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Title: Development and application of a catchment scale pesticide fate and transport model for use in drinking water risk assessment
Authors: Pullan, S. P.
Whelan, Michael J.
Rettino, J.
Filby, K.
Eyre, S.
Holman, I. P.
First Published: 3-May-2016
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Science of The Total Environment, 2016, 563-564, pp. 434-447
Abstract: This paper describes the development and application of IMPT (Integrated Model for Pesticide Transport), a parameter-efficient tool for predicting diffuse-source pesticide concentrations in surface waters used for drinking water supply. The model was applied to a small UK headwater catchment with high frequency (8h) pesticide monitoring data and to five larger catchments (479-1653km(2)) with sampling approximately every 14days. Model performance was good for predictions of both flow (Nash Sutcliffe Efficiency generally >0.59 and PBIAS <10%) and pesticide concentrations, although low sampling frequency in the larger catchments is likely to mask the true episodic nature of exposure. The computational efficiency of the model, along with the fact that most of its parameters can be derived from existing national soil property data mean that it can be used to rapidly predict pesticide exposure in multiple surface water resources to support operational and strategic risk assessments.
DOI Link: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.04.135
ISSN: 0048-9697
eISSN: 1879-1026
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © the authors, 2016. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
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