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Multiscale land use impacts on water quality: Assessment, planning, and future perspectives in Brazil

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Author(s):
de Mello, Kaline [1] ; Taniwaki, Ricardo Hideo [2] ; de Paula, Felipe Rossetti [3] ; Valente, Roberta Averna [4] ; Randhir, Timothy O. [5] ; Macedo, Diego Rodrigues [6] ; Leal, Cecilia Gontijo [3] ; Rodrigues, Carolina Bozetti [7] ; Hughes, Robert M. [8, 9]
Total Authors: 9
Affiliation:
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Inst Biosci, Dept Ecol, R Matao 321, Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[2] Fed Univ ABC, Engn Modelling & Appl Social Sci Ctr, Av Estados 5001, Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Sao Paulo, Luiz de Queiroz Coll Agr, Dept Forest Sci, R Padua Dias 11, Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
[4] Univ Fed Sao Carlos, Dept Environm Sci, Sorocaba Campus, Rodovia Joao Leme dos Santos, Sorocaba, SP - Brazil
[5] Univ Massachusetts, Dept Environm Conservat, 160 Holdsworth Way, Holdsworth Hall, Amherst, MA 01003 - USA
[6] Univ Fed Minas Gerais, Inst Geosci, Dept Geog, Av Antonio Carlos 6627, BR-31270901 Belo Horizonte, MG - Brazil
[7] Prat Socioambiental, Rua Capitao Alberto Aguiar Weissohn 337, Guararema, SP - Brazil
[8] Oregon State Univ, Dept Fisheries & Wildlife, 104 Nash Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331 - USA
[9] Oregon State Univ, Amnis Opes Inst, 104 Nash Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331 - USA
Total Affiliations: 9
Document type: Review article
Source: Journal of Environmental Management; v. 270, SEP 15 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0
Abstract

Brazil contains the largest volume of freshwater of any nation in the world; however, this essential natural resource is threatened by rapid increases in water consumption and water quality degradation, mainly as a result of anthropogenic pressures. Declining water quality has become an increasingly more significant global concern as economic activities and human populations expand and climate change markedly alters hydrological cycles. Changes in land-use/land-cover (LULC) pattern have been recognized as a major driver of water quality degradation, however different LULC types and intensities affect water quality in different ways. In addition, the relationships between LULC and water quality may differ for different spatial and temporal scales. The increase in deforestation, agricultural expansion, and urban sprawl in Brazil highlights the need for water quality protection to ensure immediate human needs and to maintain the quality of water supplies in the long-term. Thus, this manuscript provides an overview of the relationships between LULC and water quality in Brazil, aiming at understanding the effects of different LULC types on water quality, how spatial and temporal scales contribute to these effects, and how such knowledge can improve watershed management and future projections. In general, agriculture and urban areas are the main LULCs responsible for water quality degradation in Brazil. However, although representing a small percentage of the territory, mining has a high impact on water quality. Water quality variables respond differently at different spatial scales, so spatial extent is an important aspect to be considered in studies and management. LULC impacts on water quality also vary seasonally and lag effects mean they take time to occur. Forest restoration can improve water quality and multicriteria evaluation has been applied to identify priority areas for forest restoration and conservation aiming at protecting water quality, but both need further exploration. Watershed modelling has been applied to simulate future impacts of LULC change on water quality, but data availability must be improved to increase the number, locations and duration of studies. Because of the international nature of watersheds and the consistent relationships between land use and water quality in Brazil, we believe our results will also aid water management in other countries. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 17/02455-6 - Denitrification and greenhouse gas emissions in riparian forests and small tropical streams
Grantee:Ricardo Hideo Taniwaki
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 14/19093-1 - Water quality modeling for tropical agricultural watersheds
Grantee:Kaline de Mello
Support type: Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/12341-0 - Ecological functions of secondary forests and its role on stream conservation in agricultural landscapes of the Brazilian Amazon
Grantee:Felipe Rossetti de Paula
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/24028-2 - Elaboration of a priority areas map for Legal Reserve compensation in the State of São Paulo and development of an automated tool prototype to query geo-referenced information
Grantee:Kaline de Mello
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 17/25383-0 - A large-scale assessment of anthropogenic threats to aquatic biodiversity across the Amazon
Grantee:Cecília Gontijo Leal
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Post-Doctorate
FAPESP's process: 18/21612-8 - Decision-making process structuring, aiming at the prioritization of the area for Payment for Ecosystem Services Hydric
Grantee:Roberta Averna Valente B Tolini
Support type: Regular Research Grants