Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management

John P. Isaacs, Ruth E. Falconer, Daniel J. Gilmour, David J. Blackwood

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Abstract

Under the WFD the UK water companies are responsible for providing effective treatment methods which will reduce the level of phosphate, a key nutrient in river eutrophication, in their respective waterways. The selection of effective treatment methods poses a sustainability problem as there are a number of economic and social aspects which must be balanced with the environmental standards set down by the WFD. This choice becomes even more complex as all of the stakeholders involved, the companies, the local government, local industry and the general public must be engaged in the decision-making process if they are to fully support whatever solution is chosen. This paper describes a sustainability assessment and visualisation toolkit, PhiZ, which has been designed to allow the assessment and communication of the sustainability of phosphate management scenarios. The PhiZ system takes the approach of combining a number of computational models covering the economic, social and environmental aspects of the scenarios with a unique visualisation based on 3D rendering techniques derived from the computer games industry, through which the results of the models can be communicated. This unique visualisation not only allows the ecological state of the river to be assessed over time but also allows a non-expert user to interactively investigate the impact of different management techniques on sustainability of the river catchment. PhiZ does not define sustainability but does provide a method for all the stakeholders involved to compare the relative sustainability of a number of management scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationBHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee
PublisherBritish Hydrological Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1903741181
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sep 2012
Event11th National Hydrology Symposium: Hydrology for a changing world - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 Jul 201211 Jul 2012
Conference number: 11

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Other11th National Hydrology Symposium
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee
Period9/07/1211/07/12

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Visualization
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Industry
Water Framework Directive
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Eutrophication
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Isaacs, J. P., Falconer, R. E., Gilmour, D. J., & Blackwood, D. J. (2012). Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. In BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee British Hydrological Society.
Isaacs, John P. ; Falconer, Ruth E. ; Gilmour, Daniel J. ; Blackwood, David J. / Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. British Hydrological Society, 2012.
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Isaacs, JP, Falconer, RE, Gilmour, DJ & Blackwood, DJ 2012, Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. in BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. British Hydrological Society, 11th National Hydrology Symposium, Dundee, United Kingdom, 9/07/12.

Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. / Isaacs, John P.; Falconer, Ruth E.; Gilmour, Daniel J.; Blackwood, David J.

BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. British Hydrological Society, 2012.

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Isaacs JP, Falconer RE, Gilmour DJ, Blackwood DJ. Dynamic visualisation and modelling to support sustainable phosphate management. In BHS Eleventh National Symposium, Hydrology for a changing world, Dundee. British Hydrological Society. 2012