Decision support systems optimising effluent release in sub tropical estuarine environment - An Australian case study

Kirkpatrick, Sally and Capati, Bill and Hollingsworth, Anna and Sayed, Khan and Mortensen, Simon and Stuart, Greg and Szylkarski, Stefan and Thomsen, Franz and Tomlinson, Rodger (2010) Decision support systems optimising effluent release in sub tropical estuarine environment - An Australian case study. In: Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future,The 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society , June 13-16, 2010 ,Wilmington, North Carolina,

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Abstract

Gold Coast Water is responsible for the management of the water and wastewater assets of the City of the Gold Coast on Australia’s east coast. Treated wastewater is released at the Gold Coast Seaway on an outgoing tide in order for the plume to be dispersed before the tide changes and renters the Broadwater estuary. Rapid population growth over the past decade has placed increasing demands on the receiving waters for the release of the City’s effluent. The Seaway SmartRelease Project is designed to optimise the release of the effluent from the City’s main wastewater treatment plant in order to minimise the impact of the estuarine water quality and maximise the cost efficiency of pumping. In order to do this an optimisation study that involves water quality monitoring, numerical modelling and a web based decision support system was conducted. An intensive monitoring campaign provided information on water levels, currents, winds, waves, nutrients and bacterial levels within the Broadwater. These data were then used to calibrate and verify numerical models using the MIKE by DHI suite of software. The decision support system then collects continually measured data such as water levels, interacts with the WWTP SCADA system, runs the models in forecast mode and provides the optimal time window to release the required amount of effluent from the WWTP. The City’s increasing population means that the length of time available for releasing the water with minimal impact may be exceeded within 5 years. Optimising the release of the treated water through monitoring, modelling and a decision support system has been an effective way of demonstrating the limited environmental impact of the expected short term increase in effluent disposal procedures. (PDF contains 5 pages)

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item
Title: Decision support systems optimising effluent release in sub tropical estuarine environment - An Australian case study
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Kirkpatrick, Sallys.kirkpatrick@griffith.edu.au
Capati, Bill
Hollingsworth, Anna
Sayed, Khan
Mortensen, Simon
Stuart, Greg
Szylkarski, Stefan
Thomsen, Franz
Tomlinson, Rodger
Date: 2010
Funders: National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. EPA Coastal Management Branch, U.S. Geolgocial Survey, NOAA Sea Grant
Event Title: Shifting Shorelines: Adapting to the Future,The 22nd International Conference of The Coastal Society
Event Type: Conference
Event Location: Wilmington, North Carolina
Event Dates: June 13-16, 2010
Issuing Agency: The Coastal Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: TCS22
Subjects: Ecology
Information Management
Earth Sciences
Item ID: 3920
Depositing User: Cynthia Murray
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 20:20
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2011 16:40
URI: http://aquaticcommons.org/id/eprint/3920

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