Saint Louis University

Water Quality Under Climate and Land Use Changes

Faculty: Dr. Abuduwasiti Wulamu

This research addresses water quality concerns by developing models and products of land-cover and land-use change (LCLUC) and future climate scenarios. To that end, the work integrates remote sensing, Land Change Modeler (LCM) and Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) with future climate change scenarios within Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Specific objectives include: 1) understand past, current and future LCLUC trajectories using remote sensing and land change modeler, and create the future LCLUC scenario maps; 2) quantify the coupled impact of LCLUC and the climate change, LCLUC on volume and rate of runoff, and water quality variables (e.g., total suspended sediments); 3) identify the most contributing factors of surface water pollution; and 4) propose sustainable urban development and water management suggestions.


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