in the Great Australian Bight (GBA) show that shelf sediment export along the cool-water carbonate margin is linked to changes in global ice volume. The GAB is a site of extensive cool-water carbonate deposition, but little is known about how these deposits respond to climatic fluctuations. Overall, these rapidly deposited sediments exhibit a shallowing upward sequence, which is likely due to the progradation of the shelf margin during the Pleistocene. Superimposed on this, is a meter scale cyclic alternation between dark-colored, coarser-grained, high-Mg calcite units and light-colored, fine-grained, carbonate-rich units consisting predominantly of low-Mg calcite. The former was interpreted to represent enhanced shelf sediment export. The latter was interpreted to represent a strong pelagic contribution due to a decrease in shelf sediment export. Oxygen isotope analyses using Gs. ruber, conducted at approximately four-meter intervals could not be conclusively linked to these lithologic units possibly due to the rapid fluctuations in sediment types making this low resolution sampling inadequate for the high sedimentation rate (>33cm/ka). Preliminary sub-meter scale oxygen isotope data, with sampling density averaging every 75cm, also using Gs. ruber, was analyzed from about 30-50 mbsf. These early results show that dark, coarse-grained, and high Mg-calcite units, coincide with heavier values of the ? 18O. Lights, fine-grained, low-Mg calcite rich units, coincide with the lighter oxygen isotope values. Work is in progress to determine the chronology of these glacial episodes. Since these fluctuations in the oxygen isotope record are mainly controlled by changes in global ice volume, and thus changes in sea level, shelf sediment export appears to be enhanced during glacial episodes when sea level is lower. During interglacials, when sea level is higher, shelf sediment export decreases and the pelagic contribution dominates. This relationship between shelf sediment export and sea level questions whether this cool-water carbonate ramp reacts more like a terrigenous clastic system or a carbonate system.

  17. Episodic outgassing and lava level fluctuations at Kilauea Volcano's summit lava lake in Halema`uma`u Crater

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    Patrick, M. R.; Orr, T. R.; Sutton, A. J.; Lev, E.; Fee, D.

    2014-12-01

    Kilauea's ongoing summit eruption began in March 2008 and has been characterized by a lava lake deep within an enlarging pit in Halema'uma'u Crater. The level of lava in the lake has exhibited cyclic rise and fall behavior, accompanied by episodic seismic and infrasonic tremor. From 2010 on, this episodic behavior has involved the lake abruptly switching between "spattering" and "non-spattering" regimes. Spattering phases consist of spattering and passive outgassing from the lake, as well as elevated tremor and a vigorous gas plume. Non-spattering phases are associated only with passive outgassing from the lake, with unusually low tremor and a weak gas plume. Non-spattering phases usually last several hours and often correspond with the lava lake level abruptly rising, in some cases up to 20 m. We consider these episodic lava level fluctuations a type of "gas pistoning", and focus on events in 2010 and 2013-2014. We interpret the gas pistoning to be driven by shallow gas accumulation near the top of the lava lake, based on long-term multidisciplinary monitoring including seismicity, infrasound, gas emission and geochemistry, lake level and surface motion, and robust visual and time-lapse camera observations which comprise a comprehensive characterization of gas pistoning at Kilauea. Competing models for gas pistoning, such as deeply sourced gas slugs, or dynamic pressure balances, are not consistent with the gas geochemistry or other observations at Halema'uma'u. The observed spattering regime represents significant decoupling of gas bubbles in the lake, while the non-spattering regime represents gas bubbles largely coupled, and downwelling, with the circulating lava. Gas pistons reflect a slight imbalance in gas influx/outflux at the lake surface during the non-spattering phases, associated with gas accumulating beneath the lake surface. These data illustrate the complex and episodic nature of gas emission from a lava lake. Unlike other lava lakes which have cyclic behavior that is thought to be controlled by deeply sourced processes external to the lake itself, the lake at Halema`uma`u Crater provides an example of lava lake fluctuations driven by cycles of activity that are shallowly rooted.

  18. Portable Water Level Monitoring System via SMS

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    Jomar S. Vitales

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    Full Text Available Damages and lives taken by the typhoon Ondoy and other super typhoons brought the researchers to think and develop a device that warns people an hour or more than an hour before the devastating phenomena. In this project the researchers have thought of using text messaging in which the country’s leading means of communication. The development of the project was guided by the Engineering Design Cycle of Dr. Allan Cheville in his book entitled “Rocket Engineering”. The researchers have identified and used the needed materials which are suited in the intended function of the project. The project was already evaluated and had gathered a favorable response from the knowledgeable respondents in the field where the design project is intended to use. The project has a high acceptability level in the respondents’ point of view. The researchers are highly recommending the implementation of the project for a better testing in the incoming rainy season and also recommending to be placed in the Pantalan Bridge in Pantalan, Nasugbu, Batangas, Philippines. The researchers are also suggesting another study for a better water proof casing of the project.

  19. County Level Assessment of Impaired Waters and Gastrointestinal Infections

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    Water quality data are measured at a watershed level and health data are organized at different levels of aggregation therefore, assessing the population-level impact of water quality on health can be difficult. To address this discrepancy and enable the consideration of water ...

  20. Historical impact of water infrastructure on water levels of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap system

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    Cochrane, T. A.; Arias, M. E.; Piman, T.

    2014-11-01

    The rapid rate of water infrastructure development in the Mekong Basin is a cause for concern due to its potential impact on fisheries and downstream natural ecosystems. In this paper, we analyze the historical water levels of the Mekong River and Tonle Sap system by comparing pre- and post-1991 daily observations from six stations along the Mekong mainstream from Chiang Saen (northern Thailand), to Stung Treng (Cambodia), and the Prek Kdam station on the Tonle Sap River. Observed alterations in water level patterns along the Mekong are linked to temporal and spatial trends in water infrastructure development from 1960 to 2010. We argue that variations in historical climatic factors are important, but they are not the main cause of observed changes in key hydrological indicators related to ecosystem productivity. Our analysis shows that the development of mainstream dams in the upper Mekong Basin in the post-1991 period may have resulted in a modest increase of 30-day minimum levels (+17%), but significant increases in fall rates (+42%) and the number of water level fluctuations (+75%) observed in Chiang Saen. This effect diminishes downstream until it becomes negligible at Mukdahan (northeast Thailand), which represents a drainage area of over 50% of the total Mekong Basin. Further downstream at Pakse (southern Laos), alterations to the number of fluctuations and rise rate became strongly significant after 1991. The observed alterations slowly decrease downstream, but modified rise rates, fall rates, and dry season water levels were still quantifiable and significant as far as Prek Kdam. This paper provides the first set of evidence of hydrological alterations in the Mekong beyond the Chinese dam cascade in the upper Mekong. Given the evident alterations at Pakse and downstream, post-1991 changes could also be directly attributed to water infrastructure development in the Chi and Mun basins of Thailand. A reduction of 23 and 11% in the water raising and falling rates respectively at Prek Kdam provides evidence of a diminished Tonle Sap flood pulse in the post-1991 period. Given the observed water level alterations from 1991 to 2010 as a result of water infrastructure development, we can extrapolate that future development in the mainstream and the key transboundary Srepok, Sesan, and Sekong sub-basins will have an even greater effect on the Tonle Sap flood regime, the lower Mekong floodplain, and the delta.

  1. Response to an oral calcium load in nephrolithiasis patients with fluctuating parathyroid hormone and ionized calcium levels

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    S.A. Gomes

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available the response to an oral calcium load test was assessed in 17 hypercalciuric nephrolithiasis patients who presented elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH irrespective of the ionized calcium (sCa2+ levels. Blood samples were collected at baseline (0 min and at 60 and 180 min after 1 g calcium load for serum PTH, total calcium, sCa2+, and 1.25(OH2D3 determinations. According to the sCa2+ level at baseline, patients were classified as normocalcemic (N = 9 or hypercalcemic (N = 8. Six healthy subjects were also evaluated as controls. Bone mineral density was reduced in 14/17 patients. In the normocalcemic group, mean PTH levels at 0, 60 and 180 min (95 ± 76, 56 ± 40, 57 ± 45 pg/ml, respectively did not differ from the hypercalcemic group (130 ± 75, 68 ± 35, 80 ± 33 pg/ml but were significantly higher compared to healthy subjects despite a similar elevation in sCa2+ after 60 and 180 min vs baseline in all 3 groups. Mean total calcium and 1.25(OH2D3 were similar in the 3 groups. Additionally, we observed that 5 of 9 normocalcemic patients presented a significantly higher concentration-time curve for serum PTH (AUC0',60',180' than the other 4 patients and the healthy subjects, suggesting a primary parathyroid dysfunction. These data suggest that the individual response to an oral calcium load test may be a valuable dynamic tool to disclose a subtle primary hyperparathyroidism in patients with high PTH and fluctuating sCa2+ levels, avoiding repeated measurements of both parameters.

  2. Response to an oral calcium load in nephrolithiasis patients with fluctuating parathyroid hormone and ionized calcium levels

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    Gomes S.A.

    2004-01-01

    Full Text Available the response to an oral calcium load test was assessed in 17 hypercalciuric nephrolithiasis patients who presented elevated parathyroid hormone (PTH irrespective of the ionized calcium (sCa2+ levels. Blood samples were collected at baseline (0 min and at 60 and 180 min after 1 g calcium load for serum PTH, total calcium, sCa2+, and 1.25(OH2D3 determinations. According to the sCa2+ level at baseline, patients were classified as normocalcemic (N = 9 or hypercalcemic (N = 8. Six healthy subjects were also evaluated as controls. Bone mineral density was reduced in 14/17 patients. In the normocalcemic group, mean PTH levels at 0, 60 and 180 min (95 ± 76, 56 ± 40, 57 ± 45 pg/ml, respectively did not differ from the hypercalcemic group (130 ± 75, 68 ± 35, 80 ± 33 pg/ml but were significantly higher compared to healthy subjects despite a similar elevation in sCa2+ after 60 and 180 min vs baseline in all 3 groups. Mean total calcium and 1.25(OH2D3 were similar in the 3 groups. Additionally, we observed that 5 of 9 normocalcemic patients presented a significantly higher concentration-time curve for serum PTH (AUC0',60',180' than the other 4 patients and the healthy subjects, suggesting a primary parathyroid dysfunction. These data suggest that the individual response to an oral calcium load test may be a valuable dynamic tool to disclose a subtle primary hyperparathyroidism in patients with high PTH and fluctuating sCa2+ levels, avoiding repeated measurements of both parameters.

  3. Effects of Water Levels on Productivity of Canada Geese in the Northern Flathead Valley, Final Report.

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    Casey, Daniel

    1987-08-01

    The Fish and Wildlife Program of the Northwest Power Planning Council calls for wildlife mitigation at hydroelectric projects in the Columbia River System. Beginning April, 1984, the Bonneville Power Administration funded a study of the effects of the operation of Hungry Horse and Kerr Dams on the western Canada goose (Branta canadensis moffittii) inhabitating the Flathead Valley of northwest Montana. The study was conducted by personnel of the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks (MDFWP), to: (1) identify the size and productivity of this population, (2) identify current habitat conditions and losses of nesting and brood-rearing areas, (3) describe the effects of water level fluctuations on nesting and brood-rearing, and (4) identify mitigation alternatives to offset these effects. Annual pair and nest surveys were used to document the location and fate of goose nests. The number of known nesting attempts varied from 44 in 1984 to 108 in 1985, to 136 in 1986 and 134 in 1987. Fifty-four percent of the annual meeting nesting effort took place on elevated sites which were secure from the flooding and dewatering effects of fluctuating water levels. An average of 15 nests were found on stumps in the remnant Flathead River delta, however, an area strongly influenced by the operation of Kerr Dam. Annual nest losses to flooding and predation attributable to fluctuations caused by the dam were recorded. 53 refs., 24 figs., 35 tabs.

  4. Quaternary sea-level fluctuations in the coastal area of eastern Thailand: a synoptic view in relation to mineral resources exploration

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    Kengkoom, Sunoj

    The coast of eastern Thailand extends from Sattahip in the west to Ko Chang in the east. Its shoreline displays scalloped features and arches towards the southeast. The area consists of sediment-filled embayments (85%) separated by bedrock headlands (15%). Data from offshore mineral exploration during the 1988-1989 survey in area-1 of the Offshore Mineral Exploration in the Gulf of Thailand Project revealed some interesting evidence of sea-level fluctuations both onshore and offshore. An old beach barrier has been found at the water depth of about 20 m and at a distance of approximately 10 km offshore. This barrier has been traced and its trend appears likely to link rock outcrops at Hin Chalam in the west, through the southern tip of Ko Samet, and the outcrops at the middle of area 1-E in the east. This old shoreline is parallel to the present shoreline and is thought to have been formed during the postglacial marine transgression period in the early Holocene (6000-8000 yr BP) when sea-level was about 20 m lower than present. Some composite barriers have been located beyond a depth of 20 m and are evidence for Pleistocene interstadials. These interstadials would have influenced marine erosion of the inferred gem-bearing basalts found in area 1-E.

  5. Historical impact of water infrastructure on water levels of the Mekong River and the Tonle Sap System

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    T. A. Cochrane

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available The rapid rate of water infrastructure development in the Mekong basin is a cause for concern due to its potential impact on fisheries and downstream natural ecosystems. In this paper we analyse the historical water levels of the Mekong River and Tonle Sap system by comparing pre and post 1991 daily observations from six stations along the Mekong mainstream from Chiang Sean (northern Laos, to Stung Treng (Cambodia, and the Prek Kdam station on the Tonle Sap River. Observed alterations in water level patterns along the Mekong are linked to temporal and spatial trends in water infrastructure development from 1960 to 2010. We argue that variations in historical climatic factors are important, but they are not the main cause of observed changes in key hydrological indicators related to ecosystem productivity. Our analysis shows that the development of mainstream dams in the upper Mekong basin in the post-1991 period have resulted in a significant increase of 7 day minimum (+91.6%, fall rates (+42%, and the number of water level fluctuations (+75 observed in Chiang Sean. This effect diminishes downstream until it becomes negligible at Mukdahan (northeast Thailand, which represents a drainage area of over 50% of the total Mekong Basin. Further downstream at Pakse (southern Laos, alterations to the number of fluctuations and rise rate became strongly significant after 1991. The observed alterations slowly decrease downstream, but modified rise rates, fall rates, and dry season water levels were still quantifiable and significant as far as Prek Kdam. This paper provides the first set of evidence of hydrological alterations in the Mekong beyond the Chinese dam cascade in the upper Mekong. Given the evident alterations with no precedence at Pakse and downstream, post-1991 changes can also be directly attributed to water infrastructure development in the Chi and Mun basins of Thailand. A reduction of 23 and 11% in the water raising and fall rates respectively at Prek Kdam provides evidence of a diminished Tonle Sap flood pulse in the post-1991 period. Given the observed water level alterations from 1991 to 2010 as a result of water infrastructure development, we can extrapolate that future development in the mainstream and the key transboundary Srepok, Sesan and Sekong subbasins will have an even greater effect on the Tonle Sap flood regime, the lower Mekong floodplain, and the delta.

  6. Effects of water level regulation on littoral zone of lakes Konnivesi and Ruotsalainen

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    Measures to develop an ecologically based regulation practice for the lakes Ruotsalainen and Konnivesi which belong to the Kymijoki watercourse, were undertaken in 1995, when the intermunicipal board for the Heinola health care centre and Myllykoski Oy proposed that the regulation licence should re-evaluated. The purpose of this study, which is part of the overall development project, was to assess the ecological impacts of regulation on the littoral zones of these lakes. More specifically, the study focussed on the changes in the ecology of the littoral zone due to the water level fluctuation. The littoral vegetation of lake Konnivesi reflects the improvement of water quality over the past fifteen years. The species indicative of eutrophication have mostly disappeared. The vegetation of the uppermost littoral zone has stabilised, and the effect of wave erosion is small Ice pressure on the bottom has hardly any impact on the plants sensitive to the ice scouring effect, because the ice-covered zone has actually been reduced in size consequent to the regulation. Owing to the small range of water level fluctuation during the open water period, the uppermost littoral zone remains very narrow, which restricts the spreading of especially helophytic vegetation. The narrow littoral zone impairs the development of the normal zonal biotope in many places and simultaneously prevents diverse increase of littoral biota. The aim of the ecological regulation practice proposed for Konnivesi is to ensure a water level favourable for pike spawning It is further proposed that the water level should decline by 25 cm during the open water period following the flood peak. This would help to widen the littoral zone suited to helophytic vegetation and to increase the vegetational diversity of especially gently sloping shores. (orig.) 12 refs

  7. The Importance of Water Temperature Fluctuations in Relation to the Hydrological Factor. Case Study – Bistrita River Basin (Romania

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    Cojoc Gianina Maria

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available The increase in most components of the climate over the past 50 years, including air and water temperature, is a real phenomenon, as attested by the numerous specialized researches according to IPCC (2013. The water temperature is one of the most important climatic components in analyzing the hydrological regime of the Bistrita River (Romania. The thermal regime of the Bistrita River basin and the frost phenomena associated with the risk factor are particularly important and frequently appear in this area. In recent years, under the Siret Water Basin Administration, this parameter was permanently monitored, so we could do an analysis, which shows that the water temperature fluctuations, influenced by air temperature, lead to the emergence of the ice jam phenomenon. The present study aims to analyze the water temperature, as compared to the air temperature, and the effect of these components on the liquid flow regime (the values were recorded at the hydrological stations on the main course of the Bistrita River. The negative effects resulted from the ice jam phenomenon require developing methods of damage prevention and defense. The frost phenomena recorded after the construction of the Bicaz dam are analyzed in this article

  8. Stream nitrate variations explained by ground water head fluctuations in a pyrite-bearing aquifer.

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    Grimaldi, C; Viaud, V; Massa, F; Carteaux, L; Derosch, S; Regeard, A; Fauvel, Y; Gilliet, N; Rouault, F

    2004-01-01

    In the context of agricultural nitrogen excesses in northwestern France, pyrite-bearing weathered schist aquifers represent important hydrological compartments due to their capacity to eliminate nitrate (NO3-). Under oxygen-free conditions, nitrate is reduced simultaneously with the oxidation of pyrite leading to the release of sulfate (SO4/2-). The aim of the present study is to identify the hydrological conditions under which the weathered schist ground water influences the stream water chemistry, leading to a decrease in NO3- concentration. We measured the ground water head on a small catchment over weathered schist, near the bank and under the streambed, and analyzed the chemical composition of the ground water as well as the stream water on both seasonal and storm-event timescales. Using SO4/2- as a tracer of the weathered schist ground water, we showed that ground water inflow caused a decrease of NO3- concentration in the stream during the autumn as well as during storm events in spring and summer. In summer, the NO3- concentration was controlled by the sources of the stream, and in winter by the shallow ground water inflow. The effect of the weathered schist ground water on the NO3- depletion remained relatively limited in time. This effect persisted into late autumn as long as the NO3(-) -rich shallow ground water did not feed the stream. The duration and intensity of the effect would be extended by decreasing the shallow ground water inflow, which depends on climate as well as the presence of landscape features such as hedges and buffer zones. PMID:15224936

  9. Supersonic water level measuring method and device therefor

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    In the present invention, water level can be measured stably irrespective of change of temperature distribution and flowing distribution of water in a pressure vessel or a tank of a nuclear reactor. Namely, sinusoidal supersonic waves are sent to a waveguide in contact with water to vibrate it. The water level is measured based on the change of the resonance state of the waveguide. Alternatively, sinusoidal supersonic waves are sent and received by a supersonic transducer. Resonance state of a waveguide in contact with water and connected to the supersonic transducer for propagating the supersonic waves is detected by way of the supersonic transducer. The water level is calculated based on the change of the resonance state. Since the resonance state of the waveguide member is free from the effects of temperature distribution and flowing distribution in water and gas, the water level can be measured at high accuracy irrespective of the temperature distribution and flowing distribution in water. (I.S.)

  10. Estimation of nonfluctuating reservoir inflow from water level observations using methods based on flow continuity

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    Deng, Chao; Liu, Pan; Guo, Shenglian; Wang, Hao; Wang, Dingbao

    2015-10-01

    The accurate estimation of "true" reservoir inflow is important for hydrological forecasting and efficient operation of reservoirs. However, reservoir inflow estimated using the conventional simple water balance method is not always accurate because the estimation is very sensitive to errors in reservoir water level observations and uncertainty in the stage-storage relationship. An analytical method (AM) and a method using the ensemble Kalman filter (EnKF) are proposed to determine nonfluctuating reservoir inflow based on the concept of inflow continuity; that is, that inflow should not change much within a short time period. The AM is developed based on the simultaneous minimization of both the estimated reservoir water level error and the inflow variation. The EnKF, which is built on state equations (inflow continuity and water balance equations) and an observation equation (the reservoir stage-storage relationship), is used to update inflow states by assimilating water level observations. The two proposed methods are evaluated using a synthetic experiment with various conditions including water level observation error, reservoir stage-storage relationship error, and the influence of water surface slope. The AM outperforms the EnKF under all conditions. Case studies of the Gaobazhou and Danjiangkou Reservoirs in China demonstrate that both of the proposed methods can derive an hourly inflow without fluctuations. The results indicate that the AM and the EnKF method can improve reservoir inflow estimation compared with conventional methods.

  11. Water level influences on body condition of Geophagus brasiliensis (Perciformes: Cichlidae in a Brazilian oligotrophic reservoir

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    Alejandra Filippo Gonzalez Neves dos Santos

    2004-09-01

    Full Text Available Effects of water level fluctuations on body condition of Geophagus brasiliensis were studied in a 30 km² Brazilian oligotrophic reservoir. Physiological condition (K and gonadosomatic index (GSI were compared according to water level (low and high. Females' best conditions were associated to higher resources availability during high water, since gonad development did not change between low and high water. Males' condition did not change between water levels, while the highest gonad development occurred in low water. Females presented higher reproductive investment than males, which allocated most of energy for somatic development. This strategy could be a mechanism to undergo the stress caused by oligotrophic characteristics of the reservoir enhanced during low water level.Efeitos do nível da água na condição de Geophagus brasiliensis foram analisados em um reservatório oligotrófico. A condição fisiológica (K e o índice gonadossomático (IGS foram comparados entre os níveis da água (baixo e alto. Melhores condições de fêmeas foram associadas a maiores disponibilidades de recursos no nível alto, já que o desenvolvimento gonadal não variou. Não foram registradas diferenças na condição de machos, contudo maiores valores de IGS ocorreram no nível baixo. Fêmeas apresentaram elevado investimento reprodutivo, enquanto machos investiram mais no desenvolvimento somático. Tal estratégia pode ser um mecanismo para suportar o estresse causado pelas características oligotróficas do reservatório, intensificadas durante o período de níveis baixos da água.

  12. NOAA NOS SOS, EXPERIMENTAL - Water Level

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — The NOAA NOS SOS server is part of the IOOS DIF SOS Project. The stations in this dataset have water surface height above a reference datum. *These services are for...

  13. Water levels in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, 1993

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    Water levels were monitored in 28 wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, during 1993. Seventeen wells were monitored periodically, generally on a monthly basis, and 11 wells representing 18 intervals were monitored hourly. All wells monitor water levels in Tertiary volcanic rocks, except one that monitors water levels in Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Water levels were measured using calibrated steel tapes and pressure transducers; steel-tape measurements were corrected for mechanical stretch, thermal expansion, and borehole deviation to obtain precise water-level altitudes. Water-level altitudes in the Tertiary volcanic rocks ranged from about 728 meters above sea level east of Yucca Mountain to about 1,034 meters above sea level north of Yucca Mountain. Water-level altitudes in the well monitoring the Paleozoic carbonate rocks varied between 752 and 753 meters above sea level during 1993. Water levels were an average of about 0.04 meter lower than 1992 water levels. All data were acquired in accordance with a quality-assurance program to support the reliability of the data

  14. Protein-fluctuation-induced water-pore formation in ion channel voltage-sensor translocation across a lipid bilayer membrane

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    Rajapaksha, Suneth P.; Pal, Nibedita; Zheng, Desheng; Lu, H. Peter

    2015-11-01

    We have applied a combined fluorescence microscopy and single-ion-channel electric current recording approach, correlating with molecular dynamics (MD) simulations, to study the mechanism of voltage-sensor domain translocation across a lipid bilayer. We use the colicin Ia ion channel as a model system, and our experimental and simulation results show the following: (1) The open-close activity of an activated colicin Ia is not necessarily sensitive to the amplitude of the applied cross-membrane voltage when the cross-membrane voltage is around the resting potential of excitable membranes; and (2) there is a significant probability that the activation of colicin Ia occurs by forming a transient and fluctuating water pore of ˜15 Å diameter in the lipid bilayer membrane. The location of the water-pore formation is nonrandom and highly specific, right at the insertion site of colicin Ia charged residues in the lipid bilayer membrane, and the formation is intrinsically associated with the polypeptide conformational fluctuations and solvation dynamics. Our results suggest an interesting mechanistic pathway for voltage-sensitive ion channel activation, and specifically for translocation of charged polypeptide chains across the lipid membrane under a transmembrane electric field: the charged polypeptide domain facilitates the formation of hydrophilic water pore in the membrane and diffuses through the hydrophilic pathway across the membrane; i.e., the charged polypeptide chain can cross a lipid membrane without entering into the hydrophobic core of the lipid membrane but entirely through the aqueous and hydrophilic environment to achieve a cross-membrane translocation. This mechanism sheds light on the intensive and fundamental debate on how a hydrophilic and charged peptide domain diffuses across the biologically inaccessible high-energy barrier of the hydrophobic core of a lipid bilayer: The peptide domain does not need to cross the hydrophobic core to move across a lipid bilayer.

  15. Effects of Pipe’s Roughness and Reservoir Head Levels on Pressure Waves in Water Hammer

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Water hammer is a transient flow in pipes that was created by suddenly change in velocity in pipes. This phenomenon can cause serious positive and negative pressures in pipes and often with several hazards in pipelines. Overall water hammer creates by closing valves rapidly, suddenly shut off or restarting pumps, and has one of most destructive hydrodynamic phenomena in pressurized pipelines. In this study, governing equations about water hammer is numerically solved by using MATLAB programing language, and then sensitivity analysis in pressure fluctuations has been investigated by changing some effective variables such as pipe roughness type and reservoir head. Numerical solution is based on characteristic lines method. Results show that with increasing in pipe roughness, negative and positive pressures ranges, decreased. Also increasing reservoir water level causes intensive negative and positive pressures in pipe.

  16. Evaluation of statistical properties of free-surface fluctuation on a high-speed water jet using laser refraction technique

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    Free-surface fluctuation on a high-speed water jet has been evaluated using a laser beam refraction technique. This technique employs two pulse laser diodes and one high-speed optic detector. By detecting the two dimensional (2D) trajectory of laser beams refracted at free surface, the local streamwise slope-angle fluctuation at two measuring locations 1.27 mm apart on a jet free surface can be evaluated. The experiments are conducted for several locations along the jet center axis within the range of average velocity up to 10 m/s. The wave speed is evaluated from dominant time lag of cross-correlation coefficient for individual wave period, which is divided from time-series slope-angle data according to the zero-up-crossing method. The shape of waves is also calculated by integrating the free-surface slope angle. The wavelength and wave height are evaluated from the individual waveform. The steepness of free surface wave takes a maximum at a certain distance from nozzle exit for U ? 8 m/s. This suggests that the initial amplification of wave results in a wave breaking on the jet free surface for these velocity conditions. (author)

  17. Modeling the Lag Period and Exponential Growth of Listeria monocytogenes under Conditions of Fluctuating Temperature and Water Activity Values?

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    Muñoz-Cuevas, Marina; Fernández, Pablo S.; George, Susan; Pin, Carmen

    2010-01-01

    The dynamic model for the growth of a bacterial population described by Baranyi and Roberts (J. Baranyi and T. A. Roberts, Int. J. Food Microbiol. 23:277-294, 1994) was applied to model the lag period and exponential growth of Listeria monocytogenes under conditions of fluctuating temperature and water activity (aw) values. To model the duration of the lag phase, the dependence of the parameter h0, which quantifies the amount of work done during the lag period, on the previous and current environmental conditions was determined experimentally. This parameter depended not only on the magnitude of the change between the previous and current environmental conditions but also on the current growth conditions. In an exponentially growing population, any change in the environment requiring a certain amount of work to adapt to the new conditions initiated a lag period that lasted until that work was finished. Observations for several scenarios in which exponential growth was halted by a sudden change in the temperature and/or aw were in good agreement with predictions. When a population already in a lag period was subjected to environmental fluctuations, the system was reset with a new lag phase. The work to be done during the new lag phase was estimated to be the workload due to the environmental change plus the unfinished workload from the uncompleted previous lag phase. PMID:20208022

  18. Biodegradation of Toluene Under Seasonal and Diurnal Fluctuations of Soil-Water Temperature

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    Yadav, Brijesh K.; Shrestha, Shristi R.; Hassanizadeh, S. Majid

    2012-01-01

    An increasing interest in bioremediation of hydrocarbon polluted sites raises the question of the influence of seasonal and diurnal changes on soil-water temperature on biodegradation of BTEX, a widespread group of (sub)-surface contaminants. Therefore, we investigated the impact of a wide range of varying soil-water temperature on biodegradation of toluene under aerobic conditions. To see the seasonal impact of temperature, three sets of batch experiments were conducted at three different co...

  19. Biodegradation of Toluene (an LNAPL) under varying temperature and fluctuating water conditions

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    2011-01-01

    Abstract Groundwater contamination occurs when there is spill of substances which are harmful to humans and the environment. One of the most common groundwater contaminant is Non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPL). These substances are notorious as they do not mix with water and are able to persist in nature causing long term harm. They are broadly classified as Light (LNAPL) or dense (DNAPL) based on their relative density with water. BTEX (Benzene, Toluene, Ethylene benzene and Xylene) is an ...

  20. An Analysis of Historical Impacts of Water Resources Development on Water Levels of the Mekong River (Invited)

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    Cochrane, T. A.; Arias, M. E.; Piman, T.

    2013-12-01

    The rapid rate of water resources development in the Mekong basin of Southeast Asia is a cause for concern due to potential impacts on highly valued fisheries and natural ecosystems. Historical water levels of the Mekong were analyzed by comparing pre and post 1991 daily data of 6 stations along the mainstream from Chiang Sean, in northern Lao PDR and Thailand, to Stung Treng, in Cambodia, and the Pre Kdam station near the Tonle Sap Lake in the lower Mekong floodplain using the Indicators of Hydrological Alteration (IHA) software. The year 1991 marks a turning point in the rate of development in the basin, with the start of development of mainstream dams in the upper Mekong and accelerated hydropower and irrigation development in key tributaries. Observed changes in water level patterns along the Mekong were linked to temporal and spatial water resources development from 1960 to 2010. Variations in climate were accounted for and are important, but they were not observed to be the main causes of changes in key hydrological indicators related to ecosystem productivity. The development of mainstream dams in the upper Mekong basin in the post 1991 period resulted in a significant change of seasonal water levels, raise rates, fall rates, and the number of water level fluctuations at Chiang Sean. This effect diminishes downstream until it becomes negligible at the Mukdahan monitoring station in Thailand, which represents a drainage area of over 50% of the total Mekong Basin. Further downstream at Pakse station in Southern Lao PDR, changes in hydrological indicators post 1991 were observed to be significant again, which can be directly attributed to water resource development in the Chi and Mun River basins in Northeastern Thailand. A reduction of 23% and 11% in water level raising rates and fall rates, respectively at Prek Kdam, provides clear evidence of a diminished flood pulse of the Tonle Sap Lake in the post 1991 period. Given the observed water level alterations from 1991 to 2010 as a result of water infrastructure development, we can extrapolate that future proposed development in the key transboundary Srepok, Sesan and Sekong basins of the Lower Mekong will have an even greater effect on the flood pulse of the Tonle Sap. Although much focus has been placed on impacts of mainstream dams in the upper Mekong, our analysis clearly shows that tributary development in the lower Mekong has already affected water level patterns significantly, particularly in the dry season. Through subsequent modeling we infer how future development could further impact water flows and livelihoods, and thus improve regional impact assessments. The analysis and methods can be translated to other river systems around the world undergoing rapid water resources development.

  1. Water Level Indicator with Alarms Using PIC Microcontroller

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    Ahmed Abdullah

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available This paper shows a design of a water level indicator with PIC microcontroller. This design is applicable for both reservoir and main tank in home or industries.PIC 18F452 used in this design. There is also buzzer and LCD in this design. LCD used to show the level of water in both reservoir and main tank. Buzzer used to create a siren to stop the pump or water coming channel. There are 10 DIP switches used in this design. These switches indicate water level of both tanks. PIC microcontrollers also controls the motor which pumps the water in the tank from the reservoir. In the auto mode, motor is automatically turned on when water level reaches 20% in the tank and it is turned off when water level reaches 100%. Choose PIC microcontroller for programming flexibility, faster speed of execution since microcontrollers are fully integrated inside the processor

  2. Wave-induced mass transport affects daily Escherichia coli fluctuations in nearshore water

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    Ge, Zhongfu; Whitman, Richard L.; Nevers, Meredith B.; Phanikumar, Mantha S.

    2012-01-01

    Characterization of diel variability of fecal indicator bacteria concentration in nearshore waters is of particular importance for development of water sampling standards and protection of public health. Significant nighttime increase in Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentration in beach water, previously observed at marine sites, has also been identified in summer 2000 from fixed locations in waist- and knee-deep waters at Chicago 63rd Street Beach, an embayed, tideless, freshwater beach with low currents at night (approximately 0.015 m s–1). A theoretical model using wave-induced mass transport velocity for advection was developed to assess the contribution of surface waves to the observed nighttime E. coli replenishment in the nearshore water. Using average wave conditions for the summer season of year 2000, the model predicted an amount of E. coli transported from water of intermediate depth, where sediment resuspension occurred intermittently, that would be sufficient to have elevated E. coli concentration in the surf and swash zones as observed. The nighttime replenishment of E. coli in the surf and swash zones revealed here is an important phase in the cycle of diel variations of E. coli concentration in nearshore water. According to previous findings in Ge et al. (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 6731–6737), enhanced current circulation in the embayment during the day tends to displace and deposit material offshore, which partially sets up the system by the early evening for a new period of nighttime onshore movement. This wave-induced mass transport effect, although facilitating a significant base supply of material shoreward, can be perturbed or significantly influenced by high currents (orders of magnitude larger than a typical wave-induced mass transport velocity), current-induced turbulence, and tidal forcing.

  3. Wave-induced mass transport affects daily Escherichia coli fluctuations in nearshore water.

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    Ge, Zhongfu; Whitman, Richard L; Nevers, Meredith B; Phanikumar, Mantha S

    2012-02-21

    Characterization of diel variability of fecal indicator bacteria concentration in nearshore waters is of particular importance for development of water sampling standards and protection of public health. Significant nighttime increase in Escherichia coli (E. coli) concentration in beach water, previously observed at marine sites, has also been identified in summer 2000 from fixed locations in waist- and knee-deep waters at Chicago 63rd Street Beach, an embayed, tideless, freshwater beach with low currents at night (approximately 0.015 m s(-1)). A theoretical model using wave-induced mass transport velocity for advection was developed to assess the contribution of surface waves to the observed nighttime E. coli replenishment in the nearshore water. Using average wave conditions for the summer season of year 2000, the model predicted an amount of E. coli transported from water of intermediate depth, where sediment resuspension occurred intermittently, that would be sufficient to have elevated E. coli concentration in the surf and swash zones as observed. The nighttime replenishment of E. coli in the surf and swash zones revealed here is an important phase in the cycle of diel variations of E. coli concentration in nearshore water. According to previous findings in Ge et al. (Environ. Sci. Technol. 2010, 44, 6731-6737), enhanced current circulation in the embayment during the day tends to displace and deposit material offshore, which partially sets up the system by the early evening for a new period of nighttime onshore movement. This wave-induced mass transport effect, although facilitating a significant base supply of material shoreward, can be perturbed or significantly influenced by high currents (orders of magnitude larger than a typical wave-induced mass transport velocity), current-induced turbulence, and tidal forcing. PMID:22257076

  4. Study on the RPV depressurization for ATWS with RPV water level unknown using MAAP5 codes

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    MAAP5(Modular Accident Analysis Program Rev. 5.0.0), developed by Fauske and Associates, Inc.'s (FAI) based on the MAAP4 code, is a severe accident analysis code. It is a computer program capable of simulating the response and mitigation actions of light water reactor nuclear power plants (NPPs), including advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) during severe accident. The effectiveness of the execution of emergency operation procedures (EOPs) for an advanced boiling water reactor (ABWR) during postulated accident conditions using MAAP5 code is discuss in this paper. The simulation scenarios included the loss of feedwater pumps and turbine driven Core Isolation Cooling System (RCIC), the anticipated transient without scram (ATWS), and loss of reactor pressure vessel (RPV) water level indication. Based on the comparisons of responses on different parameters for cases with and without EOP actions, we concluded the RPV emergency depressurization (ED) in the EOP could effectively mitigate the consequences of the accident. The simulation clearly reveal that the execution of ED for the condition of RPV water level unknown could reduce primary containment pressure, suppression pool temperature, and avoid large fluctuation of RPV pressure, water level, and core power. For the RPV level unknown under ATWS condition, RPV ED can give the operator the easier way to control RPV pressure, and to assure adequate core cooling. (author)

  5. Hydraulic Modeling of a Mixed Water Level Control Hydromechanical Gate

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    Cassan, Ludovic; Baume, Jean-Pierre; Belaud, Gilles; Litrico, Xavier; Malaterre, Pierre-Olivier; Ribot-Bruno, José

    2011-01-01

    This article describes the hydraulic behavior of a mixed water level control hydromechanical gate present in several irrigation canals. The automatic gate is termed "mixed" because it can hold either the upstream water level or the downstream water level constant according to the flow conditions. Such a complex behavior is obtained through a series of side tanks linked by orifices and weirs. No energy supply is needed in this regulation process. The mixed flow gate is analyzed and a mathemati...

  6. Water levels in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada, 1996

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    Water levels were monitored in 24 wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, during 1996. Twenty-two wells representing 28 depth intervals were monitored periodically, generally on a monthly basis, and 2 wells representing 3 depth intervals were monitored both hourly and periodically. All wells monitor water levels in Tertiary volcanic rocks except one that monitors water levels in paleozoic carbonate rocks. Water levels were measured using either calibrated steel tapes or a pressure sensor. Mean water-level altitudes in the Tertiary volcanic rocks ranged from about 727.86 to about 1,034.58 meters above sea level during 1996. The mean water-level altitude in the well monitoring the Paleozoic carbonate rocks was about 752.57 meters above sea level during 1996. Mean water-level altitudes for 1996 were an average of about 0.06 meter lower than 1995 mean water-level altitudes and 0.03 meter lower than 1985--95 mean water-level altitudes. During 1996, water levels in the Yucca Mountain area could have been affected by long-term pumping at the C-hole complex that began on May 8, 1996. Through December 31, 1996, approximately 196 million liters were pumped from well UE-25 c number-sign 3 at the C-hole complex. Other ground-water pumpage in the Yucca Mountain area includes annual pumpage from water-supply wells UE-25 J-12 and UE-25 J-13 of approximately 163 and 105 million liters, respectively, and pumpage from well USW G-2 for hydraulic testing during February and April 1996 of approximately 6 million liters

  7. Synthesis water level control by fuzzy logic

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    Berk, P.; Stajnko, D.; P. Vindis; B. Mursec; M. Lakota

    2011-01-01

    Purpose: This paper focuses on evolving of two types fuzzy and classical PID liquid level controller and examining whether they are better able to handle modelling uncertainties. A two stage strategy is employed to design the synthesis fuzzy and classical PID controller with the process of the first and second order and implements disorder (quadratic function).Design/methodology/approach: The synthesis of fuzzy and classical PID liquid level controller was realized with the HP laptop 6830s Co...

  8. Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Various Industrial Waste Waters

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    Mustafa ?ahin Dündar; Hüseyin Altunda?; Sinem Kaygaldurak; Volkan ?ar; Aysun Acar

    2012-01-01

    Important part of the environmetal pollution consists of waste water and water pollution. The water polluted by anthropogenical, industrial, and agricultural originated sources are defined as waste waters which are the main pollution sources for reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and seas. In this work, waste waters of leather, textile, automotive side, and metal plating industries were used to determine the levels of Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb and Ni by using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. As a result, h...

  9. Water levels in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, 1995

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    Water levels were monitored in 28 wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, during 1995. Seventeen wells representing 18 depth intervals were monitored periodically, generally on a monthly basis, 2 wells representing 3 depth intervals were monitored hourly, and 9 wells representing 15 depth intervals were monitored both periodically and hourly. All wells monitor water levels in Tertiary volcanic rocks except one that monitors water levels in Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Water levels were measured using calibrated steel tapes, a multiconductor cable unit, and/or pressure transducers. Mean water-level altitudes in the Tertiary volcanic rocks ranged from about 728 to about 1,034 meters above sea level during 1995. The mean water-level altitude in the well monitoring the Paleozoic carbonate rocks was about 753 meters above sea level during 1995. Mean water level altitudes were only an average of about 0.01 meters higher than 1994 mean water level altitudes. A single-well aquifer test was conducted on well UE-25 WT number-sign 12 during August and September 1995. Well USW 0-2 was also pumped during October and November 1995, in preparation for single-well aquifer test at that well. All data were acquired in accordance with a quality-assurance program to support the reliability of the data

  10. Water levels in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, 1994

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    Water levels were monitored in 28 wells in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, during 1994. Twelve wells representing 13 intervals were monitored periodically, generally on a monthly basis, 6 wells representing 10 intervals were monitored hourly, and 10 wells representing 13 intervals were monitored both periodically and hourly. All wells monitor water levels in Tertiary volcanic rocks, except one, that monitors water levels in Paleozoic carbonate rocks. Water levels were measured using calibrated steel tapes, a multiconductor cable unit, and pressure transducers. Water-level altitudes in the Tertiary volcanic rocks ranged from about 728 to about 1,034 meters above sea level during 1994. The mean-annual water-level altitude in the well monitoring the Paleozoic carbonate rocks was about 753 meters above sea level during 1994. Water levels were only an average of about 0.01 meters lower than 1993 water levels. All data were acquired in accordance with a quality-assurance program to support the reliability of the data

  11. Primary collector wall local temperature fluctuations in the area of water-steam phase boundary

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    Matal, O.; Klinga, J.; Simo, T. [Energovyzkum Ltd., Brno (Switzerland)

    1995-12-31

    A limited number of temperature sensors could be installed at the primary collector surface in the area of water - steam phase boundary. The surface temperatures as well WWER 440 steam generator process data were measured and stored for a long time and off-line evaluated. Selected results are presented in the paper. (orig.). 2 refs.

  12. Conformational fluctuations of a protein-DNA complex and the structure and ordering of water around it

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    Sinha, Sudipta Kumar; Bandyopadhyay, Sanjoy

    2011-12-01

    Protein-DNA binding is an important process responsible for the regulation of genetic activities in living organisms. The most crucial issue in this problem is how the protein recognizes the DNA and identifies its target base sequences. Water molecules present around the protein and DNA are also expected to play an important role in mediating the recognition process and controlling the structure of the complex. We have performed atomistic molecular dynamics simulations of an aqueous solution of the protein-DNA complex formed between the DNA binding domain of human TRF1 protein and a telomeric DNA. The conformational fluctuations of the protein and DNA and the microscopic structure and ordering of water around them in the complex have been explored. In agreement with experimental studies, the calculations reveal conformational immobilization of the terminal segments of the protein on complexation. Importantly, it is discovered that both structural adaptations of the protein and DNA, and the subsequent correlation between them to bind, contribute to the net entropy loss associated with the complex formation. Further, it is found that water molecules around the DNA are more structured with significantly higher density and ordering than that around the protein in the complex.

  13. Impact of Plumbing Age on Copper Levels in Drinking Water

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    Theory and limited practical experiences suggest that higher copper levels in drinking water tap samples are typically associated with newer plumbing systems, and levels decrease with increasing plumbing age. Past researchers have developed a conceptual model to explain the “agin...

  14. Climate-driven changes in water level

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    Hansen, Rikke Bjerring; Olsen, Jesper; Jeppesen, Erik; Buchardt, Bjørn; Heinemeier, Jan; McGowan, Suzanne; Leavitt, Peter R.; Enevold, Renée; Odgaard, Bent Vad

    2013-01-01

    A two-stage change in lake level during the 8.2-ka event was identified in Lake Sarup, Denmark (55A degrees N), using a multiproxy approach on precise radiocarbon wiggle-matched annually laminated sediments deposited 8740-8060 cal. yr BP. Changes in delta C-13 and delta O-18 indicated closed lake hydrology driven by precipitation. The isotopic, sedimentary and plant macrofossil records suggested that the lake level started to decrease around 8400 cal. yr BP, the decrease accelerating during 8350...

  15. Analysis of water level control methods for nuclear steam generator

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    Nuclear steam generator (SG) is a highly complex nonlinear time-changed system. The inverse dynamics effects, which are caused by shrink and swell under transient, startup and lower power operation, make the water level difficult to control. Methods of SG water level control are analyzed. The shortcoming of conventional PI(D) control for SG level is pointed out. It emphatically expounds the fuzzy logic control and the neural network control to nuclear steam generator level. Finally, the author brings forward his opinion upon the advance tendency of SG water level control. (authors)

  16. Two-level system with a thermally fluctuating transfer matrix element: Application to the problem of DNA charge transfer

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    Charge transfer along the base-pair stack in DNA is modeled in terms of thermally assisted tunneling between adjacent base pairs. The key element of the approach in this paper is the notion that this tunneling between base pairs that fluctuate significantly from their nominal orientation is rate limited by the requirement of optimal alignment. We focus on this aspect of the process by modeling two adjacent base pairs in terms of a classical damped oscillator subject to thermal fluctuations as described by a Fokker-Planck equation. We find that the process is characterized by two time scales, a result that is in accord with the experimental findings

  17. Uranium Redistribution Due to Water Table Fluctuations in Sandy Wetland Mesocosms

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    To understand better the fate and stability of immobilized uranium (U) in wetland sediments, and how intermittent dry periods affect U stability, we dosed saturated wetland mesocosms planted with Scirpus acutus with low levels of uranyl acetate for 4 months before imposing...

  18. Holocene lake level fluctuations of a small alpine lake in the Qilian Mountains, NW China: a comparison of chironomid, ostracod, pollen and geochemistry data.

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    Mischke, S.; Herzschuh, U.

    2003-04-01

    A core of 14 m length was drilled in a small alpine lake in the Qilian Mountains, NW China. The lake Luanhaizi has a drainage area of about 30 km2 and is situated at an altitude of 3200 m which represents the altitude of the present regional upper timberline. Due to the small size of the open-basin lake (surface area about 1 km2) and the sharply outlined catchment area the lake is regarded as a very sensitively and rapidly responding ecosystem. Analyses of ostracod shells, head capsules of larval chironomids and pollen and spores were conducted and the organic and carbonate content (LOI), element concentrations and magnetic susceptibility of core samples determined. Ostracod taxa mainly comprise Candona candida, C. neglecta, C. rawsoni, Cyclocypris ovum, Cypridopsis vidua, Fabaeformiscandona caudata, F. danielopoli, F. hyalina, Herpetocypris chevreuxi, Heterocypris salina, Ilyocypris cf. bradyi, I. echinata, I. lacustris and Limnocythere inopinata. They may be used to distinguish periods of low lake levels corresponding to a dense cover of aquatic plants at the lake bottom from stages of higher lake levels and a corresponding decrease in macrophytes at the core site. Chironomid taxa belonging to Chironomus, Cladopelma, Glyptotendipes, Micropsectra, Paratanytarsus, Polypedilum, Psectrocladius and Tanytarsus further provide information on variations in benthic oxygen availability and lake level fluctuations. Several units of the core show high abundances of pollen and spores of higher aquatic and wetland plants and fungi (Cyperaceae, Hippuris, Myriophyllum and Glomus) indicating low lake levels. In contrast, algae such as Botryococcus, Pediastrum and Tetraedron were regarded to reflect higher water levels. Typha angustifolia-type, Typha latifolia, Alisma and Potamogeton were recorded in low abundances as well. The organic content of core samples averages 6 % displaying four alternating stages of distinct minima and maxima. Lowest values of about 1 % occur at the core base whereas the organic content rises to 16 % at maximum near the top. The carbonate content displays a similar pattern with strong shifts ranging from 3 to 31%. The results of the investigation of the sediment core from the alpine lake in the Qilian Mountains were presented and the validity of single proxies with respect to lake level changes discussed.

  19. Analysis of Ground-Water Levels and Associated Trends in Yucca Flat, Nevada Test Site, Nye County, Nevada, 1951-2003

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    J.M. Fenelon

    2005-10-05

    Almost 4,000 water-level measurements in 216 wells in the Yucca Flat area from 1951 to 2003 were quality assured and analyzed. An interpretative database was developed that describes water-level conditions for each water level measured in Yucca Flat. Multiple attributes were assigned to each water-level measurement in the database to describe the hydrologic conditions at the time of measurement. General quality, temporal variability, regional significance, and hydrologic conditions are attributed for each water-level measurement. The database also includes narratives that discuss the water-level history of each well. Water levels in 34 wells were analyzed for variability and for statistically significant trends. An attempt was made to identify the cause of many of the water-level fluctuations or trends. Potential causes include equilibration following well construction or development, pumping in the monitoring well, withdrawals from a nearby supply well, recharge from precipitation, earthquakes, underground nuclear tests, land subsidence, barometric pressure, and Earth tides. Some of the naturally occurring fluctuations in water levels may result from variations in recharge. The magnitude of the overall water-level change for these fluctuations generally is less than 2 feet. Long-term steady-state hydrographs for most of the wells open to carbonate rock have a very similar pattern. Carbonate-rock wells without the characteristic pattern are directly west of the Yucca and Topgallant faults in the southwestern part of Yucca Flat. Long-term steady-state hydrographs from wells open to volcanic tuffs or the Eleana confining unit have a distinctly different pattern from the general water-level pattern of the carbonate-rock aquifers. Anthropogenic water-level fluctuations were caused primarily by water withdrawals and nuclear testing. Nuclear tests affected water levels in many wells. Trends in these wells are attributed to test-cavity infilling or the effects of depressurization following nuclear testing. The magnitude of the overall water-level change for wells with anthropogenic trends can be large, ranging from several feet to hundreds of feet. Vertical water-level differences at 27 sites in Yucca Flat with multiple open intervals were compared. Large vertical differences were noted in volcanic rocks and in boreholes where water levels were affected by nuclear tests. Small vertical differences were noted within the carbonate-rock and valley-fill aquifers. Vertical hydraulic gradients generally are downward in volcanic rocks and from pre-Tertiary clastic rocks toward volcanic- or carbonate-rock units.

  20. Sizewell 'B' steam generator water level measurement

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    First, as an introduction, the reasons why steam generator level measurement is important are explained. The relationship of the measurement to the Reactor Protection System (RPS) is discussed with an overview of the RPS. The measurement system and the need for wide and narrow range measurements is discussed. Differential pressure transmitters used on Sizewell-B to provide the measurement are surveyed and the installation of the transmitters and associated tubing connecting them to the process are considered. Problems encountered at Sizewell-B are described. (Author)

  1. Keeping fuel covered. ABB's new water level measurement system

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    As one of the basic principles of reactor safety is to ensure that the fuel is covered, knowing water levels is vital. Older designs of water measurement equipment can suffer errors caused by the presence of non-condensable gases in the water during a depressurization transient. ABB Atom's new level measuring system, which uses an advanced condensation pot, is virtually independent of any variation of gas content. (UK)

  2. Peatland pines as a proxy for water table fluctuations: disentangling tree growth, hydrology and possible human influence.

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    Smiljani?, Marko; Seo, Jeong-Wook; Läänelaid, Alar; van der Maaten-Theunissen, Marieke; Staji?, Branko; Wilmking, Martin

    2014-12-01

    Dendrochronological investigations of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) growing on Männikjärve peatland in central Estonia showed that annual tree growth of peatland pines can be used as a proxy for past variations of water table levels. Reconstruction of past water table levels can help us to better understand the dynamics of various ecological processes in peatlands, e.g. the formation of vegetation patterns or carbon and nitrogen cycling. Männikjärve bog has one of the longest water table records in the boreal zone, continuously monitored since 1956. Common uncertainties encountered while working with peatland trees (e.g. narrow, missing and wedging rings) were in our case exacerbated with difficulties related to the instability of the relationship between tree growth and peatland environment. We hypothesized that the instable relationship was mainly due to a significant change of the limiting factor, i.e. the rise of the water table level due to human activity. To test our hypothesis we had to use several novel methods of tree-ring chronology analysis as well as to test explicitly whether undetected missing rings biased our results. Since the hypothesis that the instable relationship between tree growth and environment was caused by a change in limiting factor could not be rejected, we proceeded to find possible significant changes of past water table levels using structural analysis of the tree-ring chronologies. Our main conclusions were that peatland pines can be proxies to water table levels and that there were several shifting periods of high and low water table levels in the past 200 years. PMID:25217744

  3. A Validated Model to Predict Microalgae Growth in Outdoor Pond Cultures Subjected to Fluctuating Light Intensities and Water Temperatures

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    Huesemann, Michael H.; Crowe, Braden J.; Waller, Peter; Chavis, Aaron R.; Hobbs, Samuel J.; Edmundson, Scott J.; Wigmosta, Mark S.

    2016-01-05

    A microalgae biomass growth model was developed for screening novel strains for their potential to exhibit high biomass productivities under nutrient-replete conditions in outdoor ponds subjected to fluctuating light intensities and water temperatures. Growth is modeled by first estimating the light attenuation by biomass according to a scatter-corrected Beer-Lambert Law, and then calculating the specific growth rate in discretized culture volume slices that receive declining light intensities due to attenuation. The model requires the following experimentally determined strain-specific input parameters: specific growth rate as a function of light intensity and temperature, biomass loss rate in the dark as a function of temperature and average light intensity during the preceding light period, and the scatter-corrected biomass light absorption coefficient. The model was successful in predicting the growth performance and biomass productivity of three different microalgae species (Chlorella sorokiniana, Nannochloropsis salina, and Picochlorum sp.) in raceway pond cultures (batch and semi-continuous) subjected to diurnal sunlight intensity and water temperature variations. Model predictions were moderately sensitive to minor deviations in input parameters. To increase the predictive power of this and other microalgae biomass growth models, a better understanding of the effects of mixing-induced rapid light dark cycles on photo-inhibition and short-term biomass losses due to dark respiration in the aphotic zone of the pond is needed.

  4. Water Pollution by Surfactants: Fluctuations Due to Tourism Exploitation in a Lagoon Ecosystem

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    Focardi, Silvano E.; Andrea Giovani; Monia Renzi

    2012-01-01

    This paper describes recent levels of surfactants measured in a coastal lagoon ecosystem highly stressed by human activites: the Orbetello lagoon (Southern Tuscany, Italy, Ramsar Site IT008). Significance of difference among concentrations measured before and after summertime are explored in order to evaluate effects related to tourism exploitation. Among surfactants, methylene blue active anionic substances (MBAS) are selected as tracers for untreated discharges originated by domestic and ur...

  5. The effect of water level fluctuation on tributary spawning migration of reservoir fish.

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    Hladík, Milan; Kube?ka, Jan

    2004-01-01

    Ro?. 4, ?. 4 (2004), s. 449-457. ISSN 1642-3593. [Ecohydrology and physical habitat modifications in lakes . Mondsee, 26.11.2003-28.11.2003] R&D Projects: GA ?R(CZ) GA206/02/0520; GA AV ?R(CZ) IBS6017004; GA AV ?R(CZ) IAA6017201; GA AV ?R(CZ) KSK6005114 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z6017912 Keywords : freshwater fish spawning migration * tributary * reservoir Subject RIV: GL - Fish ing

  6. Assessment of radon levels in some water resources in Egypt

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    Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is produced by the radioactive decay of radium. Breathing high concentrations of radon can cause lung cancer. When radon gas migrates through the atmosphere, the solid radon progeny are deposited on the soil and water below, entering into the food chain. Radon generated from rocks containing its parents may escape to the underground or surface running water, which ultimately used as drinking water or for irrigation. In this work radon level was determined in different water resources in Egypt. Water from spring, tap water Nile and some commercially available drinking water were subjected to radon measurements using CR-39 detectors. Radon concentration in different water resources was found the range from 8.94 to 10.00 Bq/m3 while in trapped air above water was 9.3 to 10.38 Bq/m3

  7. Water level changes of high altitude lakes in Himalaya–Karakoram from ICESat altimetry

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    Priyeshu Srivastava; Rakesh Bhambri; Prashant Kawishwar; D P Dobhal

    2013-12-01

    Himalaya–Karakoram (H–K) region hosts large number of high altitude lakes but are poorly gauged by in-situ water level monitoring method due to tough terrain conditions and poor accessibility. After the campaigns of ICESat during 2003–2009, now it is possible to achieve lake levels at decimetre accuracy. Therefore, in present study, high altitude lake levels were observed using ICESat/GLAS altimetry in H–K between 2003 and 2009 to generate baseline information. The study reveals that out of 13 lakes, 10 lakes show increasing trend of water levels at different rate (mean rate 0.173 m/y) whereas three lakes unveiled decreasing trend (mean rate ?0.056 m/y). Out of five freshwater lakes, four lakes show an increasing trend of their level (mean rate 0.084 m/y) whereas comparatively six salt lakes (out of seven salt lakes) exhibited ?3 times higher mean rate of lake level increase (0.233 m/y). These observed lake level rise can be attributed to the increased melt runoffs (i.e., seasonal snow and glacier melts) owing to the enhanced mean annual and seasonal air temperature during past decade in north-western (NW) Himalaya. Further, varied behaviours of lake level rises in inter- and intra-basins suggest that the local climatic fluctuations play prominent role along with regional and global climate in complex geographical system of NW Himalaya.

  8. WATER-LEVEL MONITOR FOR BOREWELL AND WATER TANK BASED ON GSM

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    Ramani, R; S.Selvaraju; S.Valarmathy; R.Thangam; B.Rajasekaran

    2012-01-01

    Now a days, home automation & remote control and monitoring systems have seen a rapid growth in terms of technology. Apparently there is no early warning system to monitor the tank water level and bore well water level when it has reached the critical level. In this paper we have provided water level monitoring in the tank as well as in the bore well. If the water level in a bore well drops below the threshold level for pumping its pump motor may get air locked or more burn out due to dry run...

  9. A multi-source satellite data approach for modelling Lake Turkana water level: Calibration and validation using satellite altimetry data

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    Velpuri, N.M.; Senay, G.B.; Asante, K.O.

    2012-01-01

    Lake Turkana is one of the largest desert lakes in the world and is characterized by high degrees of interand intra-annual fluctuations. The hydrology and water balance of this lake have not been well understood due to its remote location and unavailability of reliable ground truth datasets. Managing surface water resources is a great challenge in areas where in-situ data are either limited or unavailable. In this study, multi-source satellite-driven data such as satellite-based rainfall estimates, modelled runoff, evapotranspiration, and a digital elevation dataset were used to model Lake Turkana water levels from 1998 to 2009. Due to the unavailability of reliable lake level data, an approach is presented to calibrate and validate the water balance model of Lake Turkana using a composite lake level product of TOPEX/Poseidon, Jason-1, and ENVISAT satellite altimetry data. Model validation results showed that the satellitedriven water balance model can satisfactorily capture the patterns and seasonal variations of the Lake Turkana water level fluctuations with a Pearson's correlation coefficient of 0.90 and a Nash-Sutcliffe Coefficient of Efficiency (NSCE) of 0.80 during the validation period (2004-2009). Model error estimates were within 10% of the natural variability of the lake. Our analysis indicated that fluctuations in Lake Turkana water levels are mainly driven by lake inflows and over-the-lake evaporation. Over-the-lake rainfall contributes only up to 30% of lake evaporative demand. During the modelling time period, Lake Turkana showed seasonal variations of 1-2m. The lake level fluctuated in the range up to 4m between the years 1998-2009. This study demonstrated the usefulness of satellite altimetry data to calibrate and validate the satellite-driven hydrological model for Lake Turkana without using any in-situ data. Furthermore, for Lake Turkana, we identified and outlined opportunities and challenges of using a calibrated satellite-driven water balance model for (i) quantitative assessment of the impact of basin developmental activities on lake levels and for (ii) forecasting lake level changes and their impact on fisheries. From this study, we suggest that globally available satellite altimetry data provide a unique opportunity for calibration and validation of hydrologic models in ungauged basins. ?? Author(s) 2012.

  10. Differential equations governing slip-induced pore-pressure fluctuations in a water-saturated granular medium

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    Iverson, R.M.

    1993-01-01

    Macroscopic frictional slip in water-saturated granular media occurs commonly during landsliding, surface faulting, and intense bedload transport. A mathematical model of dynamic pore-pressure fluctuations that accompany and influence such sliding is derived here by both inductive and deductive methods. The inductive derivation shows how the governing differential equations represent the physics of the steadily sliding array of cylindrical fiberglass rods investigated experimentally by Iverson and LaHusen (1989). The deductive derivation shows how the same equations result from a novel application of Biot's (1956) dynamic mixture theory to macroscopic deformation. The model consists of two linear differential equations and five initial and boundary conditions that govern solid displacements and pore-water pressures. Solid displacements and water pressures are strongly coupled, in part through a boundary condition that ensures mass conservation during irreversible pore deformation that occurs along the bumpy slip surface. Feedback between this deformation and the pore-pressure field may yield complex system responses. The dual derivations of the model help explicate key assumptions. For example, the model requires that the dimensionless parameter B, defined here through normalization of Biot's equations, is much larger than one. This indicates that solid-fluid coupling forces are dominated by viscous rather than inertial effects. A tabulation of physical and kinematic variables for the rod-array experiments of Iverson and LaHusen and for various geologic phenomena shows that the model assumptions commonly are satisfied. A subsequent paper will describe model tests against experimental data. ?? 1993 International Association for Mathematical Geology.

  11. Study on convective mixing phenomena in parallel triple-jet along wall. Comparison of temperature fluctuation characteristics between sodium and water

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    Full text of publication follows: When temperature fluctuation due to convective mixing between hot and cold fluids is transferred to structure, there is a possibility of high cycle thermal fatigue. In a fast reactor sodium is used as coolant. Many experiments and calculations using water as working fluid have been carried out for the temperature fluctuations. As regarding sodium there are few experimental data. Sodium has approximately a 100 times larger thermal conductivity than water though dynamic viscosity is the same order. So temperature fluctuation characteristics in sodium will be different from that in water. Especially, decay characteristics of temperature fluctuation near a wall surface are strongly influenced by thermal property of fluid in a boundary layer. This is of importance to evaluate transfer characteristics of temperature fluctuation from fluid to structure. Here, sodium and water experiments were performed using the same geometry of the test sections. These experimental apparatuses have parallel triple jets sandwiched with two partition plates. The triple jets flow vertically along a wall with convective mixing among the jets. The jet in the center is cold, and two jets in both sides are hot. The discharged velocities of the triple jets were 0.5 m/s in both experiments. The temperature data were obtained by movable thermocouple trees, which consisted of 25 to 40 thermocouples. The temperatures were measured at 0.5 mm from the wall surface to the center position between the two partition plates. In addition, a particle image velocimetry was applied to the water experiment. As for the time-averaged temperature field at the furthest position from the wall, the hot jets were inclined toward the cold jet in both experiments. Temperature fluctuation intensity was high in the region where the cold jet met the hot jets. A prominent frequency was observed in temperature fluctuation where the cold jet contacted the hot jets; it was resulted from oscillation of the jets. Both sodium and water experiments showed the same tendency of frequency characteristics at the furthest position from the wall surface, and the prominent frequency in sodium was the same as that in water. Temperature fluctuation intensity in sodium is small at the neighborhood of the wall surface in comparison with that at the furthest position from the wall. In water case, on the other hand, temperature fluctuation intensity near the wall was slightly larger than that at the furthest position from the wall. In sodium, the power spectrum density (PSD) near the wall was close to the PSD at the furthest position from the wall. In water, however, the prominent frequency diminished in the PSD near the wall. The vanished frequency component was shifted to the lower frequency components. The space distributions and frequency characteristics of temperature fluctuations were obtained and differences were discussed with fluid property in sodium and water experiments. (authors)

  12. Response of the Apodi-Mossoró estuary-incised valley system (NE Brazil to sea-level fluctuations

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    Helenice Vital

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available This study focuses on the Quaternary sea level changes in the Apodi-Mossoró Estuary and adjacent shelf, Northeastern Brazil, based on the analysis of high-resolution seismic profiles, integrated with echosounder, SRTM and satellite image data. We use these data to develop a relative stratigraphy. An incised-valley extending from the Apodi-Mossoró Estuary onto the shelf dominates the investigated area. In very shallow waters (down to 10 m depth the channel lies mainly in a NW-SE direction, changing to NE-SW in waters below10 m, in the form of a J-shaped valley. The southern flank of the shallow channel presents an abrupt morphology, probably determined by a residual scarp due to neotectonic reactivation of a pre-existing fault. This incised-valley can be correlated with a former river valley formed during the late Pleistocene fall in sea-level. The base-level change related to this drop in sea level can be regionally expressed on seismic lines as a laterally-continuous stratigraphic surface named Horizon I, interpreted as representing the sub-aerial exposure of the continental shelf. Many incised valleys were excavated on this exposed shelf, including that of the Apodi-Mossoró Estuary and its incised valley system. This incised valley has lain buried since the Holocene transgression. The Holocene sediments present sub-horizontal layers, or they have filled the incised valley with oblique features.Este estudo utiliza a integração de dados sísmicos de alta resolução, batimétricos, SRTM e imagens de satélite para desenvolvimento da estratigrafia relativa visando entender as variações do nível do mar durante o Quaternário no estuário do rio Apodi-Mossoró e plataforma adjacente, nordeste do Brasil. A principal feição identificada foi um canal submerso, na plataforma interna, parcialmente preenchido, provavelmente relacionado com o sistema de vales incisos formado durante o rebaixamento do nível do mar no Pleistoceno. O canal apresenta duas direções principais (NW-SE e NE-SW, em forma da letra J, aparentemente controladas pelas estruturas tectônicas da Bacia Potiguar. A margem oeste do canal é relativamente soerguida em relação à margem leste. Com base nos dados sísmicos foi possível identificar uma descontinuidade presente em toda a área, interpretada como o limite Pleistoceno/Holoceno, bem como sismofácies referentes a padrões de preenchimento e sedimentação do canal submerso e da plataforma durante a subida do nível do mar no Holoceno.

  13. Salmon Migration Patterns Revealed the Temporal and Spatial Fluctuations of the Radiocesium Levels in Terrestrial and Ocean Environments

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    Arai, Takaomi

    2014-01-01

    The disabling of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (F1NPP) resulted in the release of radionuclides, including 134Cs and 137Cs, into the air and the ocean. The unpredicted nuclear accident is of global concern for human health and the ecosystem. Although investigations of radionuclides in environments were performed shortly after the accident started, the temporal and spatial impacts and fluctuations on the releasing radionuclides to natural environment remain unclear. I focused on sa...

  14. Carboxyhaemoglobin levels in water-pipe and cigarette smokers

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    Ansa, Theron; Cedric, Schultz; James A, Ker; Nadia, Falzone.

    2010-02-01

    Full Text Available Water-pipe smoking is growing in popularity, especially among young people, because of the social nature of the smoking session and the assumption that the effects are less harmful than those of cigarette smoking. It has however been shown that a single water-pipe smoking session produces a 24-hour [...] urinary cotinine level equivalent to smoking 10 cigarettes per day. AIM: We aimed to measure carboxyhaemoglobin (COHb) blood levels before and after water-pipe and cigarette smoking sessions. METHOD: Self-confessed smokers older than 18 years (N=30) volunteered to smoke a water-pipe or a cigarette and have their blood COHb levels measured under controlled conditions. RESULTS: Mean baseline COHb levels were 2.9% for the 15 cigarette smokers and 1.0% for the 15 water-pipe smokers. Levels increased by a mean of 481.7% in water-pipe smokers as opposed to 39.9% in cigarette smokers. CONCLUSION: The study demonstrated that water-pipe smokers had significantly higher increases in blood COHb levels thancigarette smokers during a single smoking session.

  15. Modelling Water Level Influence on Habitat Choice and Food Availability for Zostera Feeding Brent Geese Branta bernicla in Non-Tidal Areas

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    Clausen, P.

    2000-01-01

    Brent geese Branta bernicla spring fattening around Agero, Denmark, alternate between feeding on saltmarshes and submerged Zostera beds in Limfjorden. It appeared from field observations that these alternations depended on the water level in Limfjorden. A model was developed to assess the impact of water level fluctuations on the habitat use. A second model was developed to estimate the impact of water level on Zostera availability. The first model was successful in demonstrating that fluctuations in water levels had considerable influence on habitat use by the brent geese, i.e. they fed on Zostera at low water levels and on saltmarshes during high water levels, particularly so in early spring, and that the switch between habitats occurred within a narrow water level span of ca 30 cm. The second model demonstrated that the switch between habitats could be explained by lowered availability of Zostera as water levels increased. By combining the output from the two models, differences between years could partly be explained by differences in Zostera availability in the early spring period (21 March - 25 April), whereas a more complicated situation was detected later in spring (26 April - 31 May). The models presented may be considered as tools in investigations of habitat use and carrying capacity of seagrass beds in non-tidal areas, where birds' access to feeding areas regularly may be hindered by high water levels.

  16. Recent water level declines in the Lake Michigan-Huron system.

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    Sellinger, Cynthia E; Stow, Craig A; Lamon, E Conrad; Qian, Song S

    2008-01-15

    Great Lakes water levels have fluctuated over thousands of years. High water levels were a problem in the 1980s, but a recent sudden drop in Lakes Michigan and Huron has caused particular concern, in part because lower water levels are consistent with many global climate change scenarios. We examined water level data (1860-2006) representing Lakes Michigan and Huron to evaluate changes in both long-term and seasonal patterns over time, and explore relationships with candidate predictor variables. Our tools for this analysis included both Seasonal Trend decomposition using Loess (STL), and dynamic linear models (DLM). In addition to the recent decline, STL results reveal a sustained decline around 1900, a long-term periodicity of approximately 30 years, and an unexpected correspondence with sunspot activity. DLM results indicate a relationship with precipitation over a three-year lagged period, which has been essentially unchanging from 1900 to present. Additionally, the DLM highlights an underlying lake level decline beginning in approximately 1973 and continuing to the present, which may have been obscured by concurrently increasing precipitation into the 1990s. The current underlying decline might be related to a simultaneous evaporation increase, however, our model could not confirm this relationship, possibly due to the shorter period of record for evaporation data. We cannot be certain that the present observed water level drop is caused by factors related to global climate change, orthat it portends a long-term problem. However, because the underlying decline has been ongoing for approximately 33 years it may be prudent to include lower lake levels in future management planning. PMID:18284132

  17. Stable carbon and oxygen isotopes reveal Sahel drought events and ground water fluctuations in sub-Saharan Africa

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    Gebrekirstos, Aster

    2014-05-01

    Tree rings are important proxies for paleoclimate studies because they contain continuous historical records of inter-annual and intra-annual time resolutions, which range over hundreds of years. This study uses stable carbon and oxygen isotopes in tree rings to understand the drivers and impacts of climate change in sub-Saharan Africa and their ability to reconstruct past regional climate variability and climatic trends. Our approach considers large scale climate gradients and different temporal scales (inter-annual and intra-annual variations) and combines multi- parameter measurements (carbon and oxygen isotopes, whole wood and cellulose measurements). The study species are Faidherbia albida and Sclerocarya birrea from south and West Africa, respectively. Both are very important deciduous trees, and widely distributed in sub-Saharan Africa. Particularly, F. albida has a distinctive phenology; it bears leaves and flowers during the dry season and sheds its leaves during the rainy season. Stable carbon (?13C) and oxygen (?18O) mean values showed similar inter annual patterns. In general, both ?13C and ?18O show negative correlations with rainfall, humidity and PDSI. On the contrary, they are positively correlated with sunshine hours, maximum temperature and evaporation. The reverse phenology of Faidherbia and intra seasonal resolution measurements reveals seasonal ground water fluctuations. Both carbon and oxygen stable isotopes showed strong climatic signals including the long Sahel drought events and climatic recovery phases.

  18. Tectonic and climate driven fluctuations in the stratigraphic base level of a Cenozoic continental coal basin, northwestern Andes

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    Silva Tamayo, J. C.; Sierra, G. M.; Correa, L. G.

    2008-12-01

    Changes in the sedimentologic and stratigraphic characteristics of the coal-bearing middle Oligocene-late Miocene siliciclastic Amagá Formation, northwestern Colombia, reflect major fluctuations in the stratigraphic base level within the Amagá Basin, which paralleled three major stages of evolution of the middle Cenozoic Andean Orogeny. These stages, which are also traceable by the changes in the compositional modes of sandstones, controlled the occurrence of important coal deposits. The initial stage of evolution of the Amagá Basin was related to the initial uplift of the Central Cordillera of Colombia around 25 Ma, which promoted moderate subsidence rates and high rates of sediment supply into the basin. This allowed the development of aggradational braided rivers and widespread channel amalgamation resulting in poor preservation of both, low energy facies and geomorphic elements. The presence of poorly preserved Alfisols within the scarce flood plains and the absence of swamp deposits suggest arid climate during this stage. The compositional modes of sandstones suggest sediment supply from uplifted basement-cored blocks. The second stage of evolution was related to the late Oligocene eastward migration of the Pre-Andean tholeitic magmatic arc from the Western Cordillera towards the Cauca depression. This generated extensional movements along the Amagá Basin, enhancing the subsidence and increasing the accommodation space along the basin. As a result of the enhanced subsidence rates, meandering rivers developed, allowing the formation of extensive swamps deposits (currently coal beds). The excellent preservation of Entisols and Alfisols within the flood plain deposits suggests rapid channels migration and a humid climate during deposition. Moderate to highly mature channel sandstones support this contention, and point out the Central Cordillera of Colombia as the main source of sediment. Enhanced subsidence during this stage also prevented channels amalgamation and promoted both, high preservation of geomorphic elements and high diversity of sedimentary facies. This resulted in the most symmetric stratigraphic cycles of the entire Amagá Formation. The final stage of evolution of the Amagá Basin was related to the early stage of development of the late Miocene northwestern Andes tholeitic volcanism (from ˜10 to ˜8 Ma). The extensive thrusting and folding associated to this volcanism reduced the subsidence rates along the basin and thus the accommodation space. This permitted the development of highly aggradational braided rivers and promoted channels amalgamation. Little preservation of low energy facies, poor preservation of the geomorphic elements and a complete obliteration of important swamp deposits (coal beds) within the basin are reflected by the most asymmetric stratigraphic cycles of the whole formation. The presence of greenish/reddish flood plain deposits and Alfisols suggests a dry climate during this depositional stage. The presence of channel sandstones with high contents of volcanic rock fragments supports a dry climate, and suggests an incipient phase of the Combia tholeiitic magmatism present during deposition of the Amagá Formation. The subsequent eastward migration of the NW Andes magmatic arc (after ˜8 Ma) may have produced basin inversion and suppressed deposition along the Amagá Basin.

  19. Filter vented vessel with device for suppressing water rise level

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    The vessel of the present invention suppresses an abrupt rise of a pool water level in a filter vented vessel upon occurrence of an accident in a BWR type reactor container (containment vessel). That is, the vessel of the present invention comprises a water storing pool for removing aerosol, a buffer material for moderating shocks of uprising pool water and a filter for removing remaining aerosol. When steams and aerosol particles containing radioactive materials discharged from the reactor are sent to a filter vent, the buffer material suppresses and prevents abrupt rising and scattering of the pool water. With such a constitution, suppression for the rise of pool water level, prevention of scattering of pool water and rectification of released gases can be effectively conducted. As a result, the effect of removing aerosol particles by using the filter can further improved. (I.S.)

  20. Monitoring the Fluctuation of Lake Qinghai Using Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data

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    Wenbin Zhu; Shaofeng Jia; Aifeng Lv

    2014-01-01

    The knowledge of water storage variations in ungauged lakes is of fundamental importance to understanding the water balance on the Tibetan Plateau. In this paper, a simple framework was presented to monitor the fluctuation of inland water bodies by the combination of satellite altimetry measurements and optical satellite imagery without any in situ measurements. The fluctuation of water level, surface area, and water storage variations in Lake Qinghai were estimated to demonstrate this framew...

  1. Water-level change, High Plains aquifer, 1980 to 1995

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This raster data set represents water-level change in the High Plains aquifer of the United States from 1980 to 1995, in feet. The High Plains aquifer underlies...

  2. NOS CO-OPS Water Level Data, Preliminary, 6-Minute

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has recent, preliminary (not quality-controlled), 6-minute, water level (tide) data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and...

  3. NOS CO-OPS Water Level Data, Verified, 6-Minute

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has verified (quality-controlled), 6-minute, water level (tide) data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)....

  4. NOS CO-OPS Water Level Data, Verified, Hourly

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has verified (quality-controlled), hourly, water level (tide) data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS)....

  5. NOS CO-OPS Water Level Data, Verified, High Low

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has verified (quality-controlled), daily, high low water level (tide) data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services...

  6. NOS CO-OPS Water Level Data, Preliminary, 1-Minute

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    National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce — This dataset has recent, preliminary (not quality-controlled), 1-minute, water level (tide) data from NOAA NOS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and...

  7. Water level and vegetation change analysis at Stillwater Wildlife Refuge

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — The aim of the project summarized in this report was to determine the feasibility of detecting change in surface water levels and associated wetland biomass at the...

  8. 2012 Water Levels - Mojave River and the Morongo Groundwater Basins

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — During 2012, the U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies made approximately 2,500 water-level measurements in the Mojave River and Morongo groundwater basins....

  9. Water-level change, High Plains aquifer, 2000 to 2005

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This raster data set represents water-level change in the High Plains aquifer of the United States from 2000 to 2005, in feet. The High Plains aquifer underlies...

  10. Water-level change, High Plains aquifer, 2005 to 2009

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This raster data set represents water-level change in the High Plains aquifer of the United States from 2005 to 2009, in feet. The High Plains aquifer underlies...

  11. Water-level change, High Plains aquifer, 1995 to 2000

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    U.S. Geological Survey, Department of the Interior — This raster data set represents water-level change in the High Plains aquifer of the United States from 1995 to 2000, in feet. The High Plains aquifer underlies...

  12. Water level reconstruction of steam generator based on GMDH

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    Falsehood or forfeiture occurs frequently on the water level indicating meters of the steam generator, and there is no appropriate way that can precisely identify the water level but through the experience of the operator on that condition, which grievously affects the judgment of the operator on operation state of the nuclear power plant. GMDH is a flexible and normally used method to establish complicated non-linear large system mathematics model, which makes good effects when dealing with non-linear objects. A method reconstructing the water level of steam generator with GMDH in the circumstance that the crevasse of primary stream pipeline appeared was described. In comparison with the emulation results, it shows that GMDH can reconstruct the water level of steam generator accurately. The outcome can meet the practical needs and give guidance on the safe operation of the marine nuclear power plant. (authors)

  13. Levels of toxaphene congeners in fish from Danish waters

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    Fromberg, Arvid; Cederberg, Tommy Licht; Hilbert, G.; Büchert, Arne

    2000-01-01

    The levels of toxaphene congeners, in addition to PCB congeners and organochlorine pesticides, were determined in various fish samples from different Danish waters. While PCB-153 and p,p'-DDE show different levels depending on the fishing area, with highest levels in fish from the Western Baltic Sea, toxaphene was detected in all the samples investigated at a more constant level. The distribution of the three toxaphene congeners Parlar #26, #50 and #62 depends on the fishing area, with the Weste...

  14. Relation of age-0 largemouth bass abundance to hydrilla coverage and water level at Lochloosa and Orange Lakes, Florida

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    Tate, W.B.; Allen, M.S.; Myers, R.A.; Nagid, E.J.; Estes, J.R.

    2003-01-01

    Changes in electrofishing catch per hour (CPH) of age-0 largemouth bass Micropterus salmoides were examined in relation to aquatic macrophytes and seasonal water elevation at Lochloosa and Orange lakes, Florida, during the 1990s. At Lochloosa Lake, stepwise multiple regression revealed a significant positive relationship between the mean CPH of age-0 largemouth bass and the percentage of areal coverage by hydrilla Hydrilla verticallata. At Orange Lake, mean CPH was directly associated with the percentage of areal coverage by hydrilla and inversely related to summer water levels. Thus, the influence of vegetation on age-0 largemouth bass abundance was similar at both lakes, but the effects of water levels were not. Further investigations into the effects of fluctuations in water levels on age-0 largemouth bass in natural lakes are needed.

  15. Water levels through 1989 in bedrock aquifers in South Dakota

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    Winter, Douglas R.

    1994-01-01

    The U.S. Geological Survey, in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Environmental and Natural Resources, has collected water-level data for 237 wells completed in bedrock aquifers throughout South Dakota. The water levels are presented in hydrographs in the main body of the report and in tables in a Supplemental Information section at the end of the report. The data are organized by county, in alphabetical order.

  16. Radium-226 levels in Italian drinking waters and foods

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    Levels of 226Ra in Italian waters and foods were measured. Results were similar to those found in other countries, except for some mineral waters with 226Ra concentrations above 1 pCi/liter andup to 19 pCi/liter. No difinite correlation was found between the 226Ra concentrations measured and the high natural background radiation levels determined in central Italy in previous work

  17. Stationary flow solution for water levels in open channels

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    Opheusden, J.H.J. van; Molenaar, J (Jaap); Beltman, W.H.J.; Adriaanse, P.I.

    2010-01-01

    We study stationary flow in open discharge channels. A model is derived from basic principles, which is solved numerically for the water level and discharge as a function of position along the channel. The model describes the effect of external inflow from fields adjacent to the channel. Several scenarios are calculated, both for very slowly, and more rapidly flowing water courses.

  18. Typhoon and elevated radon level in a municipal water supply

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    Mao, Cheng-Hsin [Nuclear Science and Development Center, National Tsing Hua Univ., Taiwan (China); Weng, Pao-Shan [Radiation Protection Association ROC, Taiwan (China)

    2000-05-01

    The Municipal Water Supply at Hsinchu City is a water treatment plant using poly- aluminum chloride (PAC) for coagulation and then followed by precipitation and filtration. Its capacity is 70,000 m{sup 3}/day. The raw water is drawn from the nearby river. Since the subject of interest is the radon level during typhoon season, the sampling period was from March to December 1999. Commercially available electret was used for water samples taken from the five ponds in the plant. This technique relies on the measurement of radon in air above a water sample enclosed in a sealed vessel. The concentration of airbone radon released from water was determined by means of the electret ion chamber. During the first sampling period there came two typhoons. One is called Magie during June 10-17, and the other called Sam during August 20-26. The first typhoon led to the radon level measured from the water samples as high as 705 Bq/m{sup 3}, while the second caused even higher radon level as high as 772 Bq/m{sup 3}. Similar results were obtained for the second sampling period after August till December 1999. For those measured without typhoon influence, the average radon was lower from the coagulation pond yet without coagulation process during March through August 1999. However, water samples taken from the pond after precipitation did not show similar results in radon level. (author)

  19. Typhoon and elevated radon level in a municipal water supply

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    The Municipal Water Supply at Hsinchu City is a water treatment plant using poly- aluminum chloride (PAC) for coagulation and then followed by precipitation and filtration. Its capacity is 70,000 m3/day. The raw water is drawn from the nearby river. Since the subject of interest is the radon level during typhoon season, the sampling period was from March to December 1999. Commercially available electret was used for water samples taken from the five ponds in the plant. This technique relies on the measurement of radon in air above a water sample enclosed in a sealed vessel. The concentration of airbone radon released from water was determined by means of the electret ion chamber. During the first sampling period there came two typhoons. One is called Magie during June 10-17, and the other called Sam during August 20-26. The first typhoon led to the radon level measured from the water samples as high as 705 Bq/m3, while the second caused even higher radon level as high as 772 Bq/m3. Similar results were obtained for the second sampling period after August till December 1999. For those measured without typhoon influence, the average radon was lower from the coagulation pond yet without coagulation process during March through August 1999. However, water samples taken from the pond after precipitation did not show similar results in radon level. (author)

  20. The carbonate—clastic cycles of the East-Alpine Raibl group: Result of third-order sea-level fluctuations in the Carnian

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    Bechstädt, T.; Schweizer, T.

    1991-03-01

    The Carnian Raibl group of the Eastern Alps consists of three 50-100 m thick, alternating carbonate and clastic third-order cycles, each of which can be traced for hundreds of kilometers. Tectono-eustatic sea-level fluctuations of a few tens of metres, spanning a few millions of years, are the driving mechanism of this cyclicity. The carbonate intervals represent restricted marginal marine, tidal and evaporitic environments. The clastic intervals represent inner and outer shelf facies, and are related to the fluviatile "Schilfsandstein" of the Germanic facies belt. In the Raibl group, contrary to other carbonate/clastic depositional settings, relative sea-level lowstands are dominated by carbonate production, and highstands are dominated by clastic deposition. Each of the three Raibl cycles corresponds to a type-2 sequence, containing shelf margin, transgressive and highstand systems tracts. During sea-level lowstands, deltaic point sources were near the shelf margin, allowing clastics to bypass the carbonate platform. This setting corresponds to a shelf margin systems tract. Transgressive and highstand systems tracts developed during the subsequent sea-level rise, as deltaic clastics were reworked and redistributed over the carbonate platform, and the deltas retrograded to the inner shelf. The highstand systems tracts are capped by a type 2 sequence boundary, which is conformable in the study area. The systems tracts can be further subdivided into shallowing upward subcycles, caused by fourth-order sea-level fluctuations, believed to represent Milankovitch rhythms. The middle Raibl cycle is consistently thinner, and may represent a shorter termed, third-order sea-level fluctuation. Our data also corroborate a second-order transgressive trend for the Carnian.

  1. Solar Driven Automatic Water Level Controller with Dry Run Protection

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    V. Ravikiran,

    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents solar driven automatic water level controller with dry run protection (SDWLC. The main purpose of SDWLC is to reduce wastage of water, to stop dry running of motor and to use solar energy effectively by using PV system. Generally water is pumped to overheadtank (OHT from undergroundtank (UGT.People will switch on pump when taps go dry, switch off pump when water over flows and they does not check dry running of motor during this. Also pumping of water to OHT during power cuts is a major problem in most of villages and in some of cities. However these problems can be solved by SDWLC. By using inverter the DC generated from PV system is converted in to AC and given to the motor. The operation of water level controller works upon the fact that water conducts electricity. So water can be used to open or close a circuit. As the water level rises or falls, different circuits in the controller send different signals. These signals are used to switch ON or switch OFF the motor pump as per our requirements.

  2. Lake Fluctuation Effectively Regulates Wetland Evapotranspiration: A Case Study of the Largest Freshwater Lake in China

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    Xiaosong Zhao; Yuanbo Liu

    2014-01-01

    Lakes and wetlands provide valuable water resources. Wetland evapotranspiration (ET) is a key hydrologic component; however, the effects of lake fluctuation on wetland ET remain unclear. The Poyang Lake is the largest freshwater lake in China and experiences a dramatic fluctuation in water level and inundated area. This study used remote sensing data to estimate the wetland ET for Poyang Lake and to illustrate the distribution of wetland ET and its response to lake fluctuations. Our results s...

  3. Time-averaged serum potassium levels and its fluctuation associate with 5-year survival of peritoneal dialysis patients: two-center based study

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    Li, Shen-Heng; Xie, Jian-Teng; Long, Hai-Bo; Zhang, Jun; Zhou, Wei-Dong; Niu, Hong-Xin; Tang, Xun; Feng, Zhong-Lin; Ye, Zhi-Ming; Zuo, Yang-Yang; Fu, Lei; Wen, Feng; Wang, Li-Ping; Wang, Wen-Jian; Shi, Wei

    2015-01-01

    The time-averaged serum potassium was more comprehensive to reflect the all-time changes of serum potassium levels during peritoneal dialysis (PD). However, the association of fluctuation of time-averaged serum potassium level with long-time survival of PD patients remains unknown. In this retrospective study, we included 357 incident PD patients in 2 centers from January 1, 2007 to October 31, 2012 with follow-up through October 31, 2014. Our data demonstrated that it was the lower time-averaged serum potassium level rather than baseline of serum potassium level that was associated with high risk of death. Patients with higher standard deviation (SD) had significantly poorer all-cause (p?=?0.016) and cardiovascular mortality (p?=?0.041). Among the patients with time-averaged serum potassium levels below 4.0 mEq/L, a lower mean value was more important than its SD to predict death risk. In contrast, the patients with time-averaged serum potassium levels above 4.0?mEq/L, those with serum potassium SD?fluctuation contributed disproportionately to the high death risk in PD patients. PMID:26507157

  4. Water level regime in the Danube river and its river branches

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    In the major part of the left side river branch system, fed through the intake structure at Dobrohost, relatively high level conditions are kept during the whole vegetation period. The flow in the upstream part (upstream line D) is comparable with the pre-dam stages for 4000 m3 s-1 in Bratislava and between lines E to D with the pre dam 3000 m3 s-1. The very downstream part of the system is controlled by the water level fluctuation in the Danube. The water level in the old Danube could be increased substantially by constructing a series of submerged hydraulic structures. An increase in water level of more than 1.5 m was achieved by the discharge of 400 m3 s-1 in the old Danube using preliminary design of structures situated in the reach between rkm 1817-1825. The guaranteed width of 90 m and depth of 2 m in the old Danube could be achieved at discharge rates of 1500 m3 s-1 or higher. The flow velocity is about 0.5 m s-1 or higher. The flow velocity is about 0.5 m s-1 in the reaches between the structures at discharge 400 m3 s-1 and about 1 m s-1 at discharge of m3 s-1. (authors). 8 figs., 1 map, 12 refs

  5. Transient response of Salix cuttings to changing water level regimes

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    Gorla, L.; Signarbieux, C.; Turberg, P.; Buttler, A.; Perona, P.

    2015-03-01

    Sustainable water management requires an understanding of the effects of flow regulation on riparian ecomorphological processes. We investigated the transient response of Salix viminalis by examining the effect of water-level regimes on its above-ground and below-ground biomass. Four sets of Salix cuttings, three juveniles (in the first growing season) and one mature (1 year old), were planted and initially grown under the same water-level regime for 1 month. We imposed three different water-level regime treatments representing natural variability, a seasonal trend with no peaks, and minimal flow (characteristic of hydropower) consisting of a constant water level and natural flood peaks. We measured sap flux, stem water potential, photosynthesis, growth parameters, and final root architecture. The mature cuttings were not affected by water table dynamics, but the juveniles displayed causal relationships between the changing water regime, plant growth, and root distribution during a 2 month transient period. For example, a 50% drop in mean sap flux corresponded with a -1.5 Mpa decrease in leaf water potential during the first day after the water regime was changed. In agreement with published field observations, the cuttings concentrated their roots close to the mean water table of the corresponding treatment, allowing survival under altered conditions and resilience to successive stress events. Juvenile development was strongly impacted by the minimum flow regime, leading to more than 60% reduction of both above-ground and below-ground biomass, with respect to the other treatments. Hence, we suggest avoiding minimum flow regimes where Salix restoration is prioritized.

  6. Relationships Between Skin Properties and Body Water Level

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    Andersson, Ida; Hedvall, Anders

    2013-01-01

    A need for a quantitative method to determine body water level has been identified by a team of Clinical Innovation Fellows at the Centre for Technology in Medicine and Health (CTMH). A reliable way to determine body water level would bring great benefits to the healthcare sector, where no optimal method is available at the time of writing. A possible solution is a sensor that would measure alterations in skin properties due to changes in total body water. CTMH has had an idea of such a senso...

  7. Non-renewable water use on the globe and its implication to sea level change

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    Oki, T.; Pokhrel, Y. N.; Hanasaki, N.; Koirala, S.; Kanae, S.

    2012-12-01

    The real hydrological cycles on the Earth are not natural anymore. Global hydrological model simulations of the water cycle and available water resources should have an ability to consider the effects of human interventions on hydrological cycles. Anthropogenic activity modules, such as reservoir operation, crop growth and water demand in croplands, and environmental flows, were incorporated into a land surface model to form a new model, MAT-HI. Total terrestrial water storages (TWS) in large river basins were estimated using the new model by off-line simulation, and compared with the TWS observed by GRACE for 2002-2007. MAT-HI was further coupled with a module representing the ground water level fluctuations, and consists a new land surface scheme HiGW-MAT (Human Intervention and Ground Water coupled MATSIRO). HiGW-MAT is also associated with a scheme tracing the origin and flow path with the consideration on the sources of water withdrawal from stream flow, medium-size reservoirs and nonrenewable groundwater in addition to precipitation to croplands which enabled the assessment of the origin of water producing major crops. Areas highly dependent on nonrenewable groundwater are detected in the Pakistan, Bangladesh, Western part of India, north and western parts of China, some regions in the Arabian Peninsula, and the western part of the United States through Mexico. Cumulative nonrenewable groundwater withdrawals estimated by the model are corresponding fairly well with the country statistics of total groundwater withdrawals. Ground water table depletions in large aquifers in US estimated by HiGW-MAT were compared with in-situ observational data, and the correspondences are very good. Mean global exploitation of ground water for 2000 estimated by HiGW-MAT is 360 km3/y as an excess of ground water withdrawal over natural recharge into aquifer. This unsustainable groundwater use, together with artificial reservoir water impoundment, climate-driven changes in terrestrial water storage and the loss of water from closed basins, could have contributed a sea-level rise of about 0.77mm/y between 1961 and 2003, about 42% of the observed sea-level rise.

  8. Water levels in bedrock aquifers in South Dakota

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    Bradford, Wendell L.

    1981-01-01

    This report on water levels in bedrock aquifers in South Dakota is the result of a continuing investigation begun in 1959 by the U.S. Geological Survey in cooperation with the South Dakota Department of Water and Natural Resources. The purpose of the investigation is to collect data on the artesian water supply in the bedrock aquifers and to present these data in data reports that will aid in planning the use and conservation of water from these aquifers in South Dakota. The locations of wells were data have been collected are included. (USGS)

  9. Determination of Heavy Metal Levels in Various Industrial Waste Waters

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    Mustafa ?ahin Dündar

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Important part of the environmetal pollution consists of waste water and water pollution. The water polluted by anthropogenical, industrial, and agricultural originated sources are defined as waste waters which are the main pollution sources for reservoirs, rivers, lakes, and seas. In this work, waste waters of leather, textile, automotive side, and metal plating industries were used to determine the levels of Cu, Zn, Cr, Pb and Ni by using Flame Atomic Absorption Spectrometer. As a result, highest mean levels of copper in supernatants of plating and textile industries were observed as 377,18 ng ml-1, respectively 103 ng ml-1 lead and 963,6 ng ml-1 nickel in plating industry, 1068,2 ng ml-1 zinc and 14557,1 ng ml-1 chromium in plating and leather industries were determined.

  10. Measuring historic water levels of Lake Balaton and tributary wetlands using georeferenced maps

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    Zlinszky, A.

    2009-04-01

    Lake Balaton is a large and relatively shallow lake located in western Hungary. The lake is joined by small wetlands on the north shore and larger water-filled valleys on the south separated by and elevated sand bar. These wetlands are assumed to have been connected with Lake Balaton before the water level was artificially lowered in 1893. No regular measurements of the water level of the lake or these wetlands were carried out before the draining of the lake. Most of the wetlands were completely isolated from the water system of the lake after the water level change as roads, railway and holiday homes were built. The low valleys of the southern shore still hold many fishponds, swamps and wet meadows, which are important sanctuaries for rare wetland species, and are often less disturbed than the lake, which is a popular holiday resort. Hydrologic restoration of these wetlands is only possible if accurate information exists on the original, natural state. The 1776 Krieger-map and the first military survey (1782-1785) are the most accurate known maps of the original state of the Lake Balaton area. These maps were surveyed using triangulation and leveling, and are accurate enough to be compared with the present-day situation. Some of the depicted buildings and landmarks still survive and can be used as control points for georeferencing and correcting these maps. Since the bathymetry of the lake and the topography of the surrounding countryside have hardly changed, existing digital elevation models of the present-day relief could be compared to these georeferenced maps. The elevation profile of the lake shore and wetland borders can be calculated by tracing these lines on a Digital Elevation Model. The shore area of Lake Balaton has been filled in and changed, so present-day land topography can not be used to estimate the water level from the elevation profile of the shore line. However, the Krieger-map also shows bathymetric contours, and previous studies have shown that the topography of the lake floor has not changed measurably in the last hundred years. The bathymetric contours of Lake Balaton depicted on the georeferenced Krieger-map were digitized and overlain on the present-day DEM of the lake floor. The elevation profile of these lines was used to calculate the original elevation of the water level of the lake with the accuracy of one meter. The height of the water table around the lake depends closely on the water level of the lake, but wetlands can retain water and thus sustain a higher water table in the tributary valleys than in the lake itself. In order to measure the elevation of the water table around the lake, the borders of the water-logged areas on the southern shore of the lake were also digitized from the sheets of the First Military Survey and traced on a DEM of the hills on the southern side of the lake. The elevation of the water level in these wetlands was calculated based on these profiles. The water level in some valleys adjoining the lake is significantly higher than the water level of the lake itself, which shows that the water balance of these wetlands was mostly independent of the fluctuation of the lake. Some other large wetlands have borders that are in the same elevation as the shores of the lake itself, which shows that these wetlands are in close connection with the lake. The mapping of these historic wetland properties provides a valuable guide for future habitat restoration efforts.

  11. Monitoring of water level inside reactor pressure vessel

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    Up to the TMI accident the water level inside the pressurizer was used to monitor the water inventory inside the primary cooling system of pressurized water reactors. The TMI accident showed that this was not a reliable measurement for the reactor coolant inventory inside the reactor pressure vessel. For this reason there was a demand for a measurement of the water level inside the RVP, independent from the existing one inside the pressurizer and with a diverse measuring method. For WWER reactors a new level measurement system was developed to monitor the water level inside the reactor pressure vessel by means of the KNITU, resp. KITU level probe which meet all the mentioned engineered safeguards and geometric and constructive requirements. First backfitting s of the new level measurement system in the WWER s 440 in Bohunice V1 (Slovakia), unit 1 (1998) and unit 2 (2000), Novovoronezh (Russia), unit 4 (1999) and Kola (Russia), unit 1 and unit 2 (1999) show very good operational results. (Authors)

  12. Environmental factors related to water level regulation - a comparative study in northern Finland

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    The environmental conditions of the littoral zone were studied in the regulated Lake Ontojaervi and the unregulated Lake Lentua in northern Finland. The general aims of the study were to analyse the environmental factors related to water level regulation in the littoral zone and to produce information for assessing the effects of hydroelectric development in northern lakes. The study was basically carried out by comparing the littoral environments of the two study lakes. The most visible effects of water level regulation were related to the raised water level, which yielded erosion of sandy shores at the beginning of the regulation. Another effect of lake regulation was the altered fluctuation of the water level, which led to bottom instability and increased the size of the frozen and ice penetration zones. The effect of ice penetration was also easy to recognize on the shores of Lake Ontojaervi, where the surface sediment was frozen to a greater depth and across wider areas than in Lake Lentua. Below the freezing zone, the ice just pressed down on the sediment. The shores of Lake Ontojaervi were steeper than those of Lake Lentua, which affected the distribution of bottom types, with sandy bottoms being more common in Lake Lentua than in Lake Ontojaervi. The factors related to site exposure included effective fetch and the shape of the shoreline. The sedimentation level correlated only with the slope and was not predicted by the fetch or shape. The vertical reduction of light was estimated on the basis of water colour. The main environmental factors from the two lakes were used in a discriminant analysis to predict the bottom type distribution of the littoral (r2 = 0.41). (orig.) 66 refs

  13. Condensation heat transfer of a co-current steam-water stratified flow in a rectangular channel and temperature fluctuations near the interface

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    Fundamental phenomena of condensation heat transfer at a steam-water interface have been studied related to the thermo-hydrodynamics of the emergency core cooling system for light water reactors. Temperature fluctuations in the liquid phase and near the interface were measured using the fine thermocouples and heat transfer coefficient was determined experimentally. The condensation heat transfer coefficient increased with the steam and water Reynolds numbers. Extraordinary temperature rise beyond the saturation temperature was observed in steam phase close to the interface. (author)

  14. Impacts of Water Levels on Breeding Canada Geese and the Methodology for Mitigation and Enhancement in the Flathead Drainage, 1983 Annual Report.

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    Ball, I. Joseph

    1984-01-01

    The lower Flathead River Canada goose study was initiated to determine goose population trends and the effects of water level fluctuations on Canada goose nest and brood habitat, as a result of releases from Kerr Dam. This report presents data collected during the 1983 field season (15 February to 30 September, 1983) as part of an ongoing project. (DT)

  15. Estimation of the influence of level fluctuations of the Caspian Sea on navigation and development of activities on the improvement of the condition of the infrastructure of waterways in the delta of the Astrakhan region

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    Karasaeva Al’finur Ravil’evna

    2010-10-01

    Full Text Available According experts’ forecasts, the fall of the level of the Caspian Sea, which has been recently stabilized on the mark – minus 26.5 m. on the coast of the Russian Federation, is expected. The modern condition of waterways of the Astrakhan region is considered due to the fact that navigation belongs to basic branches of the national economy, depending on fluctuations of the sea level. It is noticed that many objects of the infrastructure of the Astrakhan region, such as industrial enterprises, agricultural and fishing organizations, and ports, including the port Olya, are situated in so-called "coastal zone of risk". It is offered to apply bank protection of half-slope type as means to protect the given territo-ries from the influence of waters of the Caspian Sea. It is a levee, which frontal slope is strengthened by precast concrete slabs.

  16. Ground Water Modeling Of Arsenic Contaminated Sandy Aquifer With Response To Transient River Levels, Mekong Delta, Cambodia.

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    Ganguly, S.; Polizzotto, M.; Sampson, M.; Fendor, S.; Benner, S.

    2006-12-01

    The sandy aquifer of Mekong River Delta in Cambodia is a primary drinking water source and contains elevated concentrations of dissolved arsenic (15-1300?g/L), a common problem of Southeast Asia. Both hydraulic heads and dissolved arsenic concentrations vary temporally with respect to transient hydraulic head of the Mekong River, suggesting that groundwater flow plays a potentially important role in arsenic mobilization/transportation. The river fluctuates annually 5 to 8 m, with the highest levels in mid-September due to upstream monsoonal rains and Himalayan snowmelt and the lowest levels in mid-May to early June. The hydraulic gradient between the river and adjacent aquifer changes direction biannually; when the river is rising the gradient is from the river to the aquifer, when the river is falling the gradient is from the aquifer towards the river. In contrast, wetlands overlying the aquifer exhibit time varying head change of 2.5 to 3m annually due to local rain from late September to early October and an apparent limited hydraulic connection to aquifer. Numerical modeling (using MODFLOW) is able to reproduce the aquifer head distribution by transiently altering the river boundary condition, supporting the hypothesis that the temporal variations in observed hydraulic head are primarily driven by the seasonal river fluctuations. The modeling also supports the conclusion that the observed dampening of water level fluctuations in the distal part of the study area is due to increasing distance from the Mekong River.

  17. Fluctuating water table affects gross ecosystem production and gross radiation use efficiency in a sedge-grass marsh.

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    Dušek, Ji?í; ?ížková, Hana; Stellner, Stanislav; Czerný, Radek; Kv?t, Jan

    2012-01-01

    Ro?. 692, ?. 1 (2012), s. 57-66. ISSN 0018-8158 R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) ED1.1.00/02.0073; GA MŽP(CZ) SP/2D1/93/07; GA MŠk OC08021 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z60870520 Keywords : Wetland * fen * carbon * water level * Carex acuta L. * Eddy covariance Subject RIV: DA - Hydrology ; Limnology Impact factor: 1.985, year: 2012

  18. Turbulent Humidity Fluctuations in the Convective Boundary Layer: Case Studies Using Water Vapour Differential Absorption Lidar Measurements

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    Muppa, Shravan Kumar; Behrendt, Andreas; Späth, Florian; Wulfmeyer, Volker; Metzendorf, Simon; Riede, Andrea

    2015-09-01

    Turbulent humidity fluctuations in the convective boundary layer (CBL) under clear-sky conditions were investigated by deriving moments up to fourth-order. High-resolution humidity measurements were collected with a water vapour differential absorption lidar system during the {HD(CP)}2 Observational Prototype Experiment (HOPE). Two cases, both representing a well-developed CBL around local noon, are discussed. While the first case (from the intensive observation period (IOP) 5 on 20 April 2013) compares well with what is considered typical CBL behaviour, the second case (from IOP 6 on 24 April 2013) shows a number of non-typical characteristics. Both cases show similar capping inversions and wind shear across the CBL top. However, a major difference between both cases is the advection of a humid layer above the CBL top during IOP 6. While the variance profile of IOP 5 shows a maximum at the interfacial layer, two variance peaks are observed near the CBL top for IOP 6. A marked difference can also be seen in the third-order moment and skewness profiles: while both are negative (positive) below (above) the CBL top for IOP 5, the structure is more complex for IOP 6. Kurtosis is about three for IOP 5, whereas for IOP 6, the distribution is slightly platykurtic. We believe that the entrainment of an elevated moist layer into the CBL is responsible for the unusual findings for IOP 6, which suggests that it is important to consider the structure of residual humidity layers entrained into the CBL.

  19. Quantification of the response delay of mobile radon-in-air detectors applied for detecting short-term fluctuations of radon-in-water concentrations

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    Radon-in-water concentration time-series that are detected by means of radon-in-air detectors usually demonstrate a distinct response delay between radon-in-water concentration and the related radon-in-air records. This response delay results in recorded radon-in-air time-series that are not fully reflecting short-term radon-in-water fluctuations. The response delay is due to (i) the water/air transfer kinetics of radon and (ii) the delayed decay equilibrium between 222Rn and its progeny 218Po, which is actually being measured by most radon-in-air monitors. In the discussed study we designed a laboratory experiment with a defined radon-in-water input function, recorded the radon-in-air response signal and analysed the two time-series. Radon-in-air records showed a delay of about 10 min relative to the radon-in-water concentrations. However, for reconstructing the original radon-in-water signal based on the detected radon-in-air time-series we developed a numerical model considering all delay causing parameters. It was shown that the applied model allows reconstructing the input signal without any time delay and with correct concentrations for all concentration fluctuations lasting longer than about 10 min. In conclusion we can state that the developed numerical model allows a precise determination of radon-in-water concentration time-series based on radon-in-air records even if short-term fluctuations (>10 min) occur. (authors)

  20. WATER-LEVEL MONITOR FOR BOREWELL AND WATER TANK BASED ON GSM

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    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Now a days, home automation & remote control and monitoring systems have seen a rapid growth in terms of technology. Apparently there is no early warning system to monitor the tank water level and bore well water level when it has reached the critical level. In this paper we have provided water level monitoring in the tank as well as in the bore well. If the water level in a bore well drops below the threshold level for pumping its pump motor may get air locked or more burn out due to dry running. It is awkward for farmers to walk all the way to their fields at night just to switch the pump motor off. Besides, he may never get to identify the problem. This problem can be solved by using this GSM based system that will automatically make a call to the user mobile phone, when the water Level in the bore well drops threshold below or rises to the threshold level for pumping. The user can also remotely switch on or off the pump motor by sending a SMS from his mobile phone. The system is simple, reliable, portable and affordable. We proposed the work in which, Whenever water level in the tankdrops below the required level the system try to fill the tank by switching on the bore well motor to pump the water into the tank It is must to have enough water in the bore well to avoid the formation of air gap or empty running of bore well motor. High precision water level sensor is used to identify the reference water level to activate and deactivate the motor and system properly by interfacing the sensor devices into the well definedembedded system.

  1. Late Pleistocene and Early Holocene lake-level fluctuations in the Lahontan Basin, Nevada: Implications for the distribution of archaeological sites

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    Adams, K.D.; Goebel, Thomas; Graf, K.; Smith, G.M.; Camp, A.J.; Briggs, R.W.; Rhode, D.

    2008-01-01

    The Great Basin of the western U.S. contains a rich record of late Pleistocene and Holocene lake-level fluctuations as well as an extensive record of human occupation during the same time frame. We compare spatial-temporal relationships between these records in the Lahontan basin to consider whether lake-level fluctuations across the Pleistocene-Holocene transition controlled distribution of archaeological sites. We use the reasonably well-dated archaeological record from caves and rockshelters as well as results from new pedestrian surveys to investigate this problem. Although lake levels probably reached maximum elevations of about 1230-1235 m in the different subbasins of Lahontan during the Younger Dryas (YD) period, the duration that the lakes occupied the highest levels was brief Paleoindian and early Archaic archaeological sites are concentrated on somewhat lower and slightly younger shorelines (???1220-1225 in) that also date from the Younger Dryas period. This study suggests that Paleoindians often concentrated their activities adjacent to large lakes and wetland resources soon after they first entered the Great Basin. ?? 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Relation of drainage problems to high ground-water levels, Coconut Grove area, Oahu, Hawaii

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    Swain, L.A.; Huxel, C.J., Jr.

    1971-01-01

    Purpose and Scope In 1969, hydrologic data-collection sites were established in and around the Coconut Grove area for the purpose of measuring directly the relationship between rainfall, runoff, ground-water levels, the level of water in Kawainui Swamp and the canals, and tidal fluctuations. The primary objective was to identify the causes of the occurrence and persistence of flooding and to gain data on which to base recommendations for remedial action. The scope of the study included establishing and operating flow and stage-recording gages on the Swamp, Kawainui Canal, and the inner canal; periodic and repeated measurements of ground-water level in test borings throughout the residential area; collection and analysis of soil and construction borings made for engineering purposes; the assembly and analysis of all available data relating surface and subsurface flow conditions, and the development of conclusions as to the causes and means to alleviate the flooding. This report summarizes the information collected from October 1969 to June 1971, includes analysis of the data, and discusses the probable causes of flooding.

  3. Salmon Migration Patterns Revealed the Temporal and Spatial Fluctuations of the Radiocesium Levels in Terrestrial and Ocean Environments

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    Arai, Takaomi

    2014-01-01

    The disabling of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (F1NPP) resulted in the release of radionuclides, including 134Cs and 137Cs, into the air and the ocean. The unpredicted nuclear accident is of global concern for human health and the ecosystem. Although investigations of radionuclides in environments were performed shortly after the accident started, the temporal and spatial impacts and fluctuations on the releasing radionuclides to natural environment remain unclear. I focused on salmon, which migrate from inland to the open ocean globally, to reveal the three-year (May 2011 to February 2014) fluctuations and accumulations of 134Cs and 137Cs from terrestrial to open ocean environments after the F1NPP accident. The 134Cs and 137Cs concentrations in six salmonids exhibited lower temporal variations for three years after the F1NPP accident, suggesting that these radionuclides are widely distributed and these radionuclides remain in the natural environment globally with less convergence. The accumulation patterns were significantly different among the different salmon species. Fluvial (freshwater residence) type salmons exhibited significantly higher accumulation in 134Cs (25.3–40.2 Bq kg?1 in mean) and 137Cs (41.4–51.7 Bq kg?1 in mean) than did the anadromous (sea-run) type salmons (0.64–8.03 Bq kg?1 in mean 134Cs and 0.42–10.2 Bq kg?1 in mean 137Cs) suggesting widespread contamination in terrestrial environments versus the coastal and open ocean environments. Salmonids are the most highly migratory animals and are characterised by their strong tendency to return home to their natal site for reproduction. Salmonids have a potential to be a good indicator as an effective monitoring animal. PMID:24964195

  4. Salmon migration patterns revealed the temporal and spatial fluctuations of the radiocesium levels in terrestrial and ocean environments.

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    Arai, Takaomi

    2014-01-01

    The disabling of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (F1NPP) resulted in the release of radionuclides, including 134Cs and 137Cs, into the air and the ocean. The unpredicted nuclear accident is of global concern for human health and the ecosystem. Although investigations of radionuclides in environments were performed shortly after the accident started, the temporal and spatial impacts and fluctuations on the releasing radionuclides to natural environment remain unclear. I focused on salmon, which migrate from inland to the open ocean globally, to reveal the three-year (May 2011 to February 2014) fluctuations and accumulations of 134Cs and 137Cs from terrestrial to open ocean environments after the F1NPP accident. The 134Cs and 137Cs concentrations in six salmonids exhibited lower temporal variations for three years after the F1NPP accident, suggesting that these radionuclides are widely distributed and these radionuclides remain in the natural environment globally with less convergence. The accumulation patterns were significantly different among the different salmon species. Fluvial (freshwater residence) type salmons exhibited significantly higher accumulation in 134Cs (25.3-40.2 Bq kg(-1) in mean) and 137Cs (41.4-51.7 Bq kg(-1) in mean) than did the anadromous (sea-run) type salmons (0.64-8.03 Bq kg(-1) in mean 134Cs and 0.42-10.2 Bq kg(-1) in mean 137Cs) suggesting widespread contamination in terrestrial environments versus the coastal and open ocean environments. Salmonids are the most highly migratory animals and are characterised by their strong tendency to return home to their natal site for reproduction. Salmonids have a potential to be a good indicator as an effective monitoring animal. PMID:24964195

  5. Monitoring water levels by integrating optical and synthetic aperture radar water masks with lidar DEMs

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    Hopkinson, C.; Brisco, B.; Patterson, S.

    2014-12-01

    The ability to map and monitor wetland and lake open water extent and levels across the landscape allows improved estimates of watershed water balance, surface storage and flood inundation. The study presents open water classifications over the wetland dominated Sheppard Slough watershed east of Calgary in western Canada using parallel temporal imagery captured from the RapidEye and RadarSat satellites throughout 2013, a year of widespread and costly flood inundation in this region. The optical and SAR-based temporal image stacks were integrated with a high-resolution lidar DEM in order to delineate regions of inundation on the DEM surface. GIS techniques were developed to extract lidar-derived water surface elevations and track the spatio-temporal variation in pond and lake water level across the watershed. Water bodies were assigned unique identifiers so that levels could be tracked and linked to their associated watershed channel reach. The procedure of optical image classification through to merging of individual water bodies into watershed channel topology and extracting reach water levels has been automated within python scripts. The presentation will describe: i) the procedures used; ii) a comparison of the SAR and optical classification and water level extraction results; iii) a discussion of the spatio-temporal variations in water level across the Sheppard Slough watershed; and iv) a commentary on how the approach could be implemented for web-based operational monitoring and as simulation initialisation inputs for flood inundation model studies.

  6. Global Gray Water Footprint and Water Pollution Levels Related to Anthropogenic Nitrogen Loads to Fresh Water.

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    Mekonnen, Mesfin M; Hoekstra, Arjen Y

    2015-11-01

    This is the first global assessment of nitrogen-related water pollution in river basins with a specification of the pollution by economic sector, and by crop for the agricultural sector. At a spatial resolution of 5 by 5 arc minute, we estimate anthropogenic nitrogen (N) loads to freshwater, calculate the resultant gray water footprints (GWFs), and relate the GWFs per river basin to runoff to calculate the N-related water pollution level (WPL) per catchment. The accumulated global GWF related to anthropogenic N loads in the period 2002-2010 was 13 × 10(12) m(3)/y. China contributed about 45% to the global total. Three quarters of the GWF related to N loads came from diffuse sources (agriculture), 23% from domestic point sources and 2% from industrial point sources. Among the crops, production of cereals had the largest contribution to the N-related GWF (18%), followed by vegetables (15%) and oil crops (11%). The river basins with WPL > 1 (where the N load exceeds the basin's assimilation capacity), cover about 17% of the global land area, contribute about 9% of the global river discharge, and provide residence to 48% of the global population. PMID:26440220

  7. Pretransitional behavior in a water-DDAB-5CB microemulsion close to the demixing transition. Evidence for intermicellar attraction mediated by paranematic fluctuations

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    Caggioni, M; Bellini, T; Clark, N A; Mantegazza, F; Maritan, A; Caggioni, Marco; Giacometti, Achille; Bellini, Tommaso; Clark, Noel A.; Mantegazza, Francesco; Maritan, Amos

    2005-01-01

    We present a study of a water-in-oil microemulsion in which surfactant coated water nanodroplets are dispersed in the isotropic phase of the thermotropic liquid crystal 5CB. As the temperature is lowered below the isotropic to nematic phase transition of pure 5CB, the system displays a demixing transition leading to a coexistence of a droplet rich isotropic phase with a droplet poor nematic. The transition is anticipated, in the high T side, by increasing pretransitional fluctuations in 5CB molecular orientation and in the nanodroplet concentration. The observed phase behavior supports the notion that the nanosized droplets, while large enough for their statistical behavior to be probed via light scattering, are also small enough to act as impurities, disturbing the local orientational ordering of the liquid crystal and thus experiencing pretransitional attractive interaction mediated by paranematic fluctuations. The pretransitional behavior, together with the topology of the phase diagram, can be understood ...

  8. Poster abstract: Water level estimation in urban ultrasonic/passive infrared flash flood sensor networks using supervised learning

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    Mousa, Mustafa

    2014-04-01

    This article describes a machine learning approach to water level estimation in a dual ultrasonic/passive infrared urban flood sensor system. We first show that an ultrasonic rangefinder alone is unable to accurately measure the level of water on a road due to thermal effects. Using additional passive infrared sensors, we show that ground temperature and local sensor temperature measurements are sufficient to correct the rangefinder readings and improve the flood detection performance. Since floods occur very rarely, we use a supervised learning approach to estimate the correction to the ultrasonic rangefinder caused by temperature fluctuations. Preliminary data shows that water level can be estimated with an absolute error of less than 2 cm. © 2014 IEEE.

  9. RETRAN02 analysis of reactor water level controller failure

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    This study provides a detailed examination of a feedwater flow excursion caused by a Reactor Water Level Controller Failure at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant (3579 Mwth, GE BWR 6). The feedwater flow excursion led to a plant scram due to high reactor water level. Plant conditions were as follows: power 63.5%, coreflow 50.4% and steamflow 60.5%. Both one-dimensional kinetics and point kinetics RETRAN neutronic models for the actual point conditions are implemented. Confidence in the model and modeling techniques was achieved by comparing the analytical transient response with the actual plant data. Measured parameters consisted of recorded data from the Emergency Response Information System, the plant process computer, and other available data acquisition systems. RETRAN observables consist of major and minor edit variables, Trip Summary table, and other printed RETRAN output. Good agreement was found with the parameters monitored: core power, reactor steam dome pressure, core flow, steamflow, and reactor water level

  10. Monitoring Water Level in Agriculture Using Sensor Networks

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    Iqbal Singh

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Recent advances in communications technology andwireless sensor networks made new trends to emerge inagriculture sector. One such new trend is Precision Agriculture.In this paper we are giving brief outline of using Wireless SensorNetworks (WSN in Monitoring water level in the farm area forPrecision Agriculture. This algorithm offers a maximumopportunity of delivery of water level informationpackets/signals to base station as it also computes a threshold aswell as does calculates values based on transmission range. Thisover all computational mechanism helps us to build a robustmechanism for delivery of information to base station thus,reducing the packet loss. Our algorithm which picks up theinformation for water level can be further optimized by usingoptimization algorithms, which lead to smoothening of packetdelivery ratio, thereby increasing the packet delivery ratio bychoosing the right cost path with the help of optimizationtechniques like genetic algorithm, neural networks.

  11. An Indirect Adaptive Controller to Regulate UTSG Water Level in Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor

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    Djamel Boukhetala; Touati Sai; Khaled Halbaoui; Feres Boudjema

    2012-01-01

    Stabilizing water level of the Steam Generator (SG) in nuclear power plant is a very important problem since its parameters vary with operating conditions and dynamics of the system is very different according to the power levels and changes as time goes on. Therefore, it is an intractable as well as challenging task to improve the water level control system of the SG. In this study, a new framework for building an adaptive Minimum Variance controller for stabilizing water-level of SG is prop...

  12. Monitoring overwash using water-level loggers resolves frequent inundation and run-up events

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    VanDusen, Beth M.; Theuerkauf, Ethan J.; Fegley, Stephen R.; Rodriguez, Antonio B.

    2016-02-01

    Long-term (months to years) data on barrier-island overwash are lacking, but necessary for the proper parameterization of models addressing island response to rising sea levels, increased storminess and anthropogenic changes. Here, we present a method for recording overwash events that requires little maintenance and can endure storms. This technique uses water-level data loggers suspended in shallow wells that are anchored deeply into the ground. The loggers are placed close to the highest elevation of the barrier island along a cross-shore transect and record high-resolution (± 1 cm) and high-frequency (2 minute) water-level measurements. We developed a schema for differentiating between tidal fluctuations in groundwater, run-up overwash and inundation overwash based on the pattern of water-level changes. Interpretations were validated using trail cameras aimed at the well and programmed to take a photograph every 5 min during daylight hours. There were some data gaps in the record caused by siltation of the logger in the well, repairing a corroded severed cable that was suspending the logger, and limited logger data storage. We constructed a year-long record of overwash frequency and magnitude from October 2012-2013 that included 43 distinct overwash events at a washover fan that initially formed in August of 2011 on Onslow Beach, NC, USA. The record revealed a shift in overwash intensity at the study site, reflecting both changing water levels and changing barrier morphology. The high number of overwash events that occurred at the washover fan 14 months after its initial formation is likely not unique to this site; however, overwash frequency needs to be measured along other shorelines using this method.

  13. Wireless Automatic Water Level Control using Radio Frequency Communication

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    MUKTHA SHANKARI K; K.Jyothi; MANU E O; NAVEEN I P; HARSHA HERLE

    2013-01-01

    Water scarcity is the serious issue in major cities. It is a common problem which is faced by every house owner, that when his tank is empty he has to switch on the motor and switch the motor off when it is full. Due to the busy life it is common that the tank usually overflows without notice. One has to keep on observing his tank water level to switch off the motor once it is switched on. And sometimes this also can happen that the motor coil burns because of absence of water in the sump. So...

  14. Fluctuating sea levels off Bombay (India) between 14,500 and 10,000 years before present

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    Nigam, R.; Hashimi, N.H.; Menezes, E.T.; Wagh, A.B.

    of deposition shows that sea level had transgressed considerably prior to 10,000 years before present (super(14) C age of the surface sediment). By comparison with global events, we infer that the sea level was at 101.5 m below the present level at about 14...

  15. Effects of Water Levels on Productivity of Canada Geese in the Northern Flathead Valley, 1984 Annual Report.

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    Casey, Daniel

    1985-02-01

    Operation of Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork Flathead River causes sporadic level fluctuations along the main stem Flathead River. Seasonal water level fluctuations and substantial habitat losses have occurred as a result of construction and operation of Kerr Dam, which regulates Flathead Lake. These fluctuations may impact goose populations through flooding or erosion of nesting and brood-rearing habitats, and increased susceptibility of nests and young to predation. The number, location, and success of goose nests were determined through pair surveys and nest searches. Counts of indicated pairs suggest there were 73-125 occupied nests in the study area; 44 were located in 1984. Twenty were island ground nests, 19 were tree nests, and 5 were on man-made structures. Hatching success was 76 percent. Sixty-one percent of all nests were in deciduous forest habitat; 87 percent were on riparian bench or island landforms. Seventy-four percent of all nests were within 5 m of the seasonal high water mark (HWM) and 85 percent of ground nests were 1 m or less above the HWM. Production, habitat use, and distribution of broods were documented through aerial, boat, ground, and observation tower surveys. 28 refs., 10 figs., 4 tabs.

  16. Measurements of wall pressure fluctuations on a cylinder in annular water flow with upstream disturbance. Part II. Flow spoilers

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    The second part of an experimental study of wall-pressure fluctuations on a circular rod concentrically located in circular channels of three different hydraulic diameters is reported. Part I presented results with no upstream disturbances; this report is concerned with the effects of upstream flow spoilers. Experimental results from the measurement of fluctuating wall pressures are presented in various statistical forms, including power spectral density representations and mean-square values, as the basis for studying the effects of upstream disturbances and hydraulic diameter. The upstream disturbance generated by a grid-type spoiler is shown to have a more dominant effect on wall-pressure fluctuations than the other types of spoilers tested

  17. The seismic-stratigraphic record of lake-level fluctuations in Lake Challa: Hydrological stability and change in equatorial East Africa over the last 140 kyr

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    Moernaut, J.; Verschuren, D.; Charlet, F.; Kristen, I.; Fagot, M.; De Batist, M.

    2010-02-01

    Seismic-reflection data from crater lake Challa (Mt. Kilimanjaro, equatorial East Africa) reveal a ˜ 210-m thick sedimentary infill containing distinct seismic-stratigraphic signatures of late-Quaternary lake-level fluctuations. Extrapolation of a well-constrained age model on the cored upper part of the sequence suggests that these lake-level fluctuations represent a detailed and continuous record of moisture-balance variation in equatorial East Africa over the last 140 kyr. This record indicates that the most severe aridity occurred during peak Penultimate glaciation immediately before ˜ 128 kyr BP (coeval with Heinrich event 11) and during a Last Interglacial 'megadrought' period between ˜ 114 and ˜ 97 kyr BP; in comparison, Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) aridity was modest. It was preceded by ˜ 75 000 years of relatively stable and moist climate conditions interrupted by eleven short-lived dry spells, five of which match the timing of Heinrich events 2 to 6. Climate history near the East African equator reflects variation in the precessional forcing of monsoon rainfall modulated by orbital eccentricity, but precession-driven moisture fluctuations were less extreme than those observed in northern and southern tropical Africa. The near-continuous moist climate from ˜ 97 to 20.5 kyr BP recorded in the Lake Challa record contrasts with the trend towards greater aridity after ˜ 70 kyr BP documented in equatorial West Africa. This long period of moist glacial climate and a short, relatively modest LGM drought can be attributed to greater independence of western Indian Ocean monsoon dynamics from northern high-latitude glaciation than those in the tropical Atlantic Ocean. This rather persistent moist glacial climate regime may have helped maintain high biodiversity in the tropical forest ecosystems of the Eastern Arc mountains in Tanzania.

  18. AUTOMATED WATER LEVEL MEASUREMENTS IN SMALL-DIAMETER AQUIFER TUBES

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    PETERSEN SW; EDRINGTON RS; MAHOOD RO; VANMIDDLESWORTH PE

    2011-01-14

    Groundwater contaminated with hexavalent chromium, strontium-90, and uranium discharges into the Columbia River along approximately 16 km (10 mi) of the shoreline. Various treatment systems have and will continue to be implemented to eliminate the impact of Hanford Site contamination to the river. To optimize the various remediation strategies, it is important to understand interactions between groundwater and the surface water of the Columbia River. An automated system to record water levels in aquifer sampling tubes installed in the hyporheic zone was designed and tested to (1) gain a more complete understanding of groundwater/river water interactions based on gaining and losing conditions ofthe Columbia River, (2) record and interpret data for consistent and defensible groundwater/surface water conceptual models that may be used to better predict subsurface contaminant fate and transport, and (3) evaluate the hydrodynamic influence of extraction wells in an expanded pump-and-treat system to optimize the treatment system. A system to measure water levels in small-diameter aquifer tubes was designed and tested in the laboratory and field. The system was configured to allow manual measurements to periodically calibrate the instrument and to permit aquifer tube sampling without removing the transducer tube. Manual measurements were collected with an e-tape designed and fabricated especially for this test. Results indicate that the transducer system accurately records groundwater levels in aquifer tubes. These data are being used to refine the conceptual and numeric models to better understand interactions in the hyporheic zone of the Columbia River and the adjacent river water and groundwater, and changes in hydrochemistry relative to groundwater flux as river water recharges the aquifer and then drains back out in response to changes in the river level.

  19. Analysis of the causes of price fluctuations of dairy products at individual levels of the product vertica

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    Z. Gebeltová

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The paper analyzes the reasons for the prices of milk and milk products in the Czech Republic for the period 2008 – 2009. In January 2008, the purchase price of raw milk was 10.08 CZK/l, and in the subsequent period it began to decline. At the end of 2008, the price was more than 3 crowns lower, and still the decrease continued. The research determined that the essential reason for the price fluctuations is the impact of the economic crisis. A substantial portion of the article was devoted to analyzing the behavior of supermarket chains toward their suppliers. It was discovered that even here there is a lot of room for the creation of pricing policy. Margin trading networks up to 25% of the delivered goods. Price negotiations affect the position papers in the manufacturing vertical. The power of suppliers and processors is based on the establishment of a strong integration unit. In the conclusion the author discusses possible future developments in price, sales policy, and the self-sufficiency of milk production in the Czech Republic. The paper was processed within the framework of the Research Project of MSM 6046070906 "The economics of Czech agricultural resources and their effective use within the framework of multifunctional agri-food systems".

  20. Politics of innovation in multi-level water governance systems

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    Daniell, Katherine A.; Coombes, Peter J.; White, Ian

    2014-11-01

    Innovations are being proposed in many countries in order to support change towards more sustainable and water secure futures. However, the extent to which they can be implemented is subject to complex politics and powerful coalitions across multi-level governance systems and scales of interest. Exactly how innovation uptake can be best facilitated or blocked in these complex systems is thus a matter of important practical and research interest in water cycle management. From intervention research studies in Australia, China and Bulgaria, this paper seeks to describe and analyse the behind-the-scenes struggles and coalition-building that occurs between water utility providers, private companies, experts, communities and all levels of government in an effort to support or block specific innovations. The research findings suggest that in order to ensure successful passage of the proposed innovations, champions for it are required from at least two administrative levels, including one with innovation implementation capacity, as part of a larger supportive coalition. Higher governance levels can play an important enabling role in facilitating the passage of certain types of innovations that may be in competition with currently entrenched systems of water management. Due to a range of natural biases, experts on certain innovations and disciplines may form part of supporting or blocking coalitions but their evaluations of worth for water system sustainability and security are likely to be subject to competing claims based on different values and expertise, so may not necessarily be of use in resolving questions of "best courses of action". This remains a political values-based decision to be negotiated through the receiving multi-level water governance system.

  1. Mathematical modelling of temperature fluctuations in the tube wall of a vertical sodium-water steam generator

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    Wall temperature fluctuations due to phase boundary instability occur in the tubes of steam generators with pump-assisted circulation in the region where the liquid film dries out. The fluctuations result in additional temperature stress affecting high-cycle material fatigue and thus the tube life. In the calculation, periodic movement is considered of the phase boundary of various geometry. The random mode is modelled by a superposition of periodic processes with various frequencies. A comparison with experimental results shows good agreement confirming the acceptability of the methodology developed. (author)

  2. Ensemble approach for projections of return periods of extreme water levels in Estonian waters

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    Eelsalu, Maris; Soomere, Tarmo; Pindsoo, Katri; Lagemaa, Priidik

    2014-12-01

    The contribution of various drivers to the water level in the eastern Baltic Sea and the presence of outliers in the time series of observed and hindcast water level lead to large spreading of projections of future extreme water levels. We explore the options for using an ensemble of projections to more reliably evaluate return periods of extreme water levels. An example of such an ensemble is constructed by means of fitting several sets of block maxima (annual maxima and stormy season maxima) with a Generalised Extreme Value, Gumbel and Weibull distribution. The ensemble involves projections based on two data sets (resolution of 6 h and 1 h) hindcast by the Rossby Centre Ocean model (RCO; Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute) and observed data from four representative sites along the Estonian coast. The observed data are transferred into the grid cells of the RCO model using the HIROMB model and a linear regression. For coastal segments where the observations represent the offshore water level well, the overall appearance of the ensembles signals that the errors of single projections are randomly distributed and that the median of the ensemble provides a sensible projection. For locations where the observed water level involves local effects (e.g. wave set-up) the block maxima are split into clearly separated populations. The resulting ensemble consists of two distinct clusters, the difference between which can be interpreted as a measure of the impact of local features on the water level observations.

  3. [Relationship between groundwater level in riparian wetlands and water level in the river].

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    Xu, Hua-Shan; Zhao, Tong-Qian; Meng, Hong-Qi; Xu, Zong-Xue; Ma, Chao-Hong

    2011-02-01

    The development and degradation processes of riparian wetlands are significantly affected by river hydrological processes. By observing the variation of groundwater levels in riparian wetlands at the Kouma section of the Yellow River Wetland, especially that during the period of regulation for water and sediment at the Xiaolangdi Reservoir, relationship between groundwater level in riparian wetlands and flood water level in the river is studied. The results show that groundwater level in riparian wetlands is significantly affected by water level in the river investigated. There is a negative exponential relationship between groundwater level and the distance between wells and river. The correlation coefficient shows the maximum (R2 > 0.98) during the period of regulation for water and sediment. Affected by the cultivation system in the flooding area, distance between monitoring wells and river bank, water level in the river variation of groundwater level in the wetland changed greatly. In artificial wetland, which is far from the river, the inter-annual variation in groundwater levels show a " (see symbol)" shape, while in the farmland, which is close to the river, the inter-annual variation of groundwater levels show a big peak. The groundwater level 400 m from the river is affected by flood events obviously, that in the area which is less than 200 m from the river is significantly affected by flood events in the area which is especially less than that in the area that is less than 100 m from the river, the groundwater level is affected by flood events intensively. The result indicated that there was a very close relationship between groundwater and surface water, and it was the hydrological ecotone between groundwater of riparian wetlands and the river. It is very important that rational protection for this region (very important for the area which is less than 100 m from the river, important for the area that is between 100 m and 200 m from the river) is critical for the conservation of water quality in the river and groundwater quality. PMID:21528555

  4. CAN FLUORIDATION AFFECT WATER LEAD LEVELS AND LEAD NEUROTOXICITY?

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    Recent reports have attempted to show that certain approaches to fluoridating potable water is linked to increased levels of lead(II) in the blood. We examine these claims in light of the established science and critically evaluate their significance. The completeness of nexafluo...

  5. Water level oscillations in Monterey Bay and Harbor

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Seiches are normal modes of water bodies responding to geophysical forcings with potential to significantly impact ecology and maritime operations. Analysis of high-frequency (1 Hz water level data in Monterey, California, identifies harbor modes between 10 and 120 s that are attributed to specific geographic features. It is found that modal amplitude modulation arises from cross-modal interaction and that offshore wave energy is a primary driver of these modes. Synchronous coupling between modes is observed to significantly impact dynamic water levels. At lower frequencies with periods between 15 and 60 min, modes are independent of offshore wave energy, yet are continuously present. This is unexpected since seiches normally dissipate after cessation of the driving force, indicating an unknown forcing. Spectral and kinematic estimates of these low-frequency oscillations support the idea that a persistent anticyclonic mesoscale gyre adjacent to the bay is a potential mode driver, while discounting other sources.

  6. Holocene water level movements in the lower Scheldt perimarine area

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    Kiden, P.

    2003-01-01

    Gradient lines and local water level movements in the lower Scheldt river could be reconstructed on the basis of a number of newly collected radiocarbon datings. Due to the presence of a floodbasin effect in the lower Scheldt river region, local MHW level in the Belgian part of the river was situated below coastal MHW since about 4500 BP. This floodbasin effect controlled the rise of local MHW level up to 500 to 1000 AD. Since then, a marked decrease of the floodbasin effect caused a rapid ri...

  7. Levels of trace elements in MWSS drinking water

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    As a water supplier for the metropolis, vigilance over the water quality has not been taken for granted at the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS). By the early 1980's, a control laboratory equipped with modern facilities had been set up to supplement the already existing control laboratory at Filter Plant II handling physical, chemical, bacteriological, biological and mineral analyses and examinations, efficiently. The new central laboratory is intended to monitor trace elements, organic constituents and other elements with health related impact so as to assure the consumers of a safe drinking water supply at all times. This presentation reviews the levels of trace element pollution in MWSS tap water, then and now, in justification of the rehabilitation projects along the distribution network, in the treatment plants and other pertinent innovations corresponding to budgeted capital outlays as invested by the system. (author)

  8. Radioactivity levels in waters and sediments from Van Lake / Turkey

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    It is well known that natural radionuclides can be effective as tracers for the different processes controlling the distribution of elements dissolved and particulate phases in aquatic systems. Significant radiation doses to man can potentially occur following radioactive contamination of water bodies such as rivers, lakes and reservoirs. In the long term, radioactivity in the water body can remain at significant levels as a result of secondary contamination processes. The Van Lake is located at Eastern part of Turkey and it is largest Lake of Turkey. The purpose of this study is to measure natural radioactivity in the waters and sediments taken from along to shore of Van Lake. Total of 19 surface coast lake waters and 18 sediments samples were collected from Van Lake in dry season in 2005, in the first part of this Project. In surface lake water samples, pH, mV and conductivity values were measured and alkalinity content was determined titrimetrically. The uranium concentrations in the lake water samples were measured using uranium analyzer. Radioactivities related to gross radium isotopes, gross-? and gross-? radioactivity levels in the surface water were determined. Gross radium isotopes were separated using the barium sulphate co-precipitation method and then the radioactivity of gross radium isotopes was measured by ZnS(Ag) alpha scintillation counter. The correlation among measured parameters for water samples and concentrations of uranium and gross radium isotopes are also discussed. Natural radioactivity in the sediments was also determined by gamma spectrometer. The field and laboratory studies on this project are carried out

  9. Experiments on steam generator water level swell and shrinkage

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    Equipment that is one-tenth the size of the steam generators for the Westinghouse 900-MW(electric) nuclear power plants is used to study the swell and shrinkage of the water level. The cyclic aspect of level swell and shrinkage occurring during low-power operation of the nuclear power plants is realized by sequential steam dump valve control. Experimental results show that a simple mathematical model based on the amount of steam generated during depressurization provides a good approximation for predicting level swell and shrinkage. Steam generation also causes water movement between the downcomer area and the inner part of the vessel, the effect of which during the initial steam dump period is estimated and applied to adjust this model

  10. Internal gamma activity used for water level indication

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    the monitoring of the water level in pressure vessels is endowed with high safety technical importance in all power plants with water cooled reactors. Such pressure vessels are the reactor, the steam generator and the pressurizer. Up to date the water level indication is realized with measuring systems which are based on the measurement of pressure differences. If there are boiling conditions then it exists ever the danger of relative great measuring faults caused by the void generation in the comparison tube during great negative pressure gradients. In order to undermine this faults in nuclear power plants there are some different systems measuring the pressure difference. But this isn't a methodical diversity. After the accident in TMI-2 worldwide activities there have been in order to develop other water level measuring methods which are showing the importance of the problems. One unconventional water level measuring method is based on the utilization of the internal gamma activity which exists in all pressure tanks reckoned up above. For the differ tanks are derived different measuring algorithms in reason of different properties of the gamma sources. But some principles are likewise valid for all applications. - The aim of these researches is the development of divers measuring systems for internal parameters of pressure vessels with the property that it should be used Out-core gamma detectors only. Those have the advantage of a smaller probability of destruction of the detectors in accidents in comparison to in-core detectors. Possible applications are the water level measurement in reactors and steam generators but the indication of core smelting too. For the fitting there is not the necessity of constructive modifications. - the results of the gamma measurement are connected with results of a pressure measurement or a pressure and temperature measurement in the tanks to determine the mixture level. - In order to eliminate the dependence on the gamma source strength on the reactor is used a composite detector. This detector is arranged at a point at which water level changes have not an influence on the detector signal. - The measuring algorithms are based on measurement of the N-16 radiation from the primary water. This measuring system have a time limitation regarding availability because the Nitrogen N-16 radiation exists during power operation and some minutes after shutdown only. But such a system is available for the most and most important situations. Many pressure vessels show strong internal gamma sources which can be used for water level measurement. Following two possibilities are described for such applications. Some experimental results are shown for one method. In summary: The water level measurement using the internal gamma activity is one way to get a divers measuring system to the difference pressure measurement. Through the elimination of gamma source properties through a comparison detector in section 2.2 or through the quotients forming in section 3.2 the chances for such a measuring system are very improved. Some experiments have been showed the aptitude of the comparison detector. The next works are going to carry out experiments on the zero power reactor for two phase state conditions and further on power reactors

  11. Effects of Water Levels on Productivity of Canada Geese in the Northern Flathead Valley, 1985 Annual Report.

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    Casey, Daniel

    1986-04-01

    Operation of Hungry Horse Dam on the South Fork Flathead River causes sporadic water level fluctuations along the main stem Flathead River. Changes in chronology of seasonal water level fluctuations and substantial habitat losses have occurred as a result of construction and operation of Kerr Dam, which regulates Flathead Lake. These fluctuations may impact goose populations through flooding and erosion of nesting and brood-rearing habitats, and increased susceptibility of nests and young to predation. The number, location, and success of goose nests were determined through pair surveys and nest searches. Our 1985 pair count data indicated that 95 to 143 nests may have been present. Hatching success for 1985 nests (55%) was low compared to long-term averages for the region. Predation was the predominant cause of ground nest failure (25 nests); we documented 2 nest failures due to flooding. The maximum gosling count in the study area for 1985 was 197. Six key brood-rearing areas were identified. Most (80%) sites were located in the herbaceous or pasture cover type and the riparian bench landform. Analysis of aerial photographs taken prior to construction of Kerr Dam documented the loss of 1859 acres of habitat along the north shore of Flathead Lake. Losses were attributed to inundation and to continuing erosion due to operation of Kerr Dam. Lake and river water level regimes were compared with the chronology of important periods in the nesting cycle. Low lake levels in May and early June coincide with the breed-rearing period. Mudflats are heavily used by broods, but their effect on survival must still be documented. Preliminary recommendations to protect and enhance Canada goose habitat and production are being developed.

  12. Fluctuation phenomena

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    Fluctuation phenomena are the ''tip of the iceberg'' revealing the existence, behind even the most quiescent appearing macroscopic states, of an underlying world of agitated, ever-changing microscopic processes. While the presence of these fluctuations can be ignored in some cases, e.g. if one is satisfied with purely thermostatic description of systems in equilibrium, they are central to the understanding of other phenomena, e.g. the nucleation of a new phase following the quenching of a system into the co-existence region. This volume contains a collection of review articles, written by experts in the field, on the subject of fluctuation phenomena. Some of the articles are of a very general nature discussing the modern mathematical formulation of the problems involved, while other articles deal with specific topics such as kinetics of phase transitions and conductivity in solids. The juxtaposition of the variety of physical situations in which fluctuation phenomena play an important role is novel and should give the reader an insight into this subject

  13. Do Estimates of Water Productivity Enhance Understanding of Farm-Level Water Management?

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Estimates of water productivity are appearing with increasing frequency in the literature pertaining to agronomy, water management, and water policy. Some authors report such estimates as one of the outcome variables of experiment station studies, while others calculate water productivities when comparing regional crop production information. Many authors suggest or imply that higher values of water productivity are needed to ensure that future food production goals are achieved. Yet maximizing water productivity might not be consistent with farm-level goals or with societal objectives regarding water allocation and management. Farmers in both rainfed and irrigated settings must address a complex set of issues pertaining to risk, uncertainty, prices, and opportunity costs, when selecting activities and determining optimal strategies. It is not clear that farmers in either setting will or should choose to maximize water productivity. Upon examining water productivity, both conceptually and empirically, using published versions of crop production functions, I conclude that estimates of water productivity contain too little information to enhance understanding of farm-level water management.

  14. Set norms of the radioactive pollution safety levels of water and bottom sediments in water objects

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    Safety standards are proposed permitting to optimize the monitoring of rivers and water reservoirs for man-made radioactive substances contents. Concepts of maximum safe concentration and reference concentration of radionuclides in water, maximum contamination level of bottom sediments are introduced. Calculation of the standards for certain radionuclides is presented. Use of the proposed standards will make it possible to unify the monitoring of water objects for contamination in various situations and to protect population

  15. Investment choice and perceived mating intentions regulated by external resource cues and internal fluctuation in blood glucose levels

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    Rao, Li-Lin; Wang, Xiao-Tian; Li, Shu

    2015-01-01

    We examined resource allocation priorities in the framework of an updated Maslow hierarchy of fundamental human needs. In Experiment 1, the participants in the food abundance priming condition viewing photos of high-calorie food allocated more money to savings than to spending. However, the participants preferred spending to savings under the condition of mating availability priming with romantic photographs. In Experiment 2, before and after drinking either water or a sugary beverage, fastin...

  16. Ramp calcarenite sheet depositional system as a recorder of sea-level fluctuations (Late Albian, Alsasua, Spain)

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    The Albian Aitziber calcarenites (Alsasua, Navarra) are analysed on the basis of their overall geometry, types of limiting boundaries, internal composition, facies, sedimentary structures and paleogeographical context. An «in situ» origin in shallow-water is inferred. The base of the calcarenite sheet represents an abrupt shallowing relative to the underlying basin. The top of the calcarenite records a drowning, hardground and a hiatus between the upper Albian and the upper Cretaceous. Sea le...

  17. Interlaboratory comparison of low-level tritium measurements in water

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    The paper presents and discusses results submitted by 41 laboratories who participated in the third inter-laboratory comparison of low-level tritium measurements in waters organized by the Isotope Hydrology Section of IAEA. Four waters of different concentration were prepared by diluting NBS 4926 standard. A high proportion of unsatisfactory results were received for all four samples, revealing problems in control and assessment of measurement errors, and also a generally unsatisfactory situation regarding standardization. Recommendations are made for the adoption of a single parent standard and a fixed half-life for decay corrections. (author)

  18. Quadratic controller syntheses for the steam generator water level

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    The steam generator water level, (SGWL), control problem in the pressurized water reactor of a nuclear power plant is considered from robust control techniques point of view. The plant is a time-varying system with a non minimum phase behavior and an unstable open-loop response. The time-varying nature of the plant due to change in operating power is taken into account by including slowly time-varying uncertainty in the model. A linear Time-Invariant, (LTI) guaranteed cost quadratic stabilizing controller is designed in order to address some of the particular issues arising for such a control problem. (author)

  19. Quality Level of Bottled Drinking Water Consumed in Saudi Arabia

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    Ashraf E.M. Khater

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The quality of drinking water is a universal health concern and access to safe water is a fundamental human right. Many national and international organizations set certain parameters and levels for Bottled Drinking Water (BDW to ensure their quality. The present work aims to analyze the quality of various brands of BDW used in Saudi Arabia and to compare the quality levels to the BDW standards. One hundred and twenty six samples of 54 different BDW brands were collected from the Saudi market. The quality level parameters were analyzed using portable meters for pH, EC and TDS; spectrophotometer, HACH DR-2800 for F, SO4 and NO3; Inductively Coupled Plasma (ICP Mass Spectrometer (MS and atomic emission spectrometer (AES for elemental analysis. To evaluate the quality level parameters of BDW, the parameters were classified as following: (1 Parameters and substances affect the quality of BDW (pH, EC, TDS, HCO3, F, NO3 and SO4. (2 Macronutrients (Ca, K, Mg and Na. (3 Micronutrients-trace elements (Co, Cr, Cu, Fe, Mo, Se and Zn, (4 Potentially essential elements that have some beneficial health effects (B, Mn, Ni and V and (5 Toxic elements (Al, As, Cd, Hg, Pb, Th and U using Inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry, ICP-MS. The concentrations of the detected elements were compared with the Golf and international standard like World Health Organization.

  20. Influence of periodic water level increase on flow in Pozna? Water Ways System

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    Tomasz Ka?u?a

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    Full Text Available In the period 1968-1972, a project named “Rebuilding of the Pozna? Water Ways System” was carried out. Within the scope of the project the Chwaliszewo Meander of the Warta river was cut off and covered. A discussion about reconstruction of Chwaliszewo Meander has been run for many years. The results of hydraulic computations of the influence of a weir on water table distribution in Pozna? Water Ways System have been presented in the paper. Two different localizations of the weir were considered. Initial maximum water level of upper side of the weir was calculated. The influence of damming up on water level distribution in the Pozna? Water Ways System was analysed. One-dimensional unsteady open channel flow computer systems HEC-RAS and SPRuNeR were used to carry out calculations. Building the weir, regardless of its localization, allows to raise water level in the main channel of the Warta river, increase minimum water depth and point to the architecture and recreation values of the Warta river. It is assumed that damming up is necessary only for flow rate below 100 m3/s in both localizations of the weir. The weir in focus should not create obstacles to the inland navigation and fish migration. To meet these requirements two additional hydraulic constructions must be projected: sluice and fish migration water gate.

  1. Mesoscopic fluctuations, two-parameter scaling and concommitant unusual level spacing distributions in finite 1D disordered systems

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    We study level spacing distributions of finite-sized one-dimensional disordered systems. As the system evolves from a quasi-ballistic to a strongly localized regime, the system crosses over from a strongly non-Wigner-Dyson type level spacing distribution to a universal Poisson distribution in the thermodynamic (L??) limit. In between it goes through regimes where the distribution seems to be a mixture of Wigner-Dyson type and Poisson type distributions, thus indicating existence of pre-localized states before the thermodynamic limit sets in. (author)

  2. Layers of air in the water beneath the floating fern Salvinia are exposed to fluctuations in pressure.

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    Mayser, Matthias J; Barthlott, Wilhelm

    2014-12-01

    Superhydrophobic, hierarchically structured, technical surfaces (Lotus-effect) are of high scientific and economic interest because of their remarkable properties. Recently, the immense potential of air-retaining superhydrophobic surfaces, for example, for low-friction transport of fluids and drag-reducing coatings of ships has begun to be explored. A major problem of superhydrophobic surfaces mimicking the Lotus-effect is the limited persistence of the air retained, especially under rough conditions of flow. However, there are a variety of floating or diving plant and animal species that possess air-retaining surfaces optimized for durable water-repellency (Salvinia-effect). Especially floating ferns of the genus Salvinia have evolved superhydrophobic surfaces capable of maintaining layers of air for months. Apart from maintaining stability under water, the layer of air has to withstand the stresses of water pressure (up to 2.5 bars). Both of these aspects have an application to create permanent air layers on ships' hulls. We investigated the effect of pressure on air layers in a pressure cell and exposed the air layer to pressures of up to 6 bars. We investigated the suppression of the air layer at increasing pressures as well as its restoration during decreases in pressure. Three of the four examined Salvinia species are capable of maintaining air layers at pressures relevant to the conditions applying to ships' hulls. High volumes of air per surface area are advantageous for retaining at least a partial Cassie-Baxter-state under pressure, which also helps in restoring the air layer after depressurization. Closed-loop structures such as the baskets at the top of the "egg-beater hairs" (see main text) also help return the air layer to its original level at the tip of the hairs by trapping air bubbles. PMID:24925548

  3. Dendrochronological evaluation of historic changes in Lake Stirniai (Lithuania) water level

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    Full text: Dendrochronological research was carried out on Pinus sylvestris L. timber extracted from Lake Stirniai (55o15'04'' latitude (N) and 25o38'49'' longitude (E)). As a result, the tree ring width floating chronology spanning 213 years was compiled. Radiocarbon dating of the samples indicated that pines grew from 1103 ± 80 AD to 1315 ± 80 AD. Fragments of stems and roots of pines were found waterlogged in 1 m water layer. It means that in the Medieval Warm Period, the ground water level in the habitat of archaeological pines was below the nowadays lake level for at least by 1 m. The growth conditions became unfavourable in ? 1270 ± 80 AD. At the end of the 13th century the climate became damper, lake transgression started, the trees of Scots pine became dry. The basic cause of transgression seems to be the bogged bed of the rivulet Stirna flowing out of the lake. This phenomenon was caused by the changed climate conditions. The formant analysis of the radial increase of the stems of archaeological Scots pine in Lake Stirniai revealed 52.9; 30.3; 21.1; 17.5; 15.0; 11.2 year long-term fluctuation cycles. Comparison of the obtained data with the present cycles is foreseen. (author)

  4. The study and improvement of water level control of pressurizer

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    The PI controller which is used widely in water level control of pressurizer in reactor control system usually leads dynamic overshoot and long setting time. The improvement project for intelligent fuzzy controller to take the place of PI controller is advanced. This paper researches the water level control of pressurizer in reactor control system of Daya Bay Phase I, and describes the method of intelligent fuzzy control in practice. Simulation indicates that the fuzzy control has advantages of small overshoot and short settling time. It can also improve control system's real time property and anti-interference ability. Especially for non-linear and time-varying complicated control systems, it can obtain good control results. (authors)

  5. Analytical approach for predicting fresh water discharge in an estuary based on tidal water level observations

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    H. Cai

    2014-06-01

    Full Text Available As the tidal wave propagates into an estuary, the tidally averaged water level tends to rise in landward direction due to the density difference between saline and fresh water and the asymmetry of the friction. The effect of friction on the residual slope is even more remarkable when accounting for fresh water discharge. In this study, we investigate the influence of river discharge on tidal wave propagation in the Yangtze estuary with specific attention to residual water level slope. This is done by using a one-dimensional analytical model for tidal hydrodynamics accounting for the residual water level. We demonstrate the importance of the residual slope on tidal dynamics and use it to improve the prediction of the tidal propagation in estuaries (i.e., tidal damping, velocity amplitude, wave celerity and phase lag, especially when the influence of river discharge is significant. Finally, we develop a new inverse analytical approach for estimating fresh water discharge on the basis of tidal water level observations along the estuary, which can be used as a tool to obtain information on the river discharge that is otherwise difficult to measure in the tidal region.

  6. The Water Level Fall of Lake Megali Prespa (N Greece): an Indicator of Regional Water Stress Driven by Climate Change and Amplified by Water Extraction?

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    van der Schriek, Tim; Giannakopoulos, Christos

    2014-05-01

    The Mediterranean stands out globally due to its sensitivity to (future) climate change, with future projections predicting an increase in excessive drought events and declining rainfall. Regional freshwater ecosystems are particularly threatened: precipitation decreases, while extreme droughts increase and human impacts intensify (e.g. water extraction, drainage, pollution and dam-building). Many Mediterranean lake-wetland systems have shrunk or disappeared over the past two decades. Protecting the remaining systems is extremely important for supporting global biodiversity and for ensuring sustainable water availability. This protection should be based on a clear understanding of lake-wetland hydrological responses to natural and human-induced changes, which is currently lacking in many parts of the Mediterranean. The interconnected Prespa-Ohrid Lake system is a global hotspot of biodiversity and endemism. The unprecedented fall in water level (~8m) of Lake Megali Prespa threatens this system, but causes remain debated. Modelling suggests that the S Balkan will experience rainfall and runoff decreases of ~30% by 2050. However, projections revealing the potential impact of these changes on future lake level are unavailable as lake regime is not understood. A further drop in lake level may have serious consequences. The Prespa Lakes contribute ~25% of the total inflow into Lake Ohrid through underground karst channels; falling lake levels decrease this discharge. Lake Ohrid, in turn, feeds the Drim River. This entire catchment may therefore be affected by falling lake levels; its water resources are of great importance for Greece, Albania, FYROM and Montenegro (e.g. tourism, agriculture, hydro-energy, urban & industrial use). This new work proves that annual water level fluctuations of Lake Megali Prespa are predominantly related to precipitation during the first 7 months (Oct-Apr) of the hydrological year (Oct-Sep). Lake level is very sensitive to regional and Mediterranean wet-dry events during this period. There are robust indications for a link between lake level and the North Atlantic Oscillation, which is known to strongly influence Mediterranean winter precipitation. Hydro-climatic records show a complicated picture, but tentatively support the conclusion that the unprecedented lake level fall is principally related to climate change. The available fluvial discharge record and most existing snowfall records show statistically significant decreases in annual averages. Annual rainfall only shows a statistically significant decrease of the 25th percentile; 7-month rainfall (Oct-Apr) additionally shows a statistically significant but non-robust decrease of the mean. The modest amount of water extraction (annually: ~14*103m3, ~0.004% of total lake volume) exerts a progressive and significant impact on lake level over the longer term, accounting for ~25% of the observed fall. Lake level lowering ends when lake-surface area shrinkage has led to a decrease in lake-surface evaporation that is equivalent to the amount of water extracted. The adjustment of lake level to stable extraction rates requires two to three decades. This work aims to steer adaptation and mitigation strategies by informing on lake response under different climate change and extraction scenarios. Lake protection is a cost effective solution for supporting global biodiversity and for providing sustainable water resources.

  7. The link between unemployment and crime rate fluctuations: An analysis at the county, state, and national levels.

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    Phillips, Julie; Land, Kenneth C

    2012-05-01

    Cantor and Land (1985) developed a theoretical model that proposed two pathways through which economic activity - as indexed by the aggregate unemployment rate - could affect the rate of criminal activity. The first is by increasing levels of criminal motivation within the population as deteriorating economic conditions affect social strain and social control; the second is by influencing the availability and vulnerability of criminal targets and thus the number of criminal opportunities. Although much empirical research has applied this theoretical model, few analyses have done so at disaggregated units of analysis. We present the most comprehensive analysis to date by empirically evaluating this model with data on 400 of the largest US counties - and examine the effects of aggregation on results as these county data are combined to the state and national levels - for the years 1978-2005. For seven Index crimes at each of the three levels of analysis, and with or without controls for structural covariates at each level, the directional effects hypothesized by Cantor and Land are found for 78 out of 84 estimated relationships. Even after taking into account the lack of statistical independence of these estimates by drawing on recently developed statistical theory, this is a very unlikely outcome. In accordance with expectations based on theory and prior research, (a) some of these relationships are weak and not statistically significant, and (b) the strongest and most consistent patterns of relationships for both the crime opportunity and crime motivation effects are found for three property crimes: burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Suggestions for further research on this topic are given. PMID:23017802

  8. Nanosecond fluctuation kinetics of luminescence hopping quenching originated from the 5d1 level in the Ce3+:YPO4·0.8H2O nanocrystals

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    We study the nanosecond energy transfer kinetics detected at dipole allowed 5d1–4f1 transition and originated from the lowest 2?1 level of the Ce3+ ions doped into the rhabdophane-type YPO4·0.8H2O nanocrystals synthesized by microwave hydrothermal treatment. We show that the luminescence quenching in the nanocrystals is determined by two processes depending on Ce3+ (energy donor) concentration at constant OH? (energy acceptors) concentration. At 0.2 mol% Ce3+ the luminescence quenching is mainly determined by direct (static) quenching caused by vibrations of OH? groups. At 2.0 mol% Ce3+ the quenching accelerates due to energy migration from the Ce3+ ions with poor acceptor surrounding to the Ce3+ ions with the nearby OH? acceptors. In the latter case we observe fluctuation kinetics of the luminescence impurity hopping quenching starting immediately after static ordered stage of the decay kinetics. We obtain that for dipole allowed the 5d–4f transition in the Ce3+ donor the CDD microparameter of the Ce3+–Ce3+ energy migration and CDA microparameter of Ce3+–OH? energy transfer are in strong correlation with the higher spontaneous emission rate for dipole allowed transition in Ce3+ comparing to dipole forbidden transition in Nd3+. -- Highlights: • We prepare the Ce3+:YPO4·0.8H2O nanocrystals of mean D=42 nm by microwave–hydrothermal synthesis. • We detect luminescence quenching of Ce3+ the 5d1(2?1) level caused by OH? vibrations. • We find that the static quenching caused by vibrations of OH? molecular groups dominates at 0.2% of Ce3+. • We find that Ce3+–Ce3+ energy migration accelerates the Ce3+–OH? quenching at 2% of Ce3+. • We detect nanosecond fluctuation kinetics of hopping quenching immediately after an ordered static stage

  9. The west African mangrove: an indicator of sea-level fluctuations and regional climate changes during the last deglaciation

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    The review of modern and late Quaternary pollen data recording the mangrove evolution in West Africa shows that littoral and deep-sea sediments have registered different signals. The first one gives evidence for past sea-level variations from ca. 12,000 B.P. to ca. 5,000 B.P. The second one records the first widespread response of tropical forest ecosystems to the last deglaciation step and enhanced monsoonal rains at ca. 9,500 B.P. (authors)

  10. Sedimentary archaeal amoA gene abundance reflects historic nutrient level and salinity fluctuations in Qinghai Lake, Tibetan Plateau

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    Yang, Jian; Jiang, Hongchen; Dong, Hailiang; Hou, Weiguo; Li, Gaoyuan; Wu, Geng

    2015-12-01

    Integration of DNA derived from ancient phototrophs with their characteristic lipid biomarkers has been successfully employed to reconstruct paleoenvironmental conditions. However, it is poorly known that whether the DNA and lipids of microbial functional aerobes (such as ammonia-oxidizing archaea: AOA) can be used for reconstructing past environmental conditions. Here we identify and quantify the AOA amoA genes (encoding the alpha subunit of ammonia monooxygenases) preserved in a 5.8-m sediment core (spanning the last 18,500 years) from Qinghai Lake. Parallel analyses revealed that low amoA gene abundance corresponded to high total organic carbon (TOC) and salinity, while high amoA gene abundance corresponded to low TOC and salinity. In the Qinghai Lake region, TOC can serve as an indicator of paleo-productivity and paleo-precipitation, which is related to historic nutrient input and salinity. So our data suggest that temporal variation of AOA amoA gene abundance preserved in Qinghai Lake sediment may reflect the variations of nutrient level and salinity throughout the late Pleistocene and Holocene in the Qinghai Lake region.

  11. Considering rating curve uncertainty in water level predictions

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    A. E. Sikorska

    2013-03-01

    Full Text Available Streamflow cannot be measured directly and is typically derived with a rating curve model. Unfortunately, this causes uncertainties in the streamflow data and also influences the calibration of rainfall-runoff models if they are conditioned on such data. However, it is currently unknown to what extent these uncertainties propagate to rainfall-runoff predictions. This study therefore presents a quantitative approach to rigorously consider the impact of the rating curve on the prediction uncertainty of water levels. The uncertainty analysis is performed within a formal Bayesian framework and the contributions of rating curve versus rainfall-runoff model parameters to the total predictive uncertainty are addressed. A major benefit of the approach is its independence from the applied rainfall-runoff model and rating curve. In addition, it only requires already existing hydrometric data. The approach was successfully tested on a small urbanized basin in Poland, where a dedicated monitoring campaign was performed in 2011. The results of our case study indicate that the uncertainty in calibration data derived by the rating curve method may be of the same relevance as rainfall-runoff model parameters themselves. A conceptual limitation of the approach presented is that it is limited to water level predictions. Nevertheless, regarding flood level predictions, the Bayesian framework seems very promising because it (i enables the modeler to incorporate informal knowledge from easily accessible information and (ii better assesses the individual error contributions. Especially the latter is important to improve the predictive capability of hydrological models.

  12. Considering rating curve uncertainty in water level predictions

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    Sikorska, A. E.; Scheidegger, A.; Banasik, K.; Rieckermann, J.

    2013-11-01

    Streamflow cannot be measured directly and is typically derived with a rating curve model. Unfortunately, this causes uncertainties in the streamflow data and also influences the calibration of rainfall-runoff models if they are conditioned on such data. However, it is currently unknown to what extent these uncertainties propagate to rainfall-runoff predictions. This study therefore presents a quantitative approach to rigorously consider the impact of the rating curve on the prediction uncertainty of water levels. The uncertainty analysis is performed within a formal Bayesian framework and the contributions of rating curve versus rainfall-runoff model parameters to the total predictive uncertainty are addressed. A major benefit of the approach is its independence from the applied rainfall-runoff model and rating curve. In addition, it only requires already existing hydrometric data. The approach was successfully demonstrated on a small catchment in Poland, where a dedicated monitoring campaign was performed in 2011. The results of our case study indicate that the uncertainty in calibration data derived by the rating curve method may be of the same relevance as rainfall-runoff model parameters themselves. A conceptual limitation of the approach presented is that it is limited to water level predictions. Nevertheless, regarding flood level predictions, the Bayesian framework seems very promising because it (i) enables the modeler to incorporate informal knowledge from easily accessible information and (ii) better assesses the individual error contributions. Especially the latter is important to improve the predictive capability of hydrological models.

  13. Screening Experiments for Removal of Low-Level Tritiated Water

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    Screening experiments for low levels of tritiated water (HTO) remediation based upon selective adsorption/desorption mechanisms utilizing equilibrium isotope effects have been carried out. Several organic and inorganic high surface area materials were investigated to assess their ability to selectively adsorb low concentrations of HTO. Ion-exchange resins with cation functionalities, chitosan, sodium alginate, and several inorganic media modified with metal cations exhibited promising results. Biomaterials, for example, chitosan and modified alginate, demonstrated positive results. Based on the literature and our preliminary testing, we postulate four possible mechanisms for selected tritium adsorption: hydrogen ion exchange, HTO coordination with surface cation sites, hydrogen bonding to surface basic sites, and secondary hydrogen bonding (structural water) in fine pores

  14. Processing of water level derived from water pressure data at the Time Series Station Spiekeroog

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    Holinde, L.; Badewien, T. H.; Freund, J. A.; Stanev, E. V.; Zielinski, O.

    2015-10-01

    The quality of water level time series data strongly varies with periods of high- and low-quality sensor data. In this paper we are presenting the processing steps which were used to generate high-quality water level data from water pressure measured at the Time Series Station (TSS) Spiekeroog. The TSS is positioned in a tidal inlet between the islands of Spiekeroog and Langeoog in the East Frisian Wadden Sea (southern North Sea). The processing steps will cover sensor drift, outlier identification, interpolation of data gaps and quality control. A central step is the removal of outliers. For this process an absolute threshold of 0.25 m 10 min-1 was selected which still keeps the water level increase and decrease during extreme events as shown during the quality control process. A second important feature of data processing is the interpolation of gappy data which is accomplished with a high certainty of generating trustworthy data. Applying these methods a 10-year data set (December 2002-December 2012) of water level information at the TSS was processed resulting in a 7-year time series (2005-2011). Supplementary data are available at doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.843740.

  15. The Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Levels in Karun River Water

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    Behrooz Jannat

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: The organochlorine pesticides (OCPs are among the most commonly used in water streams around the world. Most of these contaminants are highly hydrophobic and persist in sediments of rivers and lakes. Studies have suggested that OCPs may affect the normal function of the human and wildlife endocrine systems.Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the concentrations of selected organochlorine pesticides residues [OP'DDT, PP'DDT, alderin, dieldrin, heptachlor, (?,ß,?,? HCH, (?, ß endosulfan and metoxychlor] in samples from Karun River water at Khuzestan province in Iran , by GC-µ-ECD.Materials and Methods: Water was extracted with n-hexane and then purified by passing through a glass column packed with Florisil and Na2SO4, which was then eluted with ether: hexane solution v/v.Results: In general, all of 12 investigated organochlorine pesticides (OCPs were detected. Regardless of the kind of OCPs, the highest OCP pollution level in Karun River were seen from August to November 2009 ranging 71.43 – 89.34 µg/L, and the lowest were seen from Dec 2010 to March 2011 at levels of 22.25 - 22.64 µg/L. The highest and lowest mean concentrations of 12 investigated pesticides were ß-Endosulfan and pp' DDT with 28.51and 0.01 µg/L respectively.Conclusions: Comparison of total organochlorine pesticides residues concentration with WHO guidelines revealed that the Karun River had total OCPs residues above the probable effect level (0.2-20 µg/L, P < 0.05, which could pose a risk to aquatic life.

  16. Influence of Closing Storm Surge Barrier on Extreme Water Levels and Water Exchange; The Limfjord, Denmark

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    Nørgaard, Jørgen Quvang Harck; Bentzen, Thomas Ruby; Larsen, Torben; Andersen, Thomas Lykke; Kvejborg, Steffen

    2014-01-01

    fjord. The reduction is obtained by blocking the ingoing flow with a sluice in due time before the storm surge peaks in the North Sea. In order to avoid problems with reduced water quality and salinity, the water exchange should be controlled by only keeping the sluice open for ingoing currents for the...... increased risk of flooding in the estuary has revitalized the discussion whether this connection should be closed. In this paper, it is shown by numerical simulation that the establishment of a storm surge barrier across Thyborøn Channel can significantly reduce the peak water levels in the central of the...

  17. Optimum Water Level for Spent Fuel Pool using MCNP Code

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    TRIGA reactor (RTP) has been operated for more than 30 years. Some of the part of the reactor become degraded by the time. Sooner or later, all these part either will be changed with a new part and proceed with upgrading plan or the reactor itself will be decommissioned. By that time, spent fuel pool (SFP) need to be ready to keep all the fuel from the core. The conceptual design of the SFP has been established. This paper will determine optimum water level to avoid any radiation hazard expose to the workers during managing the fuel later. This determination will use MCNP computer code. (author)

  18. Long term fluctuations of groundwater mine pollution in a sulfide mining district with dry Mediterranean climate: Implications for water resources management and remediation.

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    Caraballo, Manuel A; Macías, Francisco; Nieto, José Miguel; Ayora, Carlos

    2016-01-01

    Water resources management and restoration strategies, and subsequently ecological and human life quality, are highly influenced by the presence of short and long term cycles affecting the intensity of a targeted pollution. On this respect, a typical acid mine drainage (AMD) groundwater from a sulfide mining district with dry Mediterranean climate (Iberian Pyrite Belt, SW Spain) was studied to unravel the effect of long term weather changes in water flow rate and metal pollutants concentration. Three well differentiated polluting stages were observed and the specific geochemical, mineralogical and hydrological processes involved (pyrite and enclosing rocks dissolution, evaporitic salts precipitation-redisolution and pluviometric long term fluctuations) were discussed. Evidencing the importance of including longer background monitoring stage in AMD management and restoration strategies, the present study strongly advise a minimum 5-years period of AMD continuous monitoring previous to the design of any AMD remediation system in regions with dry Mediterranean climate. PMID:26379258

  19. An Indirect Adaptive Controller to Regulate UTSG Water Level in Pressurized Water Nuclear Reactor

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    Djamel Boukhetala

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Stabilizing water level of the Steam Generator (SG in nuclear power plant is a very important problem since its parameters vary with operating conditions and dynamics of the system is very different according to the power levels and changes as time goes on. Therefore, it is an intractable as well as challenging task to improve the water level control system of the SG. In this study, a new framework for building an adaptive Minimum Variance controller for stabilizing water-level of SG is proposed. We use the recursive least squares algorithm to identify the Input/Output models. Minimum Variance Control (MVC law is also used to develop the adaptation controller. Emphasis is put on the evaluation of the parameter identification in order to avoid instabilities because of disturbances or insufficient excitations. This is especially of importance when the adaptive control is carried out in closed loop systems and without additional test signals. The algorithm so proposed is simulated and applied to the water level control in the U-Tube Steam Generating unit (UTSG used for electricity generation. It is shown through application to a nonlinear model of steam generators that the proposed controller has good performance.

  20. On the interpretation of coastal aquifer water level trends and water balances: A precautionary note

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    Morgan, L.; Werner, A. D.; Simmons, C.

    2012-12-01

    It is common for seawater intrusion-induced interface movements and associated changes in seawater volume not to be considered in coastal aquifer management studies. However, it is not well understood when this simplified approach may result in erroneous estimates of freshwater volumes and flawed interpretations of water level trend analyses. This gap is addressed in this study using a simple steady-state, sharp-interface, analytic modelling approach (i.e., Strack, 1976) to generate idealised relationships between seawater volume, freshwater volume and water levels. For a number of case studies, water level trends were found to be increasingly insensitive to reductions in freshwater volume and, as such, changes in seawater volume need to be considered when using water level trends as a measure of sustainability (e.g., within trigger-level management approaches, as commonly applied in Australia). The conditions under which seawater volume changes have greatest impact on water level trends are also described. Changes in seawater volume (over an assumed timescale) were found to represent 10% to 30% of freshwater discharge under realistic water table decline scenarios. As such, it is shown that changes in seawater volume need to be included within water balance assessments for the case studies considered. These results have wide-sweeping implications for coastal aquifer management, demonstrating that seawater volume changes may, in many cases, need to be included to avoid over-allocation of groundwater. In view of the short-comings associated with using water level trends to assess coastal aquifer status, an approach involving the comparison of groundwater levels relative to the hydraulic head imposed by the ocean, accounting for density effects, is recommended. A representative head for the coastal boundary in freshwater-only representations of unconfined aquifers is proposed that produces reasonable fluxes of freshwater discharge to the sea. This new coastal head adds to the Post et al. (2007) discussion of freshwater head calculations. It provides a first-order estimate of the value that near-shoreline watertable levels should exceed to maintain a discharge to the sea and to avoid SWI issues. The analytic solution used for this study involves an assumption of quasi-equilibrium conditions between the water table and interface. This assumption was evaluated using a selection of transient simulations and was found to be a reasonable approximation in the majority of case studies. As such, the analytic methods presented here can, in many cases, be rapidly applied to assess the need to consider seawater volumes within specific cases. References Post, V., Kooi, H., Simmons, C., 2007. Using hydraulic head measurements in variable-density ground water flow analyses. Ground Water 45(6), 664-671. Strack, O.D.L., 1976. Single-potential solution for regional interface problems in coastal aquifers. Water Resources Research 12, 1165-1174.

  1. Lake-level fluctuations since the Last Glaciation in Selin Co (lake), Central Tibet, investigated using optically stimulated luminescence dating of beach ridges

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    This paper presents a preliminary study on lake-level fluctuations since the Last Glaciation in Selin Co (lake), Central Tibet, by dating four groups of beach ridges using optically stimulated luminescence (OSL). The highest/oldest beach ridge group (>100 m higher than the current lake level) is dated back to 67.9 ± 2.4 ka BP, corresponding to the early stage of the Last Glaciation (marine isotope stage (MIS) 4). This date further supports that no plateau-scale ice sheet covered the Tibetan Plateau during the Last Glaciation. The other three groups produce OSL ages of 30.4 ± 2.9 to 18.6 ± 1.7, 12.5 ± 1.6 to 9.2 ± 0.5, and 6.9 ± 0.2 ka BP respectively, most likely corresponding to cold or wet climate periods of the late stage of the Last Glaciation (MIS 2), deglaciation, and Holocene Hypsithermal. On the plateau scale, these four beach ridge groups are almost synchronous with advances or standstills of Himalayan glaciers, indicating similar climate controls across the central and southern Tibetan Plateau, and being consistent with the conclusion, obtained from nearby ice core records, that this area is affected by the South Asia monsoon. Furthermore, beach ridges are also synchronous with fluvial terraces in the northern Tibetan Plateau, implying common driving forces during their formation. Therefore, some terraces may be formed as a result of climate events rather than being of tectonic origin.

  2. Influence of wind velocity fluctuation on air temperature difference between the fan and ground levels and the effect of frost protective fan operation

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    We invested the influence of wind velocity fluctuation on air temperature difference between the fan (4.8 m) and ground levels (0.5 m) and the effect of frost protective fan operation in order to develop a new method to reduce electricity consumption due to frost protective fan operation. The results of the investigations are summarized as follows: (1) Air temperature difference between the fan (4.8 m) and ground levels (0.5 m) was decreased following an increase in wind velocity, and the difference was less than 1°C for a wind velocity more than 3.0 m/s at a height of 6.5 m. (2) When the wind velocity was more than 2-3 m/s, there was hardly any increase in the temperature of the leaves. In contrast, when the wind velocity was less than 2-3 m/s, an increase in the temperature of the leaves was observed. Based on these results, it is possible that when the wind velocity is greater than 2-3 m, it prevents thermal inversion. Therefore, there would be no warmer air for the frost protective fan to return to the tea plants and the air turbulence produced by the frost protective fan would not reach the plants under the windy condition

  3. CFNN based water level control for nuclear steam generator

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    Because normal PID controller can't change its parameters according to the change of control object parameters. In this paper, the compensatory fuzzy neural network (CFNN) was used with a simplified model of nuclear steam generator (NSG) to design a NSG water level controller. Compensatory neurons which were introduced in the CFNN will make the control system improve the quality of fault tolerant and more stable. Meanwhile compensative fuzzy computation is optimized dynamically in the study algorithm of neural network, therefore the network is much more adaptive and the training speed is much faster. The results of simulation show that under this control method the system has smaller maximum overshoot and faster convergence speed than that of under normal PID control method. The CFNN can not only adjust parameters properly on line, but also can optimized relevant fuzzy reasoning in dynamic way, so it suit to be used on ling learning and control. The control method used in this paper is meaningful to the research of NSG water level intelligent control. (authors)

  4. Roughness and discharge uncertainty propagation in water level calculations :

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    Goutal, Nicole; Arnaud, Aurelie; Goeury, Cedric; Ata, Riadh

    2015-04-01

    In hydraulics, water level simulations are necessary for variety of purposes, such as flood, hydraulic structures design etc. Knowledge of the uncertainty in flow depth estimation is crucial for risk assessment and hydraulic structures design. In hydraulics models, the sources of uncertainty are manifold : roughness coefficient, boundary conditions (discharge - geometry - data for calibration etc) . In the present study, we will investigate the effect of two key uncertainty sources on water level simulations in 1D - 2D hydraulic models : the roughness coefficient and the discharge quantile, i.e. the flow rate corresponding to a given return period. A Monte-Carlo method is used to propagate the input uncertainty through the model in case of a real case study on a 50 km reach of the Garonne river. The difficulty with the crude Monte-Carlo method is due to the convergence, for instance the approximation of quantile could be time consuming. It will be illustrated on a real case of river that we propose for a benchmark.

  5. Establishing solar water disinfection as a water treatment method at household level

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    Regula Meierhofer

    2006-12-01

    Full Text Available 1.1 billion People worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water and therefore are exposed to a high risk for diarrhoeal diseases. As a consequence, about 6,000 children die each day of dehydration due to diarrhoea. Adequate water treatment methods and safe storage of drinking water, combined with hygiene promotion, are required to prevent the population without access to safe drinking water from illness and death. Solar water disinfection (SODIS is a new water treatment to be applied at household level with a great potential to reduce diarrhoea incidence of users. The method is very simple and the only resources required for its application are transparent PET plastic bottles (or glass bottles and sufficient sunlight: microbiologically contaminated water is filled into the bottles and exposed to the full sunlight for 6 hours. During solar exposure, the diarrhoea causing pathogens are killed by the UV-A radiation of the sunlight. At present, SODIS is used by about 2 Million users in more than 20 countries of the South. Diarrhoea incidence of users significantly has been reduced by 30 to 70 %. A careful and long-term community education process that involves creating awareness on the importance of treating drinking water and initiates behaviour change is required to establish the sustainable practice of SODIS at community level. In Madagascar, more than 160 children younger than 5 years die each day from malaria, diarrhoea and acute respiratory illnesses. The application of household water treatment methods such as SODIS significantly could contribute to improve their health.

  6. Comparative Analysis of Seepage Losses From Nighttime Water Level Changes and Water Balance Methods

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    Shukla, A.; Shukla, S.; Wu, C.

    2013-12-01

    Several techniques including Darcy's theory of one and two dimensional groundwater flow, seepage meters, and water balance have been used in the past to estimate seepage from impoundments such as reservoirs, ponds, and constructed wetlands. These methods result in varying level of errors in seepage estimates depending on method and biogeophysical setting to which they are applied. In this study, we explore a simple yet effective method of estimating groundwater fluxes for two stormwater impoundments (SIs) and a partially drained wetland located in agricultural areas using diurnal changes in surface water levels inside these systems. Days with no inflow, outflow, and rainfall were selected to minimize the effect of the error associated water balance components on seepage estimation. Difference in water levels between 20:00 hrs and 5:00 hrs was calculated for the selected days. Only nighttime change was considered keeping in mind the fact that evapotranspiration is negligible during night and hence, the change in water levels can be attributed to seepage alone. Seepage from the analysis of night-time change in the water levels was compared to the estimates from the water balance method with seepage being the residual component of the balance. Results show that seepage constitutes a large part of total outflow from the impoundments (29% and 17% for SI1 during 2008-2009 and 2009-2010 respectively, 30% for SI2 during 2009-2010 and seepage was greater than the total surface water outflow from SI2 during 2010-2011). Accuracy of this method varied from 5% to 41% for first and 4% to 29% for the second SI. Considering that errors as high as 100% have been reported with the use of Darcy's approach, the errors from our method are lower. The lower errors combined with ease of application without using the hydraulic conductivity values makes our approach feasible for other similar systems. Improved seepage estimate from the proposed method will result in quantification of nutrient fluxes from SI through subsurface pathways, which is likely to result in a more realistic representation of treatment efficiency of these impoundments. For instance, phosphorus treatment efficiency of SI1 for 2008-2009 was estimated to be -17% and -60% with and without seepage consideration, respectively. Key words: Groundwater flux, impoundment, wetland, water balance, Phosphorus, treatment efficiency.

  7. Short-term water level forecasts for the Laurentian Great Lakes using coupled atmosphere, land-surface and lake models

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    Fortin, Vincent; Mackay, Murray; Casas-Prat, Mercè; Seglenieks, Frank; Dyck, Sarah; Dupont, Frédéric; Roy, François; Smith, Gregory C.

    2015-04-01

    Over the Gulf of St. Lawrence, Environment Canada operates a very successful short-term (48-h) environmental prediction system which includes the GEM atmospheric model, the ISBA land-surface model and the NEMO-CICE ice-ocean model. The positive impact of two-way coupling between the atmosphere and ocean is most clearly seen in winter, due to the presence of a dynamic ice cover and large heat fluxes over the ocean. This system is now being tested over the Laurentian Great Lakes, with the same objective of improving forecasts both for the atmosphere and the water bodies. In order to account for the significant impact of streamflow on the water level and water temperature of the Great Lakes, routing models for river flow and for connecting channels between lakes were added to the system. Offline tests demonstrated the capacity of the system to accurately simulate seasonal and multi-annual fluctuations in water levels and ice cover, as well as the need for consistent heat flux calculations in the atmospheric and ocean models. In this presentation, we focus on the skill of short-term water level forecasts. Over a few days, water levels of the Great Lakes mainly respond to the wind stress, but also change with surface pressure, precipitation, evaporation and river flow. The approach taken to account for each of these factors is described, and the skill of the resulting water level forecast is assessed over the fall of 2014 and the winter of 2015. It is shown that the system can accurately predict storm surges and seiches at the hourly time scale, with a skill that decreases slowly over 48-h, suggesting that skillful forecasts with longer lead times are feasible. A plan for increasing the lead time up to one month is presented.

  8. Seasonal Fluctuations In Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb Concentrations In Surface Microlayers And Subsurface Water Of Two City Ponds

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    Antonowicz J. P.

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available We owe the knowledge concerning the surface water microlayer to the wide research into marine environment and relatively scarce research done into inland city ponds ecosystems. The surface microlayer is a very thin, several hundred micrometers thick layer at the contact of water and atmosphere. This important form of air-water exchange ecotone, which constitutes the surface microlayer of water, is a specific environment as to its chemical and physical characteristics and is different from subsurface waters. It can absorb chemical substances like heavy metals, phytoneuston and bacteria in larger quantities in comparison to lower parts of the water. This characteristic feature results, among others, from the processes of transport at the contact of hydrosphere-atmosphere and also transport within the very area of surface water microlayer. The paper describes transport processes of six heavy metals: Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Cd, Pb from subsurface water to surface water microlayer and vice versa, analyzed in a one year cycle. The transport of chemical substances under consideration was described on a basis of experiments made during the period of one year at five city pounds in S?upsk (Polish Pomerania. During the research, samples of the surface water microlayer were collected by means of application of the Garrett mesh technique. At the same time, samples of subsurface water were collected and tested as to the content of the same parameters as the surface microlayer. Samples were sampled in month intervals. The concentration of aforementioned heavy metals was measured by mass spectrometry method and used Perkin Elmer Elan DRC aparature.

  9. Evaluation of boiling water reactor water-level sensing line break and single failure: Generic Issue 101 boiling water reactor level redundancy - technical findings

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    This report presents an evaluation of the potential safety concerns identified in Generic Issue 101, related to Boiling Water Reactor (BWR) level sensing line breaks. For this review, failure combinations and transients were evaluated to assure that existing BWR plants could be safely shut down under postulated conditions of a break or leak in the instrument line of the reactor vessel level instrumentation plus an independent single failure in any protection system. The review evaluated all the designs currently employed in boiling water reactor plants. Part I of this report describes the methodology used to evaluate the various designs and provides technical findings. Part II presents the value/impact analysis performed to evaluate the various alternatives that were considered to improve plant response to a postulated water-level sensing line break and single failure

  10. Compilation of ground-water level measurements, obtained by the United States Geological Survey in Puerto Rico, 1958-1985

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    Torres-Gonzalez, Sigfredo

    1991-01-01

    A digital compilation of the groundwater levels in Puerto Rico was prepared as part of the Caribbean Islands Regional Aquifers System Analysis program. Of special interest are the groundwater levels measurements obtained on a routine basis at wells located in the different aquifer regions or aquifer zones. Data from 181 observation wells were entered in the computer data base. The data base includes the following: name, latitude and longitude coordinates, owner, diameter, depth, station identification, local number, aquifer area or region, period of record, construction date, earliest groundwater level reported, and groundwater level fluctuations for various time periods between 1958 and 1985. Data showing conditions under which groundwater level measurements may have been affected by (1) pumping of the well, (2) by a nearby pumping well (3) a specific method by which the groundwater level was determined, (4) whether the well was recently pumped, and (5) when recorded, the lowest water level are also indicated. The summarized information is available in printed format on a yearly basis as part of the Water Resources Data Publication series. (USGS)

  11. [Effect of external condition on the static migration and release of dibutylphthalate in the soil of the fluctuating zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir to the overlying water].

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    Song, Jiao-yan; Mu, Zhi-jian; Wang, Qiang; Yang, Zhi-dan; Wang, Fa

    2015-01-01

    In order to understand the environmental behavior of the organic pollutants Dibutyl-phthalate (DBP) in fluctuating zone soil, the migration and release processes of DBP in the fluctuating zone of the Three Gorges Reservoir to the overlying water and the impacts of temperature, light, coexistence phthalate-bis (2-ethylhexyl)-ester (DEHP), microbial activity on the process were studied using static flooding method. The results showed that DBP migrated from the soil to the overlying water in the early days after flooding, and the release process of DBP was divided into two phases: one was the quick release with a relatively short releasing time and a rapid releasing rate; the other was the slow release with a relatively long releasing time and a slow releasing rate. The slow release was a major speed control step, which could be well fitted by two-compartment first-order kinetics. In the interim (12 d) after flooding, the capacity of release reached a maximum, the DBP released from the soil into the water migrated from the water to the soil again after continued flooding, and eventually the content of DBP in soil and water reached equilibrium in the later period after flooding. The intensity of DBP releasing into the overlying water and the rapid releasing rate increased, while the slow releasing rate decreased when the temperature increased. The concentrations of DBP released into the water were different with different light sources. The concentration of DBP in the overlying water with treatment of natural light was higher than those with treatment of ultraviolet light UVB, UVA. After the amount of DBP in the overlying water reached the maximum, the content of DBP in the overlying water decreased relatively faster under the ultraviolet light than under the natural light. The largest release content of DBP and the time reached the largest release content were different with different oxygen content in the overlying water. Overall, the higher oxygen content in the overlying water, the higher content of DBP in the overlying water. The time when the concentration of DBP in overlying water reached the maximum was on the 8th day after flooding in the high oxygen and low oxygen studies, while the time was on the 12th day in natural study. When the phthalate-bis (2-ethylhexyl)-ester(DEHP) co-existed in the soil, there would be some significant influence on the release of DBP. After DEHP addition in the soil, it could release more DBP than the control, and both the rapid releasing rate and slow releasing rate were bigger than those of the control. The microbial activity had some impacts on the process. However, the effect was not obvious. After adding microbial activity inhibitor, the content of migrated DBP was slightly lower than that of the control. PMID:25898658

  12. Spectral fluctuation dividing for efficient wavenumber selection: application to estimation of water and drug content in granules using near infrared spectroscopy.

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    Miyano, Takuya; Kano, Manabu; Tanabe, Hideaki; Nakagawa, Hiroshi; Watanabe, Tomoyuki; Minami, Hidemi

    2014-11-20

    In process analytical technology (PAT) based on near infrared (NIR) spectroscopy, wavenumber selection is crucial to develop an accurate and robust calibration model. The present research proposes new efficient spectral dividing and wavenumber selection methods to significantly reduce the computational load required by conventional wavenumber selection methods such as interval partial least squares (iPLS). The proposed method, named spectral fluctuation dividing (SFD), divides a whole spectrum into multiple spectral intervals at local minimum points of the spectral fluctuation profile, which consists of the standard deviation of absorbance at each wavenumber in a calibration set. SFD is combined with PLS (SFD-PLS) to select the spectral intervals at which input variables have significant influence on a target response. The usefulness of SFD-PLS was demonstrated through its application to the problems of estimating water and drug content in granules. PLS models based on SFD-PLS achieved higher estimation accuracy than those based on conventional methods including iPLS, PLS-beta, and variable influence on projection (VIP). In addition, SFD-PLS was more than 10 times faster than the conventional variable selection methods including PLS-beta and VIP; in particular, SFD-PLS was more than 25 times faster than iPLS. Consequently, the proposed SFD-PLS is a promising wavenumber selection method. PMID:25218183

  13. Fluctuating micro-heterogeneity in water - tert-butyl alcohol mixtures and lambda-type divergence of the mean cluster size with phase transition-like multiple anomalies

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    Banerjee, Saikat; Bagchi, Biman

    2014-01-01

    Water - tert-butyl alcohol (TBA) binary mixture exhibits a large number of thermodynamic and dynamic anomalies. These anomalies are observed at surprisingly low TBA mole fraction, with $x_{\\text{TBA}} \\approx 0.03 - 0.07$. We demonstrate here that the origin of the anomalies lies in the local structural changes that occur due to self-aggregation of TBA molecules. We observe a percolation transition of the TBA molecules at $x_{\\text{TBA}} \\approx 0.05$. We note that "islands" of TBA clusters form even below this mole fraction, while a large spanning cluster emerges above that mole fraction. At this percolation threshold, we observe a lambda-type divergence in the fluctuation of the size of the largest TBA cluster, reminiscent of a critical point. Alongside, the structure of water is also perturbed, albeit weakly, by the aggregation of TBA molecules. There is a monotonic decrease in the tetrahedral order parameter of water, while the dipole moment correlation shows a weak non-linearity. Interestingly, water mol...

  14. Estimating groundwater recharge and evapotranspiration from water table fluctuations under three vegetation covers in a coastal sandy aquifer of subtropical Australia

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    Fan, Junliang; Oestergaard, Kasper T.; Guyot, Adrien; Lockington, David A.

    2014-11-01

    To evaluate potential hydrological impacts of changes in vegetation over a shallow sandy aquifer in subtropical Australia, we estimated groundwater recharge and discharge by evapotranspiration (ETg) under three vegetation covers. Estimates were obtained over two years (November 2011-October 2013) using the water table fluctuation method and the White method, respectively. Depth-dependent specific yields were determined for estimation of recharge and ETg. Our results show that the average annual gross recharge was largest at the sparse grassland (?52% of net rainfall), followed by the exotic pine plantation (?39% of net rainfall) and then the native banksia woodland (?27% of net rainfall). Lower recharge values at forested sites resulted from higher rainfall interception and reduced storage capacity of the vadose zone due to lower elevations when the water table approaches the soil surface. During 169 rain-free days when the White method was applied, pine trees extracted nearly twice as much groundwater through ETg as the banksia, whereas no groundwater use by grasses was detected. Groundwater use is largely controlled by meteorological drivers but further mediated by depth to water table. The resulting annual net recharge (gross recharge minus ETg) at the pine plantation was comparable to that of the banksia woodland but only half of the corresponding value at the grassland. Vegetation cover impacts potential groundwater recharge and discharge, but in these subtropical shallow water table environments estimates of potential recharge based on rainfall data need to take into account the often limited recharge capacity in the wet season.

  15. Influence of tidal fluctuations in the water table and methods applied in the calculation of hydrogeological parameters. The case of Motril-Salobreña coastal aquifer

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    Sánchez Úbeda, Juan Pedro; Calvache Quesada, María Luisa; Duque Calvache, Carlos; López Chicano, Manuel; Martín Rosales, Wenceslao

    2013-04-01

    The hydraulic properties of coastal aquifer are essential for any estimation of groundwater flow with simple calculations or modelling techniques. Usually the application of slug test or tracers test are the techniques selected for solving the uncertainties. Other methods are based on the information associated to the changes induced by tidal fluctuation in coastal zones. The Tidal Response Method is a simple technique based in two different factors, tidal efficiency factor and time lag of the tidal oscillation regarding to hydraulic head oscillation caused into the aquifer. This method was described for a homogeneous and isotropic confined aquifer; however, it's applicable to unconfined aquifers when the ratio of maximum water table fluctuation and the saturated aquifer thickness is less than 0.02. Moreover, the tidal equations assume that the tidal signal follows a sinusoidal wave, but actually, the tidal wave is a set of simple harmonic components. Due to this, another methods based in the Fourier series have been applied in earlier studies trying to describe the tidal wave. Nevertheless, the Tidal Response Method represents an acceptable and useful technique in the Motril-Salobreña coastal aquifer. From recently hydraulic head data sets at discharge zone of the Motril-Salobreña aquifer have been calculated transmissivity values using different methods based in the tidal fluctuations and its effects on the hydraulic head. The effects of the tidal oscillation are detected in two boreholes of 132 m and 38 m depth located 300 m to the coastline. The main difficulties for the application of the method were the consideration of a confined aquifer and the variation of the effect at different depths (that is not included into the tidal equations), but these troubles were solved. In one hand, the assumption that the storage coefficient (S) in this unconfined aquifer is close to confined aquifers values due to the hydrogeological conditions at high depth and without saturation changes. In the other hand, we have monitored hydraulic head fluctuations due to tidal oscillations in different shallow boreholes close to the shoreline, and comparing with the deep ones. The calculated values with the tidal efficiency factor in the deep boreholes are about one less order of magnitude regarding to the obtained results with time lag method. Nevertheless, the application of these calculation methods based on tidal response in unconfined aquifers provides knowledge about the characteristics of the discharge zone and groundwater flow patterns, and it may be an easy and profitable alternative to traditional pumping tests.

  16. Surface water considerations for low-level radioactive waste site

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    To ensure that the objective of isolation of low-level radioactive wastes and stability of the disposal site after closure can be achieved, the surface hydrology of the potential sit must be carefully characterized prior to engineering and operation. At a site the most important considerations with regard to flooding, infiltration, erosion, and pathway of radionuclides are addressed as they relate to streams, ponds, hydraulic structures, and surface water users. To satisfactorily characterize the site, the type and amount of data and analyses needed for license applications and the environmental report are discussed. The discussion also includes potential sources of available data, the field data collection program that may be necessary, and methodologies that can be used for analysis

  17. Emergency action levels for light water reactors. Draft report

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    United States nuclear power plants are currently preparing revised radiological emergency response plans. As part of these plans, each licensee is establishing plant-specific instrumentation readings, called emergency action levels (EALs), that indicate the presence of a problem and the need to declare one of four classes of emergency as designated by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. In this report, the EALs prepared for a pressurized water reactor and a boiling water reactor are assessed to determine whether they meet the requirements of NUREG-0654, Rev. 1 Appendix 1. In addition, five recent nuclear incidents are studied to determine how their outcomes might have been affected by the new emergency response plans. Most of the EALs reviewed were judged adequate. In some cases, alternate EALs or sets of generic EALs are proposed to meet the intent of NUREG-0654 Rev 1 Appendix 1, and the wording of some of the initiating conditions for the four emergency classes is clarified. For three of the five incidents reviewed, the new emergency response plans probably would not have affected the outcome; in one case, the plans would probably have prevented core damage; and any effect on the outcome of the last incident is uncertain

  18. Water level measuring method in pipelines of steam generator

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    The device of the present invention can accurately and continuously monitor the water level of pipelines on high temperature side (hot legs) of a steam generator upon periodical inspection of a PWR type reactor. Namely, a supersonic wave sensor is disposed on the lower surface of the laterally disposed pipelines such as hot legs, and supersonic waves generated upwardly are reflected to the water surface in the pipeline and received. Then, the time difference between sending and reception is measured by a measuring device. In order to prevent degradation at high temperature and radiation damages of the supersonic wave sensor, the device is structured such that the supersonic sensor is attached and detached easily to and from the pipeline upon start and completion of the periodical inspection. Since the present invention does not require scraping or welding fabrication of pipeline, it can be disposed extremely easily compared with a conventional visual observation method by using a perspective-type small tube or a method by using coolant pressure difference. (I.S.)

  19. Level of Water Awareness at Some Jordanian Universities Studentâ??s

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    Mohamad Said Damanhouri; Bashar Abdallah Al-Saleem; Yousra Yousef AL-Ali

    2012-01-01

    Problem statement: Jordan has been facing shortage in water sector during the last three decades due to natural and society factors, weakness of water awareness is one of these Society factors, so this study focused on the level of water awareness in fields of; water significant in life, water problem in Jordan, water conservation at part of Jordanian society. Approach: The study aimed to Investigate how some Jordanian Universities students behave to identify the level of water awareness in s...

  20. Flutuação populacional e intensidade de infestação da broca-dos-frutos em cupuaçu / Population fluctuation and infestation levels of the cupuaçu fruit borer

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    Marcílio José, Thomazini.

    2002-09-01

    Full Text Available Dentre as pragas do cupuaçueiro Theobroma grandiflorum (Wild. ex Spreng.) Schum., a broca-dos-frutos, Conotrachelus humeropictus Fiedler (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), é a mais importante, devido aos danos causados e por estar disseminada em alguns Estados da região Norte do Brasil. Os objetivos deste [...] trabalho foram avaliar a flutuação populacional de adultos de C. humeropictus, determinar a intensidade de infestação e caracterizar o ataque de larvas desta praga em frutos de cupuaçueiros, em sistemas agroflorestais no Estado de Rondônia. Para obter a flutuação populacional de adultos da broca, foram amostradas semanalmente, durante o período de março/98 a julho/00, 20 plantas de cupuaçu, pelo método do sacolejo, em duas áreas de agrossilvicultores. A avaliação da população de larvas foi realizada durante duas safras, onde foram coletados e abertos frutos atacados pela broca. A determinação da infestação da praga foi obtida através da porcentagem de frutos broqueados. Adultos de C. humeropictus ocorrem durante todo ano nas plantas de cupuaçu, na área estudada, mas predominam na floração, início da frutificação e durante o período de safra. Tanto os frutos verdes como os maduros são atacados, sendo que larvas de idades diferentes podem ocorrem em um mesmo fruto. Perdas superiores a 50% na produção de frutos, devido ao ataque da broca, ressaltam a importância desta praga na região. Abstract in english The most important pest of the cupuaçu crop is the fruit borer, Conotrachelus humeropictus Fiedler (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), wich severely damages fruits and is disseminated all over North Brazil. The objectives of this study were evaluating the population fluctuations of C. humeropictus adults, [...] infestation levels and to characterize the pest larval attack in cupuaçu fruits of agroforestry systems of the Rondonia State, Brazil. Population fluctuations from C. humeropictus adults were evaluated weekly from March/98 to July/00 in twenty cupuaçu plants, by shaking the tree branches, of two producer areas. During two harvest periods, fruits attacked by the borer were collected and examined for evaluation of larvae population. Pest infestation was determined by the percentage of damaged fruits. C. humeropictus adults occur year around on cupuaçu plants, but predominate at the stages of flowering, fruit formation and during the harvest period. It was observed that mature and non-mature fruits are attacked by the pest; larvae of different ages can occur in a same fruit; the insect may cause losses greater than 50% of fruit yield.

  1. Fluctuation analysis

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    This paper briefly reviews sources of noise in Josephson junctions, and the limits they impose on the sensitivity of dc and rf SQUIDS. The results are strictly valid only for a resistively shunted junction (RSJ) with zero capacitance, but should be applicable to point contact junctions and microbridges in so far as these devices can be approximated by the RSJ model. Fluctuations arising from Nyquist noise in the resistive shunt of a single junction are discussed in the limit eI/sub o/R/k/sub B/T << 1 in which a classical treatment is appropriate, and then extend the treatment to the limit eI/sub o/R/k/sub B/T greater than or equal to 1 in which quantum effects become important. The Nyquist limit theory is used to calculate the noise in a dc SQUID, and the results are compared with a number of practical devices. The quantum limit is briefly considered. Results for the predicted sensitivity of rf SQUIDS are presented, and also compared with a number of practical devices. Finally, the importance of l/f noise (f is the frequency) in limiting the low frequency performance of SQUIDS is discussed

  2. GPS water level measurements for Indonesia's Tsunami Early Warning System

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    2011-03-01

    Full Text Available On Boxing Day 2004, a severe tsunami was generated by a strong earthquake in Northern Sumatra causing a large number of casualties. At this time, neither an offshore buoy network was in place to measure tsunami waves, nor a system to disseminate tsunami warnings to local governmental entities. Since then, buoys have been developed by Indonesia and Germany, complemented by NOAA's Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART buoys, and have been moored offshore Sumatra and Java. The suite of sensors for offshore tsunami detection in Indonesia has been advanced by adding GPS technology for water level measurements.

    The usage of GPS buoys in tsunami warning systems is a relatively new approach. The concept of the German Indonesian Tsunami Early Warning System (GITEWS (Rudloff et al., 2009 combines GPS technology and ocean bottom pressure (OBP measurements. Especially for near-field installations where the seismic noise may deteriorate the OBP data, GPS-derived sea level heights provide additional information.

    The GPS buoy technology is precise enough to detect medium to large tsunamis of amplitudes larger than 10 cm. The analysis presented here suggests that for about 68% of the time, tsunamis larger than 5 cm may be detectable.

  3. Off-calibration effects on boiling water reactor water level instruments that tap into jet pump diffusers

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    A number of water level instruments are included in boiling water reactor (BWR) plant design. These instruments measure reactor pressure vessel (RPV) water level by measuring the differential pressure (DP) between a fixed-height water column (the reference leg) and the RPV (the variable leg) and converting the DP to a height of water. Thus, plant conditions that affect the DP without changing actual water level will affect the indicated water level monitored by the operator in the control room. These conditions include reactor pressure and drywell and reactor building temperatures near the instrument lines as they affect fluid densities and measured pressures in the reference and variable legs. The fuel zone water level instruments are unique in that their variable legs tap into jet pump diffusers. Therefore, these instruments are also affected by flow past the jet pump taps and jet pump developed head. The purpose of the study is to provide a method to determine actual water level using fuel zone water level instruments for various transient and accident conditions. The concept of developing a simple correction as function of jet pump flow became more complicated as the investigation progressed. The present course of action is to (1) continue the development of jet pump flow-related calibration curves that would be used to determine actual water level under off-normal conditions; and (2) evaluate relocation of the fuel zone water level instrument variable leg tap to a place where the effects of jet pump flow are minimized

  4. [Analysis of pollution levels of 16 antibiotics in the river water of Daliao River water system].

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    Yang, Changqing; Wang, Longxing; Hou, Xiaohong; Chen, Jiping

    2012-08-01

    The detection of the pollution level of antibiotics in Daliao River system is a meaningful work. Sixteen antibiotics (6 sulfonamides, 5 fluoroquinolones, 3 tetracyclines and 2 chloramphenicols) were simultaneously quantified with solid-phase extraction (SPE) and liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In the SPE procedure, methanol and 2% (v/v) ammonia/methanol were used as the elution solvents in sequence to reduce the elution volume and improve the recovery. The results showed that this method have good sensitivity and enrichment effect for the target antibiotics in aqueous water, the recoveries ranged from 69.5% to 122.6%, the detection limits ranged from 0.05 ng/L to 0.32 ng/L. Thirteen antibiotics were found in the river water of Daliao River water system. Sulfa antibiotics were widely distributed, in which sulfamethoxazole was detected in all the sampling sites. The concentration of fluoroquinolones was relatively high in some sampling sites. The highest detection concentration of enoxacin was 41.3 ng/L. The frequencies and concentrations of tetracyclines and chloramphenicols were lower. In the upper reaches of the river, the concentrations of the 4 types of antibiotics appeared lower, but around the large cities such as Shenyang City, Benxi City, Liaoyang City, the concentrations showed higher levels. The study indicated that the Daliao River water system suffered from the pollution of antibiotics to a certain extent. PMID:23256376

  5. Non Invasive Water Level Monitoring on Boiling Water Reactors Using Internal Gamma Radiation: Application of Soft Computing Methods

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    To provide best knowledge about safety-related water level values in boiling water reactors (BWR) is essentially for operational regime. For the water level determination hydrostatic level measurement systems are almost exclusively applied, because they stand the test over many decades in conventional and nuclear power plants (NPP). Due to the steam generation especially in BWR a specific phenomenon occurs which leads to a water-steam mixture level in the reactor annular space and reactor plenum. The mixture level is a high transient non-measurable value concerning the hydrostatic water level measuring system and it significantly differs from the measured collapsed water level. In particular, during operational and accidental transient processes like fast negative pressure transients, the monitoring of these water levels is very important. In addition to the hydrostatic water level measurement system a diverse water level measurement system for BWR should be used. A real physical diversity is given by gamma radiation distribution inside and outside the reactor pressure vessel correlating with the water level. The vertical gamma radiation distribution depends on the water level, but it is also a function of the neutron flux and the coolant recirculation pump speed. For the water level monitoring, special algorithms are required. An analytical determination of the gamma radiation distribution outside the reactor pressure vessel is impossible due to the multitude of radiation of physical processes, complicated non-stationary radiation source distribution and complex geometry of fixtures. For creating suited algorithms Soft Computing methods (Fuzzy Sets Theory, Artificial Neural Networks, etc.) will be used. Therefore, a database containing input values (gamma radiation distribution) and output values (water levels) had to be built. Here, the database was established by experiments (data from BWR and from a test setup) and simulation with the authorised thermo-fluid code ATHLET. (authors)

  6. Water levels in periodically measured wells in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada, 1988

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    This report presents water-level data for 10 wells that were periodically measured in 1988 in the Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada. Water levels measured during 1987 are included in the report for reference. The report includes discussions of the methods used and corrections applied to obtain water-level depths and altitudes from onsite measurements. Water levels for each well are presented in tabular and graphical (hydrograph) form. The altitude of the water level in the upper part of the saturated zone is about 775 meters above sea level to the west of and along part of the crest of Yucca Mountain; along the eastern edge and southern end of Yucca Mountain, the water level is 728 to 730 meters above sea level. The water-level data were obtained to help evaluate the suitability of the area for storing high-level nuclear waste. 14 refs., 2 figs., 2 tabs

  7. 77 FR 25721 - Small Entity Compliance Guide: Bottled Water: Quality Standard: Establishing an Allowable Level...

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    2012-05-01

    ... availability of a guidance for industry entitled ``Bottled Water: Quality Standard: Establishing an Allowable... HUMAN SERVICES Food and Drug Administration Small Entity Compliance Guide: Bottled Water: Quality... its bottled water standard of quality regulations by establishing an allowable level for...

  8. Hydrogen bonded structure, polarity, molecular motion and frequency fluctuations at liquid-vapor interface of a water-methanol mixture: An ab initio molecular dynamics study

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    Choudhuri, Jyoti Roy; Chandra, Amalendu

    2014-10-01

    We have performed ab initio molecular dynamics simulations of a liquid-vapor interfacial system consisting of a mixture of water and methanol molecules. Detailed results are obtained for the structural and dynamical properties of the bulk and interfacial regions of the mixture. Among structural properties, we have looked at the inhomogeneous density profiles of water and methanol molecules, hydrogen bond distributions and also the orientational profiles of bulk and interfacial molecules. The methanol molecules are found to have a higher propensity to be at the interface than water molecules. It is found that the interfacial molecules show preference for specific orientations so as to form water-methanol hydrogen bonds at the interface with the hydrophobic methyl group pointing towards the vapor side. It is also found that for both types of molecules, the dipole moment decreases at the interface. It is also found that the local electric field of water influences the dipole moment of methanol molecules. Among the dynamical properties, we have calculated the diffusion, orientational relaxation, hydrogen bond dynamics, and vibrational frequency fluctuations in bulk and interfacial regions. It is found that the diffusion and orientation relaxation of the interfacial molecules are faster than those of the bulk. However, the hydrogen bond lifetimes are longer at the interface which can be correlated with the time scales found from the decay of frequency time correlations. The slower hydrogen bond dynamics for the interfacial molecules with respect to bulk can be attributed to diminished cooperative effects at the interface due to reduced density and number of hydrogen bonds.

  9. Trend Analysis of Ground-Water Levels and Spring Discharge in the Yucca Mountain Region, Nevada and California, 1960-2000

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    Ground-water level and discharge data from 1960 to 2000 were analyzed for the Yucca Mountain region of southern Nevada and eastern California. Included were water-level data from 37 wells and a fissure (Devils Hole) and discharge data from five springs and from a flowing well. Data were evaluated for variability and for upward, downward, or cyclic trends with an emphasis on the period 1992-2000. Potential factors causing trends in water levels and discharge include ground-water withdrawal, infiltration of precipitation, earthquakes, evapotranspiration, barometric pressure, and earth tides. Statistically significant trends in ground water levels or spring discharge from 1992 to 2000 were upward at 12 water-level sites and downward at 14 water-level sites and 1 spring-discharge site. In general, the magnitude of the change in water level from 1992 to 2000 was small (less than 2 feet), except where influenced by pumping or local effects such as possible equilibration from well construction or diversion of nearby surface water. Seasonal trends are superimposed on some of the long-term (1992-2000) trends in water levels and discharge. Factors causing seasonal trends include barometric pressure, evapotranspiration, and pumping. The magnitude of seasonal change in water level can vary from as little as 0.05 foot in regional aquifers to greater than 5 feet in monitoring wells near large supply wells in the Amargosa Farms area. Three major episodes of earthquake activity affected water levels in wells in the Yucca Mountain region between 1992 and 2000: the Landers/Little Skull Mountain, Northridge, and Hector Mine earthquakes. The Landers/Little Skull Mountain earthquakes, in June 1992, had the largest observed effect on water levels and on discharge during the study period. Monthly measurements of wells in the study network show that earthquakes affected water levels from a few tenths of a foot to 3.5 feet. In the Ash Meadows area, water levels remained relatively stable from 1992 to 2000, with some water levels showing small rising trends and some declining slightly. Possible reasons for water-level fluctuations at sites AD-6 (Tracer Well 3), AM-5 (Devils Hole Well), and AM-4 (Devils Hole) from 1960 to 2000 include climate change, local and regional ground-water withdrawals, and tectonic activity. In Jackass Flats, water levels from 1992 to 2000 in six wells adjacent to Fortymile Wash displayed either small upward trends or no upward or downward trend. Comparison of trends in water levels from 1983 to 2000 for these six wells shows good correlations between all wells and suggests a common mechanism controlling water levels in the area. Of the likely controls on the system-precipitation or pumping in Jackass Flats-precipitation appears to be the predominant factor controlling water levels near Fortymile Wash. Water levels in the heavily pumped Amargosa Farms area declined from about 10 to 30 feet from 1964 to 2000. Water-level declines accelerated beginning in the early 1990's as pumping rates increased substantially. Pumping in the Amargosa Farms area may affect water levels in some wells as far away as 5-14 miles. The water level at site DV-3 (Travertine Point 1 Well) and discharge at site DV-2 (Navel Spring), both in the Death Valley hydrographic area, had downward trends from 1992 to 2000. The cause of these downward trends may be linked to earthquakes, pumping in the Amargosa Farms area, or both

  10. Fluctuation contents of phosphorus and natural radionuclide in the water column of the Mersing river, Johor, Malaysia

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    Studies on natural radionuclides such as 210Po and 210Pb with the concentration of phosphorus in water column related to suspended particulate matter (SPM) were carried out at the Mersing River, Johor, Malaysia. Sixteen water samples were collected from nine stations on the 4th July 2010. 210Po and 210Pb activities varied between 0.76 to 2.24 mBq/L and 0.16 to 1.60 mBq/L respectively. The phosphorus concentrations, comprising total dissolved phosphorus (TDP), soluble reactive phosphorus (SRP) and dissolved organic phosphorus (DOP), were within the ranges of 6.06 to 23.31 ?g/L, 2.24 to 13.42 ?g/L and 0.47 to 16.10 ?/L, respectively. The concentration of TDP and salinity shows weak positive correlation (r = 0.39), perhaps due to the shallow depth of the Mersing River. There is a high positive correlation (r = 0.85) of 210Po activity with SPM concentration and a moderately positive correlation (r =0.59) of 210Po and TDP in water. The Kd values in suspended particulate matter are much higher compare to that in dissolved phase, proving that the adsorption of radionuclides to particles is more dominant. This implies that SPM significantly influences the variation of the P compound and both radionuclides in the Mersing River. This corresponds with agricultural activities from palm oil estates; erosion of the river bank due to river runoff; advection of suspended particulates from surface sediment due to boat and ferry traffic at the jetties; sedimentation; domestic sewage from nearby terrestrial areas; and natural processes; all of which might have resulted in their introduction to the Mersing River. (author)

  11. Mixing height over water and its role on the correlation between temperature and humidity fluctuations in the unstable surface layer

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    Sempreviva, A.M.; Gryning, Sven-Erik

    2000-01-01

    Results from an experimental investigation of the mixing height over inner Danish waters carried out from September 1990 to October 1992, are discussed. The statistical analysis of the mixed-layer height (z(i)) over the sea does not exhibit the daily variation that is characteristic of the mixed layer over land, but it is nearly constant over a 24-hour cycle. During summer, the mixed layer is higher than during winter. A second inversion was often observed. A case study of the development of the...

  12. ERPWS: An Energy Efficient Routing Protocol for Conductive Sensor based Water Level Monitoring and Control System using Zigbee and 74HC14 Inverter

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    Saima Maqbool

    2013-07-01

    Full Text Available In this paper we have shown how to use conductive sensor, Zigbee and 74HC14 Inverter to monitor the water level and to control the working of pump. This project is designed to automatically fill the over head tank when it gets empty and monitor the water level in it. The motor is switched ON when the water level in the overhead tank drops below a pre fixed low level (on point and puts off the motor when water level rises up to pre fixed high level (off point.The motor is also switched off during the following conditions: when the sump water is exhausted before filling overhead tank, pump running dry, mains voltage fluctuations. We also introduce an energy efficient routing protocol for Wireless Sensor Networks (ERPWS for Conductive Sensor based Water Level Monitoring and Control System using Zigbee (XBEE 802.15.4 in terms of energy consumptions, the packet loss ratio, network lifetime and the average delivery delay. The XBEE used here is XBEE Pro Series 1(XBP24-AWI-001 and IC used is 74HC14 Hex Inverting Schmitt trigger. Simulation results have been obtained by using NS2 simulator. The evaluation results show that the energy consumption of routing using ERPWS is significantly lower than LEACH and traditional routing protocols.

  13. Estimating aquifer parameters from analysis of forced fluctuations in well level: An example from the Nubian Formation near Aswan, Egypt: 3. Diffusivity estimates for saturated and unsaturated zones

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    Evans, Keith; Beavan, John; Simpson, David; Mousa, Sameh

    1991-07-01

    Atmospheric pressure variations provide a broadband signal that may force a sympathetic response in well water levels. In this paper, time series analysis techniques are used to estimate the response as a frequency-dependent admittance function, which is then modeled to provide estimates of the fluid transport properties of strata. The data derive from five cased piezometer wells sampling aquifers in the Nubian Formation southwest of Aswan, Egypt. Three shallow wells (100-140 m deep) sample a water table aquifer; a fourth ("W3"; 400 m deep) samples a basal aquifer in the same area that behaves in a confined manner up to a period of several years. The fifth well samples another basal aquifer and shows evidence of partial blockage. Nontidal water level variations in the shallow wells are due almost entirely to barometrically driven flow of air and water. Using a simple model to fit the observed barometric admittance spectra, we obtain estimates of horizontal and vertical permeabilities (for water) in the saturated zone. Local horizontal permeability is constrained by modeling the effects of flow-induced pressure gradients near the screen. For the W3 deep well sampling the basal aquifer, the resulting values (0.15-0.3 ?2) are marginally lower than the large-scale (5 km) estimates (0.32-0.43 ?2) derived in a previous paper. However, the values for the three wells sampling the water table aquifer, although consistent among themselves (0.2-0.5 ?2), are significantly lower than the large-scale estimate (1.0-1.5 ?2). This is contrary to what might be expected given that the wells are preferentially screened in clean sandstones. Vertical permeability, estimated by modeling partial confinement effects, is constrained for only one well. A low value was obtained because of the presence of claystone beds in the diffusion path between screen and water table at this well. The effects of air wave diffusion are clearly manifest in the spectra of one well where the water table lay at a depth of about 40 m. The form of the spectra was well fit by ascribing a uniform pneumatic diffusivity of 1.75×10 m-3m2/s to the unsaturated zone. However, it was also necessary to include an apparent attenuation of the air wave at the capillary fringe of about 0.5. We propose that the effect is due not to attenuation but that it reflects "compression" of the phreatic surface arising from the presence of trapped air pockets in the underlying saturated zone. A 40-m rise in the water table at the site during the decade prior to the measurements might explain the presence of significant quantities of trapped air. This rise in water table, together with the arid climate, might be taken to suggest that the moisture content of the unsaturated zone is negligible (except within a meter or so of the water table). However, calculation of the intrinsic rock permeability from pneumatic diffusivity assuming zero moisture content yields an estimate which is considered to be too low. The likely explanation is that the assumption of zero moisture content is in error, despite conditions which are as favorable as are ever likely to be realized under field conditions.

  14. Water levels in wells J-11 and J-12, 1989-91, Yucca Mountain Area, Nevada

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    Water levels have been measured in the Yucca Mountain area, Nevada, since 1981 in order to gain a better understanding of the ground-water flow system in the area. Water levels in wells J-11 and J-12 have been periodically measured using calibrated reeled steel tapes since 1989, however, calculation of water-level altitude was not possible prior to 1993 due to missing reference elevations. These elevations were determined in 1993 by the U.S. Geological Survey. During 1989-91, water-level altitudes for well J-11 ranged from 732.09 to 732.40 meters and the mean water-level altitude was 732.19 meters. During 1989-91, water-level altitudes for well J-12 ranged from 727.84 to 728.03 meters, and the mean water-level altitude was 727.95 meters

  15. Investigations on boron levels in drinking water sources in China.

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    Xu, Ren-ji; Xing, Xiao-ru; Zhou, Qun-fang; Jiang, Gui-bin; Wei, Fu-sheng

    2010-06-01

    To evaluate boron contamination of public drinking water in China, both dissolved and total boron contents in 98 public drinking water sources from 49 cities, 42 brands of bottled water samples from supermarkets in several cities, and 58 water samples from boron industrial area were measured by inductively coupled plasma-mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Our experimental results showed that boron existed in public drinking water sources mainly in dissolved status with total concentrations ranging from 0.003 to 0.337 mg/L (mean = 0.046 mg/L). The mean boron concentrations in mineral and pure bottled water were 0.052 and 0.028 mg/L, respectively. The results obtained in this work showed that there was no health risk on view of boron in public drinking water sources and bottled water. In boron industrial area, boron concentrations in surface water and ground water were 1.28 mg/L (range = 0.007-3.8 mg/L) and 18.3 mg/L (range = 0.015-140 mg/L), respectively, which indicated that boron industry caused boron pollution in local water system. PMID:19444639

  16. Measurement of water level, electrical conductivity, and sediment surface level using time domain reflectometry

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    Time domain reflectometry (TDR) has been drawing a lot more attention as a way to identify the interfaces in between different dielectric media. To monitor water level (hsub(w)) with electrical conductivity (omegasub(w)) and sediment surface level (hsub(sed)) in river by applying TDR, we developed a mathematical model to evaluate these properties and verified its effectiveness by measuring the dielectric constant of conductive fluid media and a soil material (sand) using TDR probes with different lengths. Although the determination of (hsub(w)) in extremely high-conductive media was technically incompleted, we could successfully determine (hsub(w)), (omegasub(w)), and hsub(sed) with a probe in moderate-conductive media. Judging from the relatively good agreement between properties evaluated from the model and observed data, we concluded the TDR measurement could be useful to evaluate hsub(w), omegasub(w), and hsub(sed) with sufficient accuracy for practical use within an appropriate conductive range. In actual application of TDR to a river monitoring, the calibration of the probe used must be required to conduct accurate measurement based of the model

  17. Seasonal, sub-seasonal and spatial fluctuations in oxygen-depleted bottom waters in an embayment of an eastern boundary upwelling system: St Helena Bay

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    Pitcher, G. C.; Probyn, T. A.

    2015-08-01

    The considerable impact of oxygen deficient waters on marine resources in St Helena Bay has generated interest in exploring the vulnerability of South Africa's largest and most productive bay to further deoxygenation in response to climate change. Seasonal, sub-seasonal and spatial fluctuations in bottom dissolved oxygen (DO) are examined in St Helena Bay to facilitate better interpretation of historical data. DO measurements in relation to physical, chemical and biological variables were made between November 2013 and November 2014. Alongshore bay characteristics were assessed through comparison of variables along the 50 m depth contour. A mean coefficient of variation of 0.35 provided a measure of the relative variability of near-bottom DO concentrations along this contour. Across-shelf transects captured the seasonal development of hypoxia in relation to the distribution of phytoplankton biomass. DO was lowest in autumn in the south of the bay prior to winter ventilation of the bottom waters. Exceptional dinoflagellate blooms forming extensive subsurface thin layers preceded the autumn DO minima. The development of hypoxia at inner and central stations prior to expansion beyond the boundaries of the bay provided evidence of local drawdown. Coincident with the seasonal decline of DO within the bay was an increase in macronutrient concentrations which tended to mirror DO concentrations. Indication of denitrification in the suboxic waters in the south of the bay was provided through evidence of a nitrate deficit in autumn supported by elevated nitrite concentrations. Superimposed on the seasonal decline of DO concentrations in the bottom waters were sub-seasonal events of hypoxia and anoxia linked to episodic deposition of organic matter as indicated by increases in bottom Chl a concentrations.

  18. Fuzzy logic control of steam generator water level in pressurized water reactors

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    In this paper a fuzzy logic controller is applied to control the steam generator water level in a pressurized water reactor. The method does not require a detailed mathematical mode of the object to be controlled. The design is based on a set of linguistic rules that were adopted from the human operator's experience. After off-line fuzzy computation, the controller is a lookup table, and thus, real-time control is achieved. Shrink-and-swell phenomena are considered in the linguistic rules, and the simulation results show that their effect is dramatically reduced. The performance of the control system can also be improved by changing the input and output scaling factors, which is convenient for on-line tuning

  19. COMPARISON OF VENTED AND ABSOLUTE PRESSURE TRANSDUCERS FOR WATER-LEVEL MONITORING IN HANFORD SITE CENTRAL PLATEAU WELLS

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    2011-09-08

    Automated water-level data collected using vented pressure transducers deployed in Hanford Site Central Plateau wells commonly display more variability than manual tape measurements in response to barometric pressure fluctuations. To explain this difference, it was hypothesized that vented pressure transducers installed in some wells are subject to barometric pressure effects that reduce water-level measurement accuracy. Vented pressure transducers use a vent tube, which is open to the atmosphere at land surface, to supply air pressure to the transducer housing for barometric compensation so the transducer measurements will represent only the water pressure. When using vented transducers, the assumption is made that the air pressure between land surface and the well bore is in equilibrium. By comparison, absolute pressure transducers directly measure the air pressure within the wellbore. Barometric compensation is achieved by subtracting the well bore air pressure measurement from the total pressure measured by a second transducer submerged in the water. Thus, no assumption of air pressure equilibrium is needed. In this study, water-level measurements were collected from the same Central Plateau wells using both vented and absolute pressure transducers to evaluate the different methods of barometric compensation. Manual tape measurements were also collected to evaluate the transducers. Measurements collected during this study demonstrated that the vented pressure transducers over-responded to barometric pressure fluctuations due to a pressure disequilibrium between the air within the wellbores and the atmosphere at land surface. The disequilibrium is thought to be caused by the relatively long time required for barometric pressure changes to equilibrate between land surface and the deep vadose zone and may be exacerbated by the restriction of air flow between the well bore and the atmosphere due to the presence of sample pump landing plates and well caps. The disequilibrium is likely limited to wells screened across the water table (i.e., open to the deep vadose zone) where the depth to water is large or a low-permeability layer occurs in the vadose zone. Such wells are a pathway for air movement between the deep vadose zone and land surface and this sustains the pressure disequilibrium between the well bore and the atmosphere for longer time periods. Barometric over-response was not observed with the absolute pressure transducers because barometric compensation was achieved by directly measuring the air pressure within the well. Users of vented pressure transducers should be aware of the over-response issue in certain Hanford Site wells and ascertain if it will affect the use of the data. Pressure disequilibrium between the well and the atmosphere can be identified by substantial air movement through the wellbore. In wells exhibiting pressure disequilibrium, it is recommended that absolute pressure transducers be used rather than vented transducers for applications that require precise automated determinations of well water-level changes in response to barometric pressure fluctuations.

  20. To save water or not? : A study of water scarcity at multiple levels, and people's attitudestowards it in Bangalore, India

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    Bognäs, Désirée

    2011-01-01

    In a situation where population growth and development is to be sustained throughnaturally limited water resources, something needs to be done to either render waterusage more effective or make more water available. This is the situation in Bangalore Urban District (BUD), an ever growing city lying far from perennial water sources. This thesis presents the water situation in BUD, and aims to analyze the current status of water resources on multiple levels in BUD. Further the aim is to look at...

  1. Influence of Closing Storm Surge Barrier on Extreme Water Levels and Water Exchange; The Limfjord, Denmark

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    Nørgaard, Jørgen Quvang Harck; Bentzen, Thomas Ruby; Larsen, Torben; Andersen, Thomas Lykke; Kvejborg, Steffen

    2014-01-01

    increased risk of flooding in the estuary has revitalized the discussion whether this connection should be closed. In this paper, it is shown by numerical simulation that the establishment of a storm surge barrier across Thyborøn Channel can significantly reduce the peak water levels in the central of the...... rest of days during the year. Depending on the effective cross-sectional area of the sluice, the depth-averaged salinity in the Limfjord remains status quo for cross-sectional areas of 500m2, whereas the salinity increases with up to 1.5 PSU for larger openings....

  2. Tritium activity levels in environmental water samples from different origins

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    Palomo, M.; Penalver, A.; Aguilar, C. [Unitat de Radioquimica Ambiental i Sanitaria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Edifici CTT-FURV, Av. Paisos Catalans 18, 43007 Tarragona (Spain); Borrull, F. [Unitat de Radioquimica Ambiental i Sanitaria, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Edifici CTT-FURV, Av. Paisos Catalans 18, 43007 Tarragona (Spain)], E-mail: francesc.borrull@urv.cat

    2007-09-15

    Tritium activity was determined in environmental waters from different areas of Catalonia, using a distillation procedure before liquid scintillation counting. The developed method was validated by analysing two samples from proficiency tests. In most of water samples (from rivers, rain, mineral bottled waters and tap waters) analysed, the activity values were lower or close to the minimum detectable activity (MDA) for our method which has a value of 0.6 Bq/l. However, the Ebro river samples had a mean activity around 3.6{+-}0.6Bq/l. The nuclear power station of Asco, which is located on the banks of this river, can be a source of tritium production and introduction into the environment, so a more exhaustive study of these waters was carried out. Tritium activities in this river were a long way above the normative limit in Spain for waters intended for human consumption, which is 100 Bq/l.

  3. The nuclear physical method for high pressure steam manifold water level gauging and its error

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    A new method, which is non-contact on measured water level, for measuring high pressure steam manifold water level with nuclear detection technique is introduced. This method overcomes the inherent drawback of previous water level gauges based on other principles. This method can realize full range real time monitoring on the continuous water level of high pressure steam manifold from the start to full load of boiler, and the actual value of water level can be obtained. The measuring errors were analysed on site. Errors from practical operation in Tianjin Junliangcheng Power Plant and in laboratory are also presented

  4. Sliding stones of Racetrack Playa, Death Valley, USA: The roles of rock thermal conductivity and fluctuating water levels.

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    Kletetschka, Günther; Hooke, R. L.; Ryan, A.; Fercana, G.; McKinney, E.; Schwebler, K. P.

    2013-01-01

    Ro?. 195, 1 August (2013), s. 110-117. ISSN 0169-555X Institutional support: RVO:67985831 Keywords : Endorheic * Finite element modeling * hydrogeology * Racetrack playa * sliding stones Subject RIV: DB - Geology ; Mineralogy Impact factor: 2.577, year: 2013

  5. Behaviors of extreme water level in the Pearl River Delta and possible impacts from human activities

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    Y. D. Chen

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available Trends and variations of the extreme water levels defined as exceeding/falling below certain thresholds (mean ± std across the Pearl River Delta (PRD are systematically explored using the linear regression method. Research results indicate that: 1 The upper PRD is dominated by the significant decreasing low water level, and significant increasing low water level can be identified in the lower PRD. The variations of the relative frequency of the high water level are characterized by the decreasing variability in the middle PRD. However more stations show significant changes of the relative frequency of the low water level across the PRD. No confirmative changing patterns of the relative frequency of the low water level can be detected in the middle PRD; 2 When it comes to the seasonal variations of the high/low water level in JJA (high flow periods in the PRD, stations located closer to the estuary tend to exhibit increasing high/low water level. However stations located closer to the upper PRD tend to show decreasing high/low water level. Similar patterns can be identified in the high/low water level in DJF (low flow periods in the PRD; 3 The changes of the water level in the PRD are heavily affected by human interferences, e.g. in-channel dredging, sand mining and the construction of levees. The stations dominated by decreasing water level are mostly located along the river channels featured by highly-intensive dredging. The stations along the coastal regions show significant increasing extreme high/low water level. The coastal regions are not influenced by in-channel dredging, and furthermore, sediment loads from upper and middle PRD are deposited in the river mouths and which will tend to raise the water level in the estuary of the PRD. The findings of this paper may be helpful for local water resource management.

  6. Rapid fluctuations in flow and water-column properties in Asan Bay, Guam: implications for selective resilience of coral reefs in warming seas

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    Storlazzi, C.D.; Field, M.E.; Cheriton, O.M.; Presto, M.K.; Logan, J.B.

    2013-01-01

    Hydrodynamics and water-column properties were investigated off west-central Guam from July 2007 through January 2008. Rapid fluctuations, on time scales of 10s of min, in currents, temperature, salinity, and acoustic backscatter were observed to occur on sub-diurnal frequencies along more than 2 km of the fore reef but not at the reef crest. During periods characterized by higher sea-surface temperatures (SSTs), weaker wind forcing, smaller ocean surface waves, and greater thermal stratification, rapid decreases in temperature and concurrent rapid increases in salinity and acoustic backscatter coincided with onshore-directed near-bed currents and offshore-directed near-surface currents. During the study, these cool-water events, on average, lasted 2.3 h and decreased the water temperature 0.57 °C, increased the salinity 0.25 PSU, and were two orders of magnitude more prevalent during the summer season than the winter. During the summer season when the average satellite-derived SST anomaly was +0.63 °C, these cooling events, on average, lowered the temperature 1.14 °C along the fore reef but only 0.11 °C along the reef crest. The rapid shifts appear to be the result of internal tidal bores pumping cooler, more saline, higher-backscatter oceanic water from depths >50 m over cross-shore distances of 100 s of m into the warmer, less saline waters at depths of 20 m and shallower. Such internal bores appear to have the potential to buffer shallow coral reefs from predicted increases in SSTs by bringing cool, offshore water to shallow coral environments. These cooling internal bores may also provide additional benefits to offset stress such as supplying food to thermally stressed corals, reducing stress due to ultraviolet radiation and/or low salinity, and delivering coral larvae from deeper reefs not impacted by surface thermal stress. Thus, the presence of internal bores might be an important factor locally in the resilience of select coral reefs facing increased thermal stress.

  7. Core level spectroscopy of neon- and water-clusters

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    We present high resolution K-shell absorption spectra of neon and water clusters from the monomer to the solid. Shifts in the pre edge absorption are discussed and first EXAFS data presented. For water clusters a photoelectron study supplements the results. (author)

  8. Hydration force fluctuations in hydrophilic planar systems.

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    Kandu?, Matej; Netz, Roland R

    2016-01-01

    Utilizing all-atom simulations with explicit solvent, the authors model hydrophilic surfaces interacting across water at a fixed chemical potential. They extract the hydration forces acting between the surfaces and assess force fluctuations as well as interlamellar water number fluctuations. The trends obtained from the simulations are captured by a continuum-based description with effective model parameters. The significance of fluctuations depends on surface hydrophilicity and rigidity. The authors show that the force fluctuations play an important role in kinetic processes in systems with lateral sizes smaller than several tens of nanometers. PMID:26746163

  9. Influence of Closing Storm Surge Barrier on Extreme Water Levels and Water Exchange; The Limfjord, Denmark

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    NØrgaard, JØrgen Quvang Harck; Bentzen, Thomas Ruby

    2014-01-01

    The Limfjord is the largest Danish estuary and is connected to both the North Sea in the west and the Kattegat in the east. The connection to the North Sea was formed in 1825 by a storm surge, and has since been kept open partly artificially. The debate about the climate changes and thereby the increased risk of flooding in the estuary has revitalized the discussion whether this connection should be closed. In this paper, it is shown by numerical simulation that the establishment of a storm surge barrier across Thyborøn Channel can significantly reduce the peak water levels in the central of the fjord. The reduction is obtained by blocking the ingoing flow with a sluice in due time before the storm surge peaks in the North Sea. In order to avoid problems with reduced water quality and salinity, the water exchange should be controlled by only keeping the sluice open for ingoing currents for the rest of days during the year. Depending on the effective cross-sectional area of the sluice, the depth-averaged salinity in the Limfjord remains status quo for cross-sectional areas of 500m2, whereas the salinity increases with up to 1.5 PSU for larger openings.

  10. Lowered tritium levels in river water indicate significant storage of water in a large catchment

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    Tritium in the runoff of the Tugela river, in Kwazulu-Natal province on the east coast of South Africa, was monitored for a three year period from 1970 to 1972. The catchment above the runoff sampling site (Mandini) is 29089 km2 in extent; the altitude ranges from sea level to 3000 masl, the mean annual rainfall ranges from 700 to 1500 mm and the mean annual runoff ranges between 6 to 49% of the rainfall (that is 46 to 724 mm). Rainfall was monitored at three sites representing a range of altitudes and distance from the coast. Tritium in the river water was considerably lower than that of rainfall of the inland stations. A model for tritium in rainfall was used describing the increasing tritium content inland. Using the data of a rainfall-runoff model that describes 74 sub-catchments (200 to 1200 km2 in size) by their characteristic rainfall and runoff, it is possible to calculate the contribution of each sub-catchment to the total runoff at the sampling station. Labelling the runoff of each sub-catchment with the tritium level of its rainfall, enables the calculation of a weighted mean tritium content of annual input for the entire catchment. For the hydrological years (Oct-Sept) 1971/2 and 1972/3 these are 38 and 30 TU respectively. The weighted (by monthly flow) mean tritium level of the river is 26.6 and 26.3 TU for the same years. This suggest a large source of low-tritium water contributing to the Tugela runoff for both these seasons. This is all the more remarkable since the sampling period was six years after the bomb peak of tritium in the southern hemisphere (e.g. Pretoria station 6826200). Any carry-over water in the river from a previous year should actually increase the tritium content in the river. The sparseness of available data (two seasons) does not allow a detailed analysis of the residence times of water in the system and more recent measurements are just not available. Interpretation models that can be used are: a binary model indicating 74% of present year rainfall and 26% of pre-1960 (3.5 TU) water; a simple exponential (mixed box) model where the mean residence time will have to be as large as 7 to 9 years in order to introduce sufficient pre-bomb water. The rapid flow response to rainfall in the catchment and the low base flow in the river suggests that there is little storage available. Nevertheless, both the simplistic models require storage of water of a magnitude of at least the mean annual rainfall in the catchment. This discrepancy needs resolution

  11. BWR [boiling water reactor] core criticality versus water level during an ATWS [anticipated transient without scram] event

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    The BWR [boiling water reactor] emergency procedures guidelines recommend management of core water level to reduce the power generated during an anticipated transient without scram (ATWS) event. BWR power level variation has traditionally been calculated in the system codes using a 1-D [one-dimensional] 2-group neutron kinetics model to determine criticality. This methodology used also for calculating criticality of the partially covered BWR cores has, however, never been validated against data. In this paper, the power level versus water level issues in an ATWS severe accident are introduced and the accuracy of the traditional methodology is investigated by comparing with measured data. It is found that the 1-D 2-group treatment is not adequate for accurate predictions of criticality and therefore the system power level for the water level variations that may be encountered in a prototypical ATWS severe accident. It is believed that the current predictions for power level may be too high

  12. Level of Water Awareness at Some Jordanian Universities Studentâ??s

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    Mohamad Said Damanhouri

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Problem statement: Jordan has been facing shortage in water sector during the last three decades due to natural and society factors, weakness of water awareness is one of these Society factors, so this study focused on the level of water awareness in fields of; water significant in life, water problem in Jordan, water conservation at part of Jordanian society. Approach: The study aimed to Investigate how some Jordanian Universities students behave to identify the level of water awareness in sectors of water, giving students positive attitudes towards water resources and conservation, uses and reduce consumption. Encourage students for voluntary collective actions as A hope to raising water awareness. The society sample study were represented by (320 Jordanian Universities students, take in consideration the following variables: Academic specialists, sex, University status and average monthly income per family. Data base for previous variables obtained by special questioner prepared for this study. Data run to statistical analysis through some simple Descriptive statistical approaches as (ANOVA. Results: The study showed that the level of water awareness towards water significant at a weak level, it reached to (57% of sample study towards water conservation. Students of scientific specializes have water awareness more than humanitarian specializes. There isnâ??t impact of University status and average monthly income on the level of water awareness. Conclusion/Recommendations: Most of study sample recognized with significant of water at life, they admit that Jordan faced water problem, but female were more than male at the level of water awarenes, also scientific specialists more than humanitarian specialties. Study recommends to enrich the curriculum of humanitarian sciences, with more topics looking for water and encourage personal activities and volunteers work to conserve water and rationalized it, also activation laws and legislation related with water.

  13. Study on pressurizer water level signal reconstruction based on support vector regression

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    Pressurizer water level is an important monitoring parameter to marine pressurized water reactor for operator to estimate operation transient of the reactor. However, pressurizer often takes on problems of false water level, over-range measurement of water level and the loss of measuring. A method based on support vector regression was used to reconstruct the pressurizer water level according to the coupling relationship between pressurizer water level and other thermal-hydraulic parameters, such as the average temperature between reactor core inlet and outlet, pressure and temperature of pressurizer, coolant inventory of main loop system, and charge and drainage flow. Simulation analysis shows that the method can quickly, accurately and efficiently reconstruct the pressurizer water level signal under normal operating conditions. (authors)

  14. Challenge to high-activity-level water treatment by adsorbents

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    There are over 280,000 tonnes of contaminated water in the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant site in various tanks and barges and a large amount of contaminated water is now producing at the rate of several tonnes/day owing to inevitable cooling of the reactor cores. SARRY (Simplified Active Water Retrieve and Recovery System) and ALPS (Advanced Liquid Processing System) are installed to remove Cs and multi-elements respectively utilizing ion exchangers (zeolite, crystalline silicon titanate, and metal ferrocyanides) from contaminated water. The author continues efforts to find effective and selective adsorbents for Cs and Sr by measuring partition data, adsorption isotherms and adsorption rate referring with chemical structure elucidated from X-ray diffraction and SEM techniques. The obtained data are presented. (S. Ohno)

  15. Investigation of natural radioactivity level of the waters in Shandong Province

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    The investigation results of neutral radioactivity level in river lake, reservoir, spring, well, offshore water and tap water in Shandong Province was reported. There were totally 245 samples collected from 102 measuring points. The results show that the radioactivity level of varied water bodies of the province was within normal natural background

  16. Coastal hazards projections on the U.S. West Coast using a dynamic water level modeling approach

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    Barnard, P.; Erikson, L. H.; Foxgrover, A. C.; O'Neill, A.

    2014-12-01

    Many studies of future coastal flooding vulnerability consider sea level rise and tides only, typically applying a bath-tub type approach that omits key physical-forcing factors that elevate flood levels during storm events such as waves, surge and fluvial discharge. Here we present a new modeling approach that considers all the relevant factors that contribute to elevated water levels for open coast and embayment settings along the U.S. West Coast during projected 21stcentury storms. The Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) is a numerical modeling system developed to predict coastal flooding due to both SLR and plausible 21st century storms for active-margin settings like the U.S. West Coast. CoSMoS applies a predominantly deterministic framework that encompasses large geographic scales (100s to 1000s of kilometers) yet models flood extents to a local resolution (2 m) so that storm related changes in water levels at the shore can be resolved. In the latest iteration of CoSMoS applied to San Francisco Bay, efforts were made to incorporate water level fluctuations in response to trapped coastal waves, low pressure systems, ocean swell energy penetrating through the Golden Gate, locally wind-generated waves, and backflow induced by river discharge. The end product is a web-based tool (www.prbo.org/ocof) where users can assess variations in flood extent, maximum flood depth, maximum current velocities and wave heights in response to a number of potential SLR and storm combinations, providing direct support for adaptation and management decisions. Future efforts in Southern California will feature a dynamic coastal DEM that evolves over decadal time scales to provide updated boundary conditions for future storm simulations.

  17. Comparisons of Water Quality and Biological Variables from Colorado River Shoreline Habitats in Grand Canyon, Arizona, under Steady and Fluctuating Discharges from Glen Canyon Dam

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    Ralston, Barbara E.; Lauretta, Matthew V.; Kennedy, Theodore A.

    2007-01-01

    Glen Canyon Dam operations are known to affect mainstem Colorado River temperature and shoreline habitats for native fish. Options for ameliorating the impacts that operations have on young native fish include changing release volumes and/or changing the daily range of releases. Long-term alterations of operations that may produce a measurable biological response can be costly, particularly if the treatment involves reduced power generation. In September and October 2005, a series of two-week releases occurred that alternated between daily fluctuations that varied by 76 m3 s-1 and steady releases. The purpose of these short-term experiments was to study the effect of daily operations on water quality parameters and biotic constituents (phytoplankton, macroinvertebrates, and fishes) of associated shoreline habitats. Our results indicate that measured biological and physical parameters were, in general, unaffected by flow treatments. However, results should be interpreted cautiously as time within and between treatments was likely insufficient to affect measured parameters. These results lead to the recommendation that studies like this may be more amenable to laboratory experiments first and then applied to a large-scale setting, preferably for longer duration.

  18. A new water level monitor system for nuclear reactor vessel during and after LOCAs

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    The water level in nuclear reactor vessel is an important parameter during and after LOCAs. It can not meet the nuclear safety specification to use the water level measured in the pressurizer to show the level in the vessel. It is difficult to monitor the water level in the vessel of NHR-200 nuclear heating reactor with present differential pressure transducers. A new level detector based on the heat transfer difference between water (or liquid) and steam (or gas) is developed and proven for use by experiments under the pressure 0.15-3.0 MPa. A new water level monitor system including a detector assembly that contains several detectors, a signal encoder and an intellectual processor, is designed. The analysis and experiments show that the new system is correct in principle, reliable in working properties and feasible in structure for monitoring the water level in the NHR-200 reactor

  19. Radioactivity levels in surface water of lakes around Izmir / Turkey

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    Radioactivity presents in surface continental waters is mainly due to the presence of radioactive elements in the earth's crust, other artificial radionuclides have appeared due to such human activities as nuclear power plants, nuclear weapons testing and manufacture and use of radioactive sources It is well known that natural radionuclides can be effective as tracers for the different processes controlling the distribution of elements among dissolved and particulate phases in aquatic systems. The detection of high radionuclide concentrations was proposed as a public health problem in several areas and consequently studies into the risks of radionuclides were started in the 2000s. Especially, these radioactive substances in groundwater are an unwanted and involuntary risk factor from natural sources, not artificial sources. These radioactive substances include uranium, radon found in uranium series, and other radioactive substances such as radium and gross alpha. Uranium present in rock, soil, and natural materials, and is found in small quantities in air, water, and food that people always contact. In this project, lake water samples were collected from three lakes around Izmir-Turkey. In surface lake water samples, pH, mV and conductivity values were measured and alkaline content was determined titrimetrically. The uranium concentrations in the lake water samples were measured using uranium analyzer. The radioactivity concentrations related to gross radium isotopes, gross-? and gross-? activities in the surface lake water were determined. The correlation among some parameters for water samples and concentrations of uranium, activity concentration of gross radium isotopes, gross alpha and gross beta radioactivity are also discussed

  20. Water Resources Data, Georgia, 2001, Volume 2: Continuous ground-water level data, and periodic surface-water- and ground-water-quality data, Calendar Year 2001

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    Coffin, Robert; Grams, Susan C.; Cressler, Alan M.; Leeth, David C.

    2001-01-01

    Water resources data for the 2001 water year for Georgia consists of records of stage, discharge, and water quality of streams; and the stage and contents of lakes and reservoirs published in two volumes in a digital format on a CD-ROM. Volume one of this report contains water resources data for Georgia collected during water year 2001, including: discharge records of 133 gaging stations; stage for 144 gaging stations; precipitation for 58 gaging stations; information for 19 lakes and reservoirs; continuous water-quality records for 17 stations; the annual peak stage and annual peak discharge for 76 crest-stage partial-record stations; and miscellaneous streamflow measurements at 27 stations, and miscellaneous water-quality data recorded by the NAWQA program in Georgia. Volume two of this report contains water resources data for Georgia collected during calendar year 2001, including continuous water-level records of 159 ground-water wells and periodic records at 138 water-quality stations. These data represent that part of the National Water Data System collected by the U.S. Geological Survey and cooperating State and Federal agencies in Georgia. Note: Historically, this report was published as a paper report. For the 1999 and subsequent water-year reports, the Water Resources Data for Georgia changed to a new, more informative and functional format on CD-ROM. The format is based on a geographic information system (GIS) user interface that allows the user to view map locations of the hydrologic monitoring stations and networks within respective river basins. To obtain a copy of the CD version of this report, you may call the U.S. Geological Survey office in Atlanta at (770) 903-9100, or send e-mail to request the publication. Please include your name and mailing address in your e-mail.

  1. Water Hardness Level and ItAND#8217;s Health Effects

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    Necmettin Kocak

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Water hardness is a term used to define the number of ions contained in the water, especially quantity sulphate, carbonate salts of calcium and magnesium. This characteristis of water is a important quality in it’s use as drinking water, industrial water and service water. The temporary hardness level of water cames from bicarbonate salts of calcium and magnesium whereas chloride, sulphate, nitrate, phosphate, silicate salts of calcium and magnesium. In order to indicate the hardness level of water samples French Hardness Level is used in our country. There is a larger amounth of calcium and magnesium salts in hard water samples. These minerals have very important functions in the human body. In this study, the importance of hard water in terms of human health has been assessed under light of current information. The studies about the preventive role of hard water in cardiovascular diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, stroke and many types of cancer areviewed. These studies Express that higher levels of calcium and magnesium hard water provide a higher reduction in these disease. Water, which must be consumed as 2 liters per dayis very important for human life. Hard water contains a lot of the minerals that must be taker daily, especially calcium and magnesium. It’s advised that water for consumption to have medium hardness. The hardness level of water is an aesthetic quality. Thus, in populations having a taste for soft water, the effort of individuals to softer the network water provided by municipalities using different equipments, in addition to their preference of soft water in plastic or glass bottles for consumption could imply lack of benefit of hard water for population health and also bring out some risks in terms of water hygiene. [TAF Prev Med Bull 2011; 10(2.000: 187-192

  2. Spontaneous emission of a two-level static atom coupling with the electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations outside a high-dimensional Einstein Gauss-Bonnet black hole

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    Zhang, Ming; Yue, Rui-Hong

    2014-01-01

    In present paper, by using the generalized DDC formalism, we investigate the spontaneous excitation of an static atom interacting with electromagnetic vacuum fluctuations outside a EGB black hole in $d$-dimensions. We find that spontaneous excitation does not occur in Boulware vacuum. The Gauss-Bonnet term has no effect on the stability of the atom. Finally, we discuss the contribution of the coupling constant and dimensional factor to the results in three different kinds of spacetime.

  3. Characterisation of Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae larval habitats at ground level and temporal fluctuations of larval abundance in Córdoba, Argentina

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    Marta Grech

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available The aims of this study were to characterise the ground-level larval habitats of the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus, to determine the relationships between habitat characteristics and larval abundance and to examine seasonal larval-stage variations in Córdoba city. Every two weeks for two years, 15 larval habitats (natural and artificial water bodies, including shallow wells, drains, retention ponds, canals and ditches were visited and sampled for larval mosquitoes. Data regarding the water depth, temperature and pH, permanence, the presence of aquatic vegetation and the density of collected mosquito larvae were recorded. Data on the average air temperatures and accumulated precipitation during the 15 days prior to each sampling date were also obtained. Cx. quinquefasciatus larvae were collected throughout the study period and were generally most abundant in the summer season. Generalised linear mixed models indicated the average air temperature and presence of dicotyledonous aquatic vegetation as variables that served as important predictors of larval densities. Additionally, permanent breeding sites supported high larval densities. In Córdoba city and possibly in other highly populated cities at the same latitude with the same environmental conditions, control programs should focus on permanent larval habitats with aquatic vegetation during the early spring, when the Cx. quinquefasciatus population begins to increase.

  4. Multiscale fluctuations in nuclear response

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    Lacroix, D.; Chomaz, Ph

    1999-01-01

    The nuclear collective response is investigated in the framework of a doorway picture in which the spreading width of the collective emotion is described as a coupling to more and more complex configurations. It is shown that this coupling induces fluctuations of the observed strength. In the case of a hierarchy of overlapping decay channels, Ericson fluctuations are observed at different scales. Methods for extracting these scales and the related lifetimes are discussed. Finally, it is shown that the coupling of different states at one level of complexity to some common decay channels at the next level, may produce interference-like patterns in the nuclear response. This quantum effect leads to anew type of fluctuations with a typical width related to the level spacing. (author) 25 refs.

  5. Multiscale fluctuations in nuclear response

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    The nuclear collective response is investigated in the framework of a doorway picture in which the spreading width of the collective emotion is described as a coupling to more and more complex configurations. It is shown that this coupling induces fluctuations of the observed strength. In the case of a hierarchy of overlapping decay channels, Ericson fluctuations are observed at different scales. Methods for extracting these scales and the related lifetimes are discussed. Finally, it is shown that the coupling of different states at one level of complexity to some common decay channels at the next level, may produce interference-like patterns in the nuclear response. This quantum effect leads to anew type of fluctuations with a typical width related to the level spacing. (author)

  6. Investigation of pond water levels during the 1972 waterfowl brooding season

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    US Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior — Water level management in the ponds of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is important in providing food and habitat for migrating waterfowl. Water flow measurements...

  7. Stochastic modeling of Lake Van water level time series with jumps and multiple trends

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    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available In the 1990s, water level in the closed-basin Lake Van located in the Eastern Anatolia, Turkey, has risen up about 2 m. Analysis of the hydrometeorological data shows that change in the water level is related to the water budget of the lake. In this study, stochastic models are proposed for simulating monthly water level data. Two models considering mono- and multiple-trend time series are developed. The models are derived after removal of trend and periodicity in the dataset. Trend observed in the lake water level time series is fitted by mono- and multiple-trend lines. In the so-called mono-trend model, the time series is treated as a whole under the hypothesis that the lake water level has an increasing trend. In the second model (so-called multiple-trend, the time series is divided into a number of segments to each a linear trend can be fitted separately. Application on the lake water level data shows that four segments, each fitted with a trend line, are meaningful. Both the mono- and multiple-trend models are used for simulation of synthetic lake water level time series under the hypothesis that the observed mono- and multiple-trend structure of the lake water level persist during the simulation period. The multiple-trend model is found better for planning the future infrastructural projects in surrounding areas of the lake as it generates higher maxima for the simulated lake water level.

  8. Treatment of low level waste water by reverse osmosis

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    A Study on the removal of certain radioactive elements Such as 141Ce, 51Cr 134Cu, 106Ru and 131I by Reverse Osmosis and the effect of surface activity agent on property of membrance are described in this paper. RO model is carried out to examine the treatment of actual reactor waste water and radioactive laundry waste water. The removal efficiency of total ? is 98%. Three preprocessing (cloth pocket filtrator, hivefiltrator and zone) and membrane cleaning methods (acid, ozone and spongeball) are also investigated

  9. Natural radiation level in drinking water in Homs city

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    In this study, radon concentrations were measured at the sources of drinking water and in some tap water in houses in Homs County. All measurements showed that concentrations are within the international allowed limits and there is no big difference in concentration between the sources and the houses. Also total alpha/beta and radium-226 content were measured in the samples of the sources and the houses using liquid scintillation counter. All measurements showed that concentrations are within the international allowed limits. (authors)

  10. Reactor noise at different water levels in the Dodewaard reactor

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    In June 1989 an experiment was performed during which the amount of water in the reactor vessel of the Dodewaard BWR (NL) was varied. The incentive of this experiment was multiVvrious: the amount of carry over (water droplets dragged into the steam line to the turbine) and the behaviour of the recirculation flow were topics of interest. This report documents the noise signals of neutron detectors and thermocouples, which were registered during the experiment. A complete understanding of the phenomena observed needs at least a thorough thermohydraulic analysis, which is performed by N.V. KEMA. (author). 3 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs

  11. Water-level changes in Lake Baikal, Siberia: tectonism versus climate

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    Colman, Steven M.

    1998-01-01

    Relative changes in the level of Lake Baikal, amounting to hundreds of meters in Quaternary time, are well documented. Data presented here show that tectonic displacements of the lake outlet or former shoreline features are entirely sufficient to explain these relative lake-level changes. In contrast, the morphology and hydrology of the lake make its level hydrologically insensitive to climate change. Available evidence indicates that, throughout the past several hundred thousand years, Lake Baikal was a dilute, through-flowing lake controlled by the level of its outlet. On the basis of geologic data alone, climatic effects on lake level, whatever their magnitude, are difficult to separate from those caused by active rift tectonism. However, considerations of (1) the hydrologic budget of the lake and (2) the configuration of the outlet suggests that potential lake-level fluctuations due solely to climate change were less than about 2m.

  12. Bath-tub vortex attenuation with the increase of in-vessel water level

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    During the study of a bath-tub vortex formed in water flowing out through the hole in a vessel's bottom, a methodology was developed that enables controlling the change of in-vessel water level by continuous replenishment. The controlled rate of replenishment enables not only compensating for the loss of drained water and maintaining it at a constant level, but also increasing such a level. Enhancement of water level at different times after the formation of the bath-tub vortex leads to the gradual extinction of the vortex until its complete disappearance when a certain critical level of water in the vessel is achieved. A bath-tub vortex shape with a decrease of in-vessel water level and increase differs significantly. (paper)

  13. Fuzzy Control of Water Level and Temperature in Fish Eggs Breeding Tank with Different Sensor Inputs

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    2013-01-01

    In this paper fuzzy logic principles are used to control the level and temperature of water in fish eggs breading tank. The control task aims to keep the water level and the water temperature in a tank within certain ranges, the temperature due to Newton’s law of cooling would drop down, and to keep it within limits, hot water is added, and cold water is drained. Sensors for temperature and level are used to give fuzzy input to the fuzzy controller which outputs the amount of opening in the t...

  14. Fluoride levels in drinking water in the Central Province of Saudi Arabia.

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    Aldosari Abdullah; Akpata Enosakhare; Khan N.; Wyne Amjad; Al-Meheithif A

    2003-01-01

    Background: This study was designed to assess the fluoride levels in drinking water in the Central Province of Saudi Arabia. Materials and Methods: A total of 817 water samples were collected from 260 locations in Central Saudi Arabia. An atomic absorption spectrophotometer [HACH instrument, model DR 3000] was used in the analyses of water samples for fluoride levels. Results: The results showed that fluoride levels vary between 0.00 and 6.20 ppm. About 75% and 6% of the populat...

  15. Large fluctuations of dissolved oxygen in the Indian and Pacific oceans during Dansgaard-Oeschger oscillations caused by variations of North Atlantic Deep Water subduction

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    Schmittner, A.; Galbraith, E.D.; Hostetler, S.W.; Pedersen, Thomas F.; Zhang, R.

    2007-01-01

    Paleoclimate records from glacial Indian and Pacific oceans sediments document millennial-scale fluctuations of subsurface dissolved oxygen levels and denitrification coherent with North Atlantic temperature oscillations. Yet the mechanism of this teleconnection between the remote ocean basins remains elusive. Here we present model simulations of the oxygen and nitrogen cycles that explain how changes in deepwater subduction in the North Atlantic can cause large and synchronous variations of oxygen minimum zones, throughout the Northern Hemisphere of the Indian and Pacific oceans, consistent with the paleoclimate records. Cold periods in the North Atlantic are associated with reduced nutrient delivery to the upper Indo-Pacific oceans, thereby decreasing productivity. Reduced export production diminishes subsurface respiration of organic matter leading to higher oxygen concentrations and less denitrification. This effect of reduced oxygen consumption dominates at low latitudes. At high latitudes in the Southern Ocean and North Pacific, increased mixed layer depths and steepening of isopycnals improve ocean ventilation and oxygen supply to the subsurface. Atmospheric teleconnections through changes in wind-driven ocean circulation modify this basin-scale pattern regionally. These results suggest that changes in the Atlantic Ocean circulation, similar to those projected by climate models to possibly occur in the centuries to come because of anthropogenic climate warming, can have large effects on marine ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles even in remote areas. Copyright 2007 by the American Geophysical Union.

  16. Flutuação anual e interanual da riqueza de espécies de desmídias (Chlorophyta – Conjugatophyceae em um lago de inundação amazônico de águas pretas (Lago Cutiuaú, Estado do Amazonas, Brasil = Annual and interannual fluctuation of desmids species in a black water Amazon floodplain lake (Lago Cutiuaú, Amazonas State, Brazil

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    Sergio Melo

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Nesta pesquisa foi avaliada a flutuação sazonal e interanual da riqueza específica de desmídias ao longo de diferentes períodos do ciclo hidrológico de 2002 a 2004, em um lago de inundação de águas pretas da bacia do rio Negro, no Estado do Amazonas. O lago estudadoapresentou marcada flutuação anual na profundidade da coluna d’água e elevados valores de temperatura ao longo de todo o estudo, enquanto os valores de pH e condutividade elétrica foram baixos. Foram identificadas 105 espécies de desmídias distribuídas nas famíliasClosteriaceae, Gonatozygaceae e Desmidiaceae. Destas, 23 constituem primeira citação para o Estado do Amazonas e se encontram ilustradas no presente estudo. O período de enchente foi o que apresentou maior riqueza de espécies, em oposição aos demais períodos, que apresentaramvalores similares. Em escala interanual, o ano de 2003 foi caracterizado por apresentar maior número de táxons. Os gêneros Staurastrum Meyen e Closterium Nitzch foram os que apresentaram maior número de espécies durante o estudo. A maioria das espécies registradas esteve presente em menos de 10% ou entre 10 e 30% das amostras analisadas, sendo consideradas raras ou esporádicas, respectivamente.In this study, the seasonal and interannual fluctuations of desmids species richness was investigated for three years in an Amazon black water floodplain lake in the Negro River basin, Amazon State. The studied environment showed a great annual fluctuation of water column depth and high temperature values with little seasonal fluctuations. In general, pH and electrical conductivity values were low. One hundred five desmids species were identified distributed among families Closteriaceae, Gonatozygaceae and Desmidiaceae. Twenty three species are new references to Amazon State and are illustrated in this study. A marked seasonal fluctuation of desmids species was registered in association with the inundation pulse. The increased water level was the period of more species richness; on the other hand, the others periods showed low and similar species number. An interannual fluctuation of desmids species number was also registered, with the highest number in 2003, especially in the increased water level. Staurastrum Meyen and Closterium Nitzch were the genera with the highest species numbers. Based on this occurrence, the majority of species registered was rare or sporadic, registered in less than 10% or between 10 and 30% of total analyzed sample, respectively.

  17. Environmental factors responsible for fluctuation phenomena. Difficulties in accepting these facts by scientific community

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    Our physico-chemical approach started already in early sixties by Piccardi is based on the sensitivity of water to low level of energy of physical factors excising and fluctuating in the environment. This approach could be at the origin of many unexplained solar-terrestrial relationships or fluctuating phenomena in biology, medicine, psychology and social sciences. Methodology and causality are still the major problems raised in the scientific community by the Piccardi effect. These problems can be solved only by the organization of interdisciplinary cooperation in the research and scientific investigation of environmental factors responsible for fluctuating phenomena in exact, natural and human sciences on an international scale. 9 refs

  18. Digitization and simulation realization of full range control system for steam generator water level

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    In this paper, a full range digital control system for the steam generator water level is designed by a control scheme of single element control and three-element cascade feed-forward control, and the method to use the software module configuration is proposed to realize the water level control strategy. This control strategy is then applied in the operation of the nuclear power simulation machine. The simulation result curves indicate that the steam generator water level maintains constant at the stable operation condition, and when the load changes, the water level changes but finally maintains the constant. (authors)

  19. Identification and simulation for steam generator water level based on Kalman Filter

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    In order to effectively control the water level of the steam generator (SG), this paper has set about the state-observer theory in modern control and put forward a method to detect the 'false water level' based on Kalman Filter. Kalman Filter is a efficient tool to estimate state-variable by measured value including noise. For heavy measurement noise of steam flow, constructing a 'false water level' observer by Kalman Filter could availably obtain state variable of 'false water level'. The simulation computing for the dynamics characteristic of nuclear SG water level process under several typically running power was implemented by employing the simulation model. The result shows that the simulation model accurately identifies the 'false water level' produced in the reverse thermal-dynamic effects of nuclear SG water level process. The simulation model can realize the precise analysis of dynamics characteristic for the nuclear SG water level process. It can provide a kind of new ideas for the 'false water level' detecting of SG. (authors)

  20. The Organochlorine Pesticides Residue Levels in Karun River Water

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    Behrooz Jannat; Abdolazim Behfar; Zahra Nazari; Mohammad Hassan Rabiee; Gholamreza Raeesi; Mohammad Reza Oveisi; Nafiseh Sadeghi

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    Background: The organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) are among the most commonly used in water streams around the world. Most of these contaminants are highly hydrophobic and persist in sediments of rivers and lakes. Studies have suggested that OCPs may affect the normal function of the human and wildlife endocrine systems.Objectives: The aim of this study is to determine the concentrations of selected organochlorine pesticides residues [OP'DDT, PP'DDT, alderin, dieldrin, heptachlor, (?,ß,?,?) HC...

  1. Principle of minimal work fluctuations

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    Xiao, Gaoyang; Gong, Jiangbin

    2015-08-01

    Understanding and manipulating work fluctuations in microscale and nanoscale systems are of both fundamental and practical interest. For example, in considering the Jarzynski equality =e-? ? F , a change in the fluctuations of e-? W may impact how rapidly the statistical average of e-? W converges towards the theoretical value e-? ? F, where W is the work, ? is the inverse temperature, and ? F is the free energy difference between two equilibrium states. Motivated by our previous study aiming at the suppression of work fluctuations, here we obtain a principle of minimal work fluctuations. In brief, adiabatic processes as treated in quantum and classical adiabatic theorems yield the minimal fluctuations in e-? W. In the quantum domain, if a system initially prepared at thermal equilibrium is subjected to a work protocol but isolated from a bath during the time evolution, then a quantum adiabatic process without energy level crossing (or an assisted adiabatic process reaching the same final states as in a conventional adiabatic process) yields the minimal fluctuations in e-? W, where W is the quantum work defined by two energy measurements at the beginning and at the end of the process. In the classical domain where the classical work protocol is realizable by an adiabatic process, then the classical adiabatic process also yields the minimal fluctuations in e-? W. Numerical experiments based on a Landau-Zener process confirm our theory in the quantum domain, and our theory in the classical domain explains our previous numerical findings regarding the suppression of classical work fluctuations [G. Y. Xiao and J. B. Gong, Phys. Rev. E 90, 052132 (2014), 10.1103/PhysRevE.90.052132].

  2. Signal Fluctuations in the Auger Surface Detector

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    We measured the Cerenkov signal fluctuations in the water tanks of the Pierre Auger Observatory. Two stations located near the center of the 32-tank Engineering Array separated by 11 m were used for the purpose. At this separation the stations sample nearly the same region of the air shower. Sources of the signal fluctuations are discussed.

  3. Elevated levels of radioactivity in water wells in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California

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    Levels of gross alpha particle radioactivity nearly three times the maximum contamination levels (MCL) have been detected for several years in well waters and related surface waters in Los Angeles and Orange Counties, California. A few elevated levels of uranium have also been recorded. The affected wells and related surface waters represent only a minor fraction of the water sampled and tested in this area. None of the excessive radioactivity is believed to persist in the municipal waters sold to the public, due to the customary blending of waters from several wells or sources which water purveyors practice. This papers is a preliminary survey of the occurrence, possible sources, fate, and implications of these elevated radioactivity levels

  4. Hydrology and water quality of Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin, with special emphasis on the effects of diversion and changes in water level on the water quality of a shallow terminal lake

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    Juckem, Paul F.; Robertson, Dale M.

    2013-01-01

    Shell Lake is a relatively shallow terminal lake (tributaries but no outlets) in northwestern Wisconsin that has experienced approximately 10 feet (ft) of water-level fluctuation over more than 70 years of record and extensive flooding of nearshore areas starting in the early 2000s. The City of Shell Lake (City) received a permit from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources in 2002 to divert water from the lake to a nearby river in order to lower water levels and reduce flooding. Previous studies suggested that water-level fluctuations were driven by long-term cycles in precipitation, evaporation, and runoff, although questions about the lake’s connection with the groundwater system remained. The permit required that the City evaluate assumptions about lake/groundwater interactions made in previous studies and evaluate the effects of the water diversion on water levels in Shell Lake and other nearby lakes. Therefore, a cooperative study between the City and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) was initiated to improve the understanding of the hydrogeology of the area and evaluate potential effects of the diversion on water levels in Shell Lake, the surrounding groundwater system, and nearby lakes. Concerns over deteriorating water quality in the lake, possibly associated with changes in water level, prompted an additional cooperative project between the City and the USGS to evaluate efeffects of changes in nutrient loading associated with changes in water levels on the water quality of Shell Lake. Numerical models were used to evaluate how the hydrology and water quality responded to diversion of water from the lake and historical changes in the watershed. The groundwater-flow model MODFLOW was used to simulate groundwater movement in the area around Shell Lake, including groundwater/surface-water interactions. Simulated results from the MODFLOW model indicate that groundwater flows generally northward in the area around Shell Lake, with flow locally converging toward the lake. Total groundwater inflow to Shell Lake is small (approximately 5 percent of the water budget) compared with water entering the lake from precipitation (83 percent) and surface-water runoff (13 percent). The MODFLOW model also was used to simulate average annual hydrologic conditions from 1949 to 2009, including effects of the removal of 3 billion gallons of water during 2003–5. The maximum decline in simulated average annual water levels for Shell Lake due to the diversion alone was 3.3 ft at the end of the diversion process in 2005. Model simulations also indicate that although water level continued to decline through 2009 in response to local weather patterns (local drought), the effects of the diversion decreased after the diversion ceased; that is, after 4 years of recovery (2006–9), drawdown attributable to the diversion alone decreased by about 0.6 ft because of increased groundwater inflow and decreased lake-water outflow to groundwater caused by the artificially lower lake level. A delayed response in drawdown of less than 0.5 ft was transmitted through the groundwater-flow system to upgradient lakes. This relatively small effect on upgradient lakes is attributed in part to extensive layers of shallow clay that limit lake/groundwater interaction in the area. Data collected in the lake indicated that Shell Lake is polymictic (characterized by frequent deep mixing) and that its productivity is limited by the amount of phosphorus in the lake. The lake was typically classified as oligotrophic-mesotrophic in June, mesotrophic in July, and mesotrophic-eutrophic in August. In polymictic lakes like Shell Lake, phosphorus released from the sediments is not trapped near the bottom of the lake but is intermittently released to the shallow water, resulting in deteriorating water quality as summer progresses. Because the productivity of Shell Lake is limited by phosphorus, the sources of phosphorus to the lake were quantified, and the response in water quality to changes in phosphorus inputs were evaluated by means of eutrophication mo

  5. Fluctuations of sea-water chemistry during Gargasian (Middle Aptian time. Data from trace-element content (Mg, Sr, Mn, Fe in hemipelagic carbonates from La Marcouline Quarry (Cassis, SE France

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    Full Text Available In the Lower Aptian historical stratotype area (Cassis-La Bédoule, SE France, a geochemical study of the Gargasian (Middle Aptian marl-limestone alternations of the La Marcouline quarry complements data already obtained from Bedoulian (Early Aptian sediments there. Nannoconids are the main carbonate producers in both limestones and marls. Although diagenetic minerals, such as ankerite (2.5% are present in small amounts, the trace-element content of bulk carbonate is very close to that of Nannoconus spp. so geochemical sequences can be defined. The long-term evolution of trace-element content was not affected by diagenetic processes, variations in carbonate mineralogy, or a change of carbonate producers. An increase of around 500 ppm in the strontium content of bulk carbonate occurs between the base of the Cabri zone (late Bedoulian and the Algerianus zone (late Gargasian. This evolution is linked to fluctuations in seawater Sr/Ca ratios caused by variability in the influx of hydrothermal and river waters, by changes in the ratio of aragonite/calcite production and by shifts in sea level. The eustatic sequence Aptian 4, its parasequences and its key surfaces (sequence boundaries, maximum flooding surface are clearly reflected in the evolution of the bulk-carbonate contents of manganese.

  6. Water mass change in the Amazon basin estimated by multi-temporal SAR data, GRACE gravimetry and water level observations

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    Spiridonova, S.; Seitz, F.; Hedman, K.; Meyer, F.

    2012-04-01

    The 2007 IPCC assessment report identified the land hydrology as one of the most uncertain components of the global water cycle. Variations of continental water masses occur in several compartments (e.g. surface and soil water, snow/ice, and groundwater). Mass variations and related changes of surface water exten-sions are being observed by contemporary space and in-situ observation systems such as GRACE gravim-etry, altimetry, optical/infrared sensors, SAR/InSAR, and in-situ river gauges. In this session we will present a regional multi-sensor study in the Amazon basin. The study focuses on the quantification of variations of water mass and water surface extent caused by extreme flood and drought situations that were frequent during the last decade. PALSAR data of two extreme events was selected; once when the Amazon River was flooded (March/April 2009) and once when the region suffered from a se-vere drought (October/November 2009). The advantage of using PALSAR is that it operates in L-Band and has the possibility to penetrate through the vegetation which is essential in the Amazon basin with its dense vegetation. Time series of water level variations were obtained from two in-situ gauges at Manacapuru and Obidos as well as from Envisat satellite altimetry. Total water storage change in the whole region was given by GRACE gravimetry. First, the variation of water mass is computed numerically using GRACE. Second the water level variations obtained from the two river gauges are analyzed with respect to observation of Envisat. Third the surface water extent is estimated by extracting water masks from PALSAR image data. The water mass change is obtained by intersecting the water masks with a medium resolution digital elevation model (SRTM). More specifically, water heights along the boundary of the river body were extracted from the DEM and processed for error reduction. Then, pixel heights within the river contour were interpolated with a Delaunay triangula-tion. Multiplying the differences in heights between high and low water periods by the area of the DEM reso-lution cell and summing them up over the river area provided an estimate of the total volume change. In the end, the presentation will give an assessment of the spatio-temporal consistency of the different ob-servation systems by comparing the spatial patterns of water variability in the data sets with respect to their temporal development and existing phase lags. Based on the level of consistency we will provide an outlook on the applicability of measurements of water levels and surface water extent for an independent assess-ment of water mass variations.

  7. Design and Implementation of a Water Level Controller using Fuzzy Logic

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    Namrata Dey

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available This paper analyzes the effectiveness of water level control using fuzzy logic. The water level in the tank is sensed using transistor switching principle. The level sensed is fed to the PIC16 microcontroller. The user provides the set point to the microcontroller through serial communication using the COM development port software, Terminal. It computes the error as the difference between the set point and the process variable. The fuzzy logic programmed in the microcontroller is applied which controls the water level in the tank using the drain and the feed pumps. Once the set point has been reached, the message along with the present level is sent back through serial communication to the user interface on a PC. Thus, the water level in the tank is controlled according to the set point given by the user. The implementation of a fuzzy level controller has many applications such as boiler drum level control, reverse osmosis plant, demineralisation plant etc.

  8. The level of environmental noise affects the physiological performance of Glycine max under water deficit

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    Suzana Chiari, Bertolli; Gustavo M., Souza.

    Full Text Available Plants in natural environments are subjected to a multitude of environmental cues. However, studies addressing physiological analyzes are usually focused on the isolation of a stress factor, making it difficult to understand plants behavior in their extremely complex natural environments. Herein, we [...] analyzed how environmental variability (noise) may influence physiological processes of Glycine max under water deficit conditions. The plants were kept in a greenhouse (semi-controlled environment - E SC) and in a growth chamber (controlled environment - E C) under two water regime conditions (100 and 30% of replacement of the water lost by evapotranspiration) for 30 days. The environmental variability was daily monitored with automatic sensors to record temperature, humidity, and irradiance. The physiological responses were analyzed by leaf gas exchanges, chlorophyll fluorescence, biomembrane integrity, and growth parameters. The results showed that water deficiency caused significant reductions in the physiological parameters evaluated. However, the environment with high variability (E SC) caused more extensive damages to biomembranes, regardless the water regime likely compromising physiological efficiency. The lower variability of E C promoted higher efficiency of total biomass production in both water regimes compared to the E SC. Therefore, our results support the hypothesis that more variable environmental conditions can limit the growth of Glycine max in response to the fluctuation of resources, therefore amplifying the effect of water deficit.

  9. Human Impacts on Tides Overwhelm the Effect of Sea Level Risee on Extreme Water Levels in the Rhine-Meuse Delta

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    Hoitink, T.; Vellinga, N.; Hoekstra, P.; Van Der Vegt, M.; Zhang, W.

    2014-12-01

    Mean sea level rise receives ample attention in the literature. However, peak water levels, which are most important for flood vulnerability and salinity intrusion in tidal river networks, may not be linearly related with mean surface levels. To quantify tidal and subtidal water level changes and to link these changes to human intervention, 70 years of water level data for the Rhine-Meuse tidal river network is analysed using a variety of statistical methods. Using a novel parameterization of probability density functions, mean high and low water levels are examined, and extreme water levels are investigated by applying the combined Mann-Kendall and Pettitt tests to find trends and trend changes. Tidal water levels are studied based on harmonic analysis. Results show that the mean water levels throughout the system rise with the same pace as the mean sea level. However, high and low water levels do not show the same increase, and the spatial variability in decadal trends in high- and low water levels is high. High water and low water extremes generally decrease. Both the extreme water level analysis and the harmonic analysis display significant trend breaks in 1970, 1981 and 1997. These breaks can be attributed to the closure of the Haringvliet estuary, the removal of sluices and the removal of a dam, respectively, which radically alter the tidal motion. These results demonstrate that the direct human influence on the tidal motion can overwhelm the effect of mean sea level rise on water level extremes.

  10. The effect of water level on the behavior of the Dodewaard natural-circulation BWR

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    The influence of water level on free surface steam separation was investigated in the Dodewaard power plant, a BWR with natural circulation. The measurement results indicate qualitatively that the entrainment ratio and the carry-under decrease with increasing water level. The thermal power, recirculation flow, driving head and subcooling consequently increase. The response of the driving head to changes in water level is not linear. The froth level has been located for various combinations of thermal power and collapsed level. An average froth void fraction and an average steam leaving velocity is estimated from these data. (author)

  11. A semi-classical approach of the relationship between simple cells' size and their living temperature limits based on number fluctuations of water coherence domains

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    Starting from the concepts of the quantum electrodynamics (QED) theory of coherence domains (CD) in water we propose a model aimed to evaluate the relationship between the size and the living temperature limits for simple, small cells. Cells are described as spherical potential wells with impenetrable walls, with CDs moving inside. The radius of the spherical potential well was estimated for physiological temperatures and the results match to bacteria and yeasts cells' size. As a CD in the spherical cell exerts a force upon the membrane, a 'gas' formed by CDs bears a pressure on the walls. A classical statistical stability condition relates this pressure to cell volume and to the relative fluctuations of the CD number, allowing the evaluation of an upper temperature limit as a function of cellular volume. Assuming further that the CDs in the living cell form together a coherent state, the number-phase incertitude relationship (Heisenberg limit) applies. The maximum coherence between CDs is found in the ground state, a picture consistent also to Fröhlich's postulate. For a given phase dispersion, a lower temperature limit as a function of the cell volume is found. Although we neglected the rod-like shape of certain bacteria and the presence of nucleus in yeasts, the biological data of volume and optimal living temperature intervals fit well to our model's predictions. Moreover the larger the cell volume, the higher are the number of CDs and the coherence of their system. In addition we suggest a new classification criterion for small cells based on model's parameters, which show discontinuities between Gram negative and positive microorganisms as well as between prokaryotes and the smallest eukaryotes.

  12. Bridge over Troubled Waters: Training for Department Level Supervisors.

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    Cook, Gillian E.; Skipper, Barbara L.

    A clinical supervision training program has provided department level coordinators with support in their role as a bridge between administrators and teachers in six high schools and nine middle schools in a San Antonio, Texas, school district. This paper identifies major characteristics of the training program's model, describes the program, and…

  13. DRNN based control for water level of saturated steam generator

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    The neural network has strong self-learning and self-adapting abilities. Presented in this paper is a diagonal recurrent neural network-based control system that is applied to quick and stable identification and self-adaptive level control of the saturated steam generator. the simulation results demonstrate that the developed control system is with good control performances. (authors)