American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Evaluation of the Groundwater Global Pollution Risk: Relationships with Territorial Planning

M. De Maio, F. Minucci and G. Nocerino

DOI : 10.3844/ajessp.2010.103.114

American Journal of Environmental Sciences

Volume 6, Issue 2

Pages 103-114

Abstract

Problem statement: The protection and enhancing of Groundwater Resources (GWR) at an international level have been studied extensively, but they have very rarely been considered in Territorial Planning and Urban Planning. Now more than in the past, thanks to the technologies and know-how acquired over the years, ignoring responsibilities with regards to the close link between these themes is no longer possible, therefore a new research field has been introduced that will lead to a strategic approach, in such a way that GWR and economic and urban planning development will be able to co-exist. Approach: This study, through the application of the Holman and Groundwater Global Pollution Risk methods, is an attempt to link these two topics. Results: The study was conducted in Aosta, a town in the north-west of Italy, in an attempt to assess the effects that a careless management of the setting up of polluting activities could have on the aquifers. Conclusion: The analysis was carried out using a Geographical Information System (GIS).

Copyright

© 2010 M. De Maio, F. Minucci and G. Nocerino. 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.