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dc.contributor.authorO'Donoghue, Cathalen
dc.contributor.authorHowley, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorHynes, Stephenen
dc.contributor.authorFealy, Réamonnen
dc.contributor.authorChyzheuskaya, Aksanaen
dc.contributor.authorGreen, Stuarten
dc.contributor.authorMeredith, Daviden
dc.contributor.authorMorrissey, Karynen
dc.identifier.citationO'Donoghue, C., Howley, P., Hynes, S., Fealy, R., Chyzheuskaya, A., Green, S., et al. (2010). The spatial relationship between economic activity and river water quality (Economics Working Paper no. 163): Department of Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway.en
dc.description.abstractThis paper, using Ireland as a case study, examines the relationship between economic activities and river water quality. The stipulation from the EU water framework directive (WFD) that all surface waters in the EU must be of 'good ecological status' by 2015 necessitate a quantitative understanding of the major determinants of water quality. Within this context, this paper combines a number of spatial datasets relating to agricultural, residential and industrial activities as well as the level of forest cover to examine the major economic influences on the ecological quality of water resources. It is hoped that providing a comprehensive understanding of the effect of a variety of economic activities that influence the ecological quality of water will be an important tool in the management of risk and will allow for more appropriate land use planning aimed at restoring and maintaining water quality as required by the WFD. Results indicate that the level of forestry, industrial activity, the intensity and type of agricultural activity and the type of wastewater treatment in an area are all critical factors affecting the quality of our water resources. Moreover, the results highlight the importance of a spatial dimension to any analysis as the principal factors affecting water quality often differ across river catchments.en
dc.publisherNational University of Ireland, Galwayen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesEconomics Working Papers;163en
dc.subjectWater Framework Directiveen
dc.subjectRiver water qualityen
dc.subjectOrdered logiten
dc.titleThe spatial relationship between economic activity and river water qualityen
dc.typeWorking Paperen
dc.contributor.funderBeaufort Marine Research Award (National Development Plan, Marine Research Sub-Programme)en

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