Urbanization—Its Hidden Impact on Water Losses: Prądnik River Basin, Lesser Poland

Tomáš Lepeška , Jakub Wojkowski , Andrzej Wałęga , Dariusz Młyński , Artur Radecki-Pawlik , Branislav Olah


Urban development causes multiple water losses. Some of them may be ignored but some could have a huge influence on the whole catchment, including soil drought. As urban sprawl rises, space for unaffected infiltration and retention is increasingly limited. The objective of this study was to backcast and to estimate water-retention loss due to urbanization during the period of 1990–2018. We used landcover data, meteorological and hydrological data and data on soil water-holding capacity. Water-retention loss was expressed as soil water retention capacity loss, net precipitation loss and total sum of precipitation loss. Historical change in urban extension has led to large impacts on the hydrological cycle of the study area. Progressive urban development caused water-retention losses which range from 3.380 to 14.182 millions of cubic meters—depending on the methodology used. Hydrological analysis showed the lack of a significant trend (decrease trend) of low flow which is caused by the high percentage of natural land use in the upper part of catchment. Our results show that backcasting of water retention change using CLC data (a) brings new and plausible data on retention loss, (b) is possible to replicate and (c) data used are common and easy-to-get.
Author Tomáš Lepeška - Technical University in Zvolen
Tomáš Lepeška,,
, Jakub Wojkowski (FoEEaLS / DoECaAP)
Jakub Wojkowski,,
- Department of Ecology, Climatology and Air Protection
, Andrzej Wałęga (FoEEaLS / DoSEaWM)
Andrzej Wałęga,,
- Department of Sanitary Engineering and Water Management
, Dariusz Młyński (FoEEaLS / DoSEaWM)
Dariusz Młyński,,
- Department of Sanitary Engineering and Water Management
, Artur Radecki-Pawlik - Politechnika Krakowska
Artur Radecki-Pawlik,,
, Branislav Olah - Technical University in Zvolen
Branislav Olah,,
Journal seriesWater, [Water (Switzerland)], ISSN 2073-4441, (N/A 70 pkt)
Issue year2020
Publication size in sheets0.85
Article number1958
Keywords in Englishwater retention; urban development; land-use change; water resources management
ASJC Classification1104 Aquatic Science; 1303 Biochemistry; 3305 Geography, Planning and Development; 2312 Water Science and Technology
URL https://www.mdpi.com/2073-4441/12/7/1958/pdf
Languageen angielski
LicenseJournal (articles only); author's original; Uznanie Autorstwa (CC-BY); after publication
Urbanization—Its Hidden Impact on Water Losses: Prądnik River Basin, Lesser Poland of 17-07-2020
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Score (nominal)70
Score sourcejournalList
Publication indicators Scopus SNIP (Source Normalised Impact per Paper): 2017 = 1.007; WoS Impact Factor: 2018 = 2.524 (2) - 2018=2.721 (5)
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FinansowanieThis research was funded by project of the Slovak Grant Agency for Science (VEGA) no. 1/0104/19.
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