Anthropogenic impacts on water quality and water resources of the Pahang River, Malaysia

Mohd Shalahuddin Adnan, Yukihiro Shimatani, Zulkafli Abd Rashid

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Abstract

River water quality in the Pahang River and its adjacent tributaries is facing degradation due to increasing anthropogenic activities along the river bank. This study was initiated with the aim of investigating the effects of human activities and its impacts on water quality and water quantity. The spatial and temporal changes, as well as the human activities along this river are determined by analysing and calculating the water quality Index (WQI) and applying statistical approaches: principal component analysis (PCA) and cluster analysis (CA), to explore the relationship between anthropogenic activities and environmental variables. From the results obtained, it was seen that the WQI was highly correlated with the activities along the river bank. Human disturbance has severely degraded the water quality and ecosystem integrity, thereby depleting water resources. In addition, we speculate the significant decreasing trend between upstream and downstream of the Pahang River. Thus, serious mitigation steps should be proposed to protect our valuable resources.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHydrological Cycle and Water Resources Sustainability in Changing Environments
Pages90-97
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2011
Event5th International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2010 and the 3rd International Symposium on Methodology in Hydrology - Nanjing, China
Duration: Nov 19 2010Nov 21 2010

Publication series

NameIAHS-AISH Publication
Volume350
ISSN (Print)0144-7815

Other

Other5th International Symposium on Integrated Water Resources Management, IWRM 2010 and the 3rd International Symposium on Methodology in Hydrology
CountryChina
CityNanjing
Period11/19/1011/21/10

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Adnan, M. S., Shimatani, Y., & Rashid, Z. A. (2011). Anthropogenic impacts on water quality and water resources of the Pahang River, Malaysia. In Hydrological Cycle and Water Resources Sustainability in Changing Environments (pp. 90-97). (IAHS-AISH Publication; Vol. 350).