Environmental Analysis

Environmental Analysis

  • Aidan Farrow asked a question:
    How can I run GEOS-Chem for 1990 using GEOS-4 data and 2010 using GEOS-5 data so that the output is comparable?

    I am running a long time series simulation with GEOS-Chem starting in 1986 and running to the present day. How can I make the simulations directly comparable when some years are forced with GEOS-4, GEOS-5 and current GEOS data? It seems like there is a step change in the emissions input data between GEOS-4 and GEOS-5 (See attached image of global mean NOx from 1986-2010).

  • Vikas Kamal added an answer:
    How can I plot the wilcox diagram in SAR groundwater quality?
    How can I plot the wilcox diagram in SAR groundwater quality? Can I use AquaChem or other else that free program? How much it hard to be used? Thank you very much.
    Vikas Kamal · Jawaharlal Nehru University

    Thanks a lot............Khairy sir.

  • Dr. Pragya Rathore added an answer:
    Is there any recent updated method for the most probable number for nitrifier and denitrifier population?

    Rowe et al. 1977 shows that the use of microtiter plates is more useful, efficient in terms of time and space, for measuring nitrifier population, however I have only seen they use it for nitrifiers, and is not constantly used for denitrifiers. 

    I am doing this and the old one for denitrifiers. Is it a good idea to compare an old and updated version of the same technique to obtain the same results? The old version is the one developed by Alexander and Clark (1965).

    If it is not, is there a way to prepare the medium for MPN using microtiter plates, for denitrifier population? 

    Please, any advice?! 



    Dr. Pragya Rathore · Sanghvi Institute of Management & Science

    Can anyone please provide me protocol for PHB polymerization??

  • Diego Alarcón added an answer:
    How are protected areas are affected by climate change?
    Protected Areas (PAs) play an important role in the conservation process of the biodiversity in their natural habitat. My question is "is there any threat to the protected areas from the emerging global warming and climate change? If yes, how and what should be the strategy to safeguard these PAs?
    Diego Alarcón · University of Concepción

    Even though late, I suggest the following papers you should not miss according to your question:





  • Luc LR Int Panis added an answer:
    Any suggestions on a Monte Carlo simulation and effect on the output variable of input variables with increasing uncertainty?

    I am designing a strategy to assess a mechanistic model I have been working on lately, and intend to use Monte Carlo Simulation. My point is whether it is relevant to ask the question: Will the increase in uncertainty of a given input variable cause the uncertainty of the output variable to increase as well? In other words, how is the output variable affected with an increased chance that one (or more) of the input variables is inappropriately sampled? 

    Another question that arrives from the previous one is: If the output variable from the model turned out to be very sensitive to one (or more) input variables, will it also be as sensitive to changing uncertainty levels of such input variables?

    To me it seems that the most obvious answer to this second question is 'yes'. However, the non-linear model is quite complex, so I wonder whether or not there is any reason to expect the opposite outcome.

    Thank you!


    Luc LR Int Panis · Flemish Institute for Technological Research

    An interesting problem. Collecting the uncertainty ranges (CI, ...) is a problem in itself given that for many of the parameters involved even finding an estimate of the mean can be difficult. We have only used linear approaches and found that most of the uncertainty on the output depends on a very limited number of input parameters, either because they are intrinsically important in the formula or very uncertain or both.

  • Gianmarco Alberti added an answer:
    Is there any tool that can generate raster longitude and latitude in Arcgis?
    This research is wonderful, congratulations. My question is, is there any tool that can generate raster longitude and latitude in Arcgis?
    Gianmarco Alberti · University of Malta

    I had the same problem. The procedure described here did not work for me, maybe for the limitations of dealing with a very huge number of resulting vector point after the first step.

    I managed to get what I was after using another approach. Hope this will be useful sometime in the future to anyone jumping here:

    (1) I loaded a DEM and a shape file corresponding to the same area;

    (2) I created a fishnet (with the ArcGIS tool) with size 500mX500m, making sure to tick the 'create labels';

    (3) I added x and y values to each generated point;

    (4) interpolated the x values by IDW, snapping the resulting raster to the DEM, and using the same processing extent of the region's shapefile. Same applies for y.


    Hope this helps

  • Alan Hesse added an answer:
    Does anyone have anything on ecological impact as a result of land use interventions in private lands?

    I am specifically interested in documenting evidence of the effects of riparian restoration and protection on fauna and / or vegetation community recovery, and also on water quality. Target area is tropical Andes, but data from other regions and biomes would also be great.

    Alan Hesse · Rare Conservation

    Thank you Kristan.

  • Jose Antonio Rodriguez Martin added an answer:
    How is environmental tax calculated for different countries?

    I want to analyze the methodology of calculation in different countries. Please share a link. Thank you

    Jose Antonio Rodriguez Martin · Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria

    it's complicated


  • Michelle Fernandes added an answer:
    Would anyone help me calculate percentage supersaturation of methane in surface waters?

    Is there a straight-forward formula?

    Michelle Fernandes · CSIR-National Institute of Oceanography, Goa

    Dear Robert,

    Thank you so much for the detailed reply. This question is raised on behalf of a PhD student working within our group and your answer was very helpful. Thank you once again.

  • Magnus Schlösser added an answer:
    Does anyone have experience with electrochemical preconcentration of tritium in water?

    I would like to preconcentrate tritium in water samples in a electrochemical cell to improve MDA.

    Magnus Schlösser · Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    Have looked at this article?


  • Remi Sonier added an answer:
    How can I create an annual trend for chlorophyll a concentration for a coastal location, if availability of data is as stated below?

    1. Chlorophyll a concentration at three sampling points of a study coastal location. (The distance between sampling locations from coast varies between 10 - 25 km).

    2. Chlorophyll a concentration taken on one day of different months in a year but one season.

    (For instance, for year 2002 taken on 12-3-2002 and for year 2003 taken on 14-2-2003)

    3. Chlorophyll a measured at 3 depth levels.

    If data availability is in above mentioned manner, can we prepare annual time series for the study location? how?

    Remi Sonier · Fisheries and Oceans Canada

    Hi Nitish,

    Chlorophyll a in coastal waters is verry variable in time (and often from day to day , or tide to tide). Your sampling interval is, in my own opinion, rather limited. For instance, in my case for a small estuary for one year sampling during ice-free months, the minimum sampling protocol was 7 sampling stations, sampled bi-weekly, in triplicatas, for 7 months and we size fractionned as well.

    Basically I think one season each year is probably not sufficiant to have good statistical confidence in the data.



  • Muhammad Ali added an answer:
    How to calculate "Air temperature" from "land surface temperature"?
    Air temperature from LST (day and night).
    Muhammad Ali · Forschungszentrum Jülich

    Hi Sally,

    Did you get any solution to your query? Any updates on the topic please??

  • Ibsen Chivatá Cárdenas added an answer:
    Would you like to propose any mechanism to improve the quality of an EIA study and to increase the usefulness of an EIA report?
    The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is a valuation of the possible impacts that a proposed project may have on the environment. The study should be focused towards “sustainable development” while having a minimum damage to the environment. This study is done for an assessment of all elements in the environments under physical, biological and social spheres and also comprises an extended cost benefit analyses. The experts involved in this study should work together as a team rather than work as individuals. The resulting EIA report is a valuable document for decision makers, which is used to decide whether or not to proceed with the proposed project. However, many EIA studies are not conducted scientifically and resulting reports are poor in quality, lack of required information; hence decisions makers often face difficulties when they arriving a decision. Would you like to propose any mechanism to improve the quality of an EIA study and to increase the usefulness of an EIA report?
    Ibsen Chivatá Cárdenas · Universiteit Twente

    The following review have addressed some aspects of your question: Coping with uncertainty in environmental impact assessments. A multi-field synthesis of literature.

  • Salvatore Chiavarini added an answer:
    Can I use a known concentration of BTEX inside a bottle of 0.5 liter to calibrate SPME or I do need a continuous and constant concentration?

    I am planning to make different SPME passive sampler and calibrate them before using in indoor environments. To do so, first I need constant and known concentration of BTEX. I can easily do that by spiking known mass of BTEX inside a glass bottle of 0.5 l volume. However, I am not sure about consistency of BTEX concentrations over experiment period of possibly 2 or more hours while deploying 5 SPME inside the bottle.

    Salvatore Chiavarini · ENEA

    @Peter, @Jean-François,

    my point is that the SPME fiber depletes the headspace, not the entire solution. The low temperature (high viscosity) and lack of agitation (slow mass transfer rate) are key for this. The SPME does not sample a constant concentration atmosphere, which is what is needed by Sadegh for an ambient sampling - therefore my suggestion: bigger volumes or flow conditions (both for calibration and sampling!!)

    Anyway, SPME is not ideal for quantitative enironmental evaluations

  • M. Balakrishnan added an answer:
    What are the ecological dimensions of land conflict?

    Land conflict effects land use (and deforestation in Brazil).  Can anyone give me good examples of places where contention between groups (e.g., mechanized interests and subsistence farmers) is leading to loss of native wildlands (forests, savannas, etc.).  I wish to generalize my research to a broader, possibly global, perspective.

    M. Balakrishnan · Addis Ababa University

    There are several examples from the African continents, some of these are well studied also.

  • Orlando A. Aguilar added an answer:
    What is the relationship between XCO2 observed by GOSAT and CO2 flux measured using static chamber method?

    Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) and Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON) monitor the dry-air column-averaged mole fractions of atmospheric CO2 (XCO2). What is the difference between this data and the greenhouse gas flux using static chamber method? Is there any relationship or conversion between them?

    Orlando A. Aguilar · Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá

    I can not talk about the Greenhouse Gases Observing SATellite (GOSAT) or about Total Carbon Column Observing Network (TCCON); but I can securely say that the static flux chambers estimate the emission flux coming from the soil due to several mechanisms, among them, microbial activity. In addition, I can say that the greenhouse gas fluxes measured using static flux chambers are temporal and spatial dependent. Fluxes are highly impacted by the soil moisture and organic matter content, therefore, highly variable even between soil spots separated just few meters. Hope, based on this information, you might reach your own conclusions about your question.
    Find more information in: Aguilar et al. Nitrous Oxide Fluxes from a Commercial Beef Cattle Feedlot in Kansas. Air, Soil and Water Research 2014:7 35–45 doi:10.4137/ASWR.S12841.

  • Gustavo Concari added an answer:
    Does scenarios planning help in strategic risk management?

    Organizational risk identification and assessment of probable impact is essential to workout suitable responses for enterprise risk management. In addition to business environment analysis, scenarios are part of strategic planning process. The question is about its usefulness in strategic risk management, particularly in uncertain business environment.

    Gustavo Concari · Universidad Católica del Uruguay Dámaso Antonio Larrañaga

    Dear Mr. Dattagupta:

                                     Scenario planning is useful for creating new ideas. It was born when the oil crisis in 1973,  during one of the israeli-arab wars. It is very useful for thinking "what may happen if". Shell made scenarios in which arab countries belonging to OPEC would use their bargaining power against petroleum companies. What happened was very similar, although in the context of a war.

                                     The other important example I know was the decision ot the norwegian government to drill/construct an oil platform in the North Atlantic when the URSS existed. They made scenarios in which this country would open itself to western economies, as it eventually did during Gorbachov´s rule.

                                     I would suggest to read these authors: Kees Van der Heijden, Peter Schwartz ("The Art of the Long View", recommended) and articles by Arie de Geus.

                                     To be short, I understand it helps a lot to avoid risks in companies. 


    Gustavo Concari

  • Dayang Xuan added an answer:
    Subsidence modelling
    Which software is the best for coal mining modelling?
    Dayang Xuan · China University of Mining Technology

    You can consider using UDEC.

  • Paul Masselink added an answer:
    Over what time scale can we expect to store carbon through irrigation and photosynthesis in arid land?

    I strongly think and hope very large scale desalination of sea water to irrigate arid zone is the second way to fight against global warming and its consequences as rise in sea level and accelerated desertification of arid.
    Of course, the first is the sustainable behavior; desalination might be performed and funded by ecological means.
    In a previous discussion :
    Pr K. M.Towe said :"There is no way for "photosynthesis" to "pay" for it's subsequent LONG TERM microorganisms aerobic recycling". I must specify : recycling humans, animals and plants carbon. I wonder how is it possible reforestation would not have any significant effect on carbon footprint and over what time period photosynthesis is much greater than the aerobic respiration of microorganisms.
    If respiration of microorganisms always prevailed over that of plants, a long time ago we would have no more oxygen. Do the rainforests have a negative balance sheet of oxygen/carbon?

    At a rate of two dollars per cubic meter of desalinated water, what would be carbon foot print over several years of a cubic meters of desalted water in arid and sunny area? That is the question?

    Paul Masselink · Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
    • find ways to grow plants without additional water, like they did  positive results are guaranteed and proven 

    Final Report of Groasis Waterboxx experiments in Galapagos by Charles Darwin Foundation

    A Summary of the Treesolution with the Groasis Technology

  • Sarah Ali added an answer:
    Is the Lutron 4 in 1 Environment Meter (Airflow, Temp, Light, Humidity) LM8000 effective for assessing microclimatic impacts of urban tree cover?

    Does anyone have experience using it for such similar studies?

    Is the device sufficient to carry out the work?

    Sarah Ali · Indian Institute of Forest Management

    Thank you for your inputs, Megan Foley

  • Uwe Alexander Schneider added an answer:
    Does anyone know the specific and best characteristics of water to develop assays with Daphnia magna?
    I need to develop some experiments with D. magna and I need to know the properties that should have the water according to official guidelines. In the OCDE TG I did not find much information.
    Uwe Alexander Schneider

    You can also check out the guidance manuals published by Environment Canada on toxicity testing for various organisms, including D. magna:

    Environment Canada Guidance Documents, Environmental Protection Series; published by Environmental Protection Service
    (available at http://publications.gc.ca/...., ; or

    e.g., Biological Test Method: Acute Lethality Test Using Daphnia spp. - EPS1/RM/11; 1990/1996

    Also, it is good if you can define/identify your test organism in more detail (i.e., DNA fingerprinting).  D. magna is likely also a "Cryptic Species Group" similar to Hyallela azteca, i.e., there are more than 80 different clades/species classified as H. azteca, with different sensitivities to toxic substances, esp. metals.  See the attached papers.

    D. magna has different sensitivities to metals, depending on the origin of the organism, and prior exposure.

  • Bernabé Moreno added an answer:
    According to the Draftsman-plot: How exactly do I know if I have to transform my environmental data (prior to normalization and PCA)?

    I've attached the Draftsman-plot that I've obtained.
    I'm using 04 variables: Temperature, Dissolved oxygen, Current speed and Depth ('Profundidad' in the attached figure).
    I see no necessity of transforming it, but I just want to be sure if I'm correct or not.
    Thanks and cheers 

    Bernabé Moreno · Universidad Científica del Sur

    Thank you very much Aimeric. Helpful indeed! Now I'm sure how to proceed.

  • Bernabé Moreno added an answer:
    Should I normalise every environmental variable on my data-matrix?

    I'm using 04 variables (Water temperature, Dissolved oxygen, Depht & Current speed). All of these were measured at 20m deep.
    Before attempting to do a Principal Component Analysis I should normalise the data. When I do this in PRIMER, the normalised numbers of speed and depth seem to take weird values, but generates better graphics. Should I be concerned about these values?
    I have attached both output graphics. The 1st is the normalised one, the 2nd is not.
    Thanks a lot for the help! 

    Bernabé Moreno · Universidad Científica del Sur

    Thank you Peyman & Ummer for your answers.
    I have proceeded with the normalization of the data-set. The output graphics turn out to be more explicative. Thanks again.

  • Urs Baier added an answer:
    How is the concentration of SO4 effects the anaerobic digestion of paper mill wastewater?

    I am working on recycled paper mill effluent treatment using anaerobic baffled reactor. I would really appreciate if share with me what's the relationship between the SO4 concentration and anaerobic digestion. I haven't test it and was focusing on other parameters in my work. Is that ok or what?

    Urs Baier · Zurich University of Applied Sciences

    almost sure if the pulping process is a sulfate or sulfite type.

  • Jose Antonio Rodriguez Martin added an answer:
    Can anybody advise on how to complete a Risk analysis about the selection of sample points in the environmental monitoring?

    I think that the best method is HACCP, if anyone is doing similiar analysis please could help me

    Jose Antonio Rodriguez Martin · Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria

    it's complicated


  • Vinitha Ebenezer added an answer:
    Which industrial effluent releases most CO2 ?

    Can anyone help me to get an idea as to which industrial effluent will release more CO2 into the atmosphere? I know this question is very broad. But suggestions can be very much helpful. 


    Vinitha Ebenezer · Sathyabama University

    Thanks a lot for your valuable suggestions

  • Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira added an answer:
    Which is better, saturated soil paste or dilute water extract ?
    I was wondering if it might be better for the determination of soluble salts from a soil to prepare a saturated soil paste and dilute it by 5 rather than prepare a 1:5 dilute water extract. A dilution of the soil paste would enable a smaller soil sample and yet the result of the existing ions would be in theory the same while the dilute 1:5 water extract would dissolve more ions because there is excessive water in direct contact with the soil.
    What it is your opinion?
    Wenceslau Geraldes Teixeira · Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA)

    Dear Nazir Hussaim

    Interesting comments. Im looking for some procedures to perform analyses of EC in the same extract that we use to read pH (soil - water diluted 1;2.5). Normally we read the pH after 1 hour of the mixture. But I realized that EC measurements can be higher if I read with more time (2, 4 and 12 hours). Do you know some information or publication about this. I dont want to make new experiment if this is already established.

  • Ernest O Nnadi added an answer:
    Can someone suggest good journals, books and case laws on Environmental pollution, specifically in The Niger Delta, Nigeria and in the EU?

    I am looking for good law books, journals and case laws on Environmental Pollution in Nigeria and the EU, but, more specifically in the Niger Delta area

    Ernest O Nnadi · Coventry University

    you may find the following docs useful:

    Giadom et al. (2015) Environ. Earth Sci.


    Onyeobi and Akujieze (2015)


    Mmom and Igbuku (2015)




  • Angus Nurse added an answer:
    Does anyone have any legal or factual evidence of non implementation of environmental pollution policies/penalties in Niger Delta Nigeria?

    There are reports and complain on the non implementation of rulings of the courts and other dispute settlement bodies which are in favor of the local communities affected by these environmental pollution in the Niger Delta Nigeria. Does any one has any information on the above assertion. Whether in the form of book or Article, journal or caselaws.

    Angus Nurse · Middlesex University, UK

    Enforcing court judgments is problematic in a range of jurisdictions because sometimes there are inefficiencies in the monitoring mechanism which mean that those affected have to go back to court, effectively bringing a second case in order to try an achieve a remedy.  Where the affected group/community is poor, vulnerable and lacks access to legal resources this becomes a factor.  You might find the following article useful:

    Emeka Polycarp Amechi, ‘Litigating Right to Healthy Environment in Nigeria: An Examination of the Impacts of the Fundamental Rights (Enforcement Procedure) Rules 2009, In Ensuring Access to Justice for Victims of Environmental Degradation’,
    6/3 Law, Environment and Development Journal (2010), p. 320,
    available at http://www.lead-journal.org/content/10320.pdf

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