Predicting coliform concentrations in upland impoundments: design and calibration of a multivariate model

D Kay, A McDonald
Applied and Environmental Microbiology 1983, 46 (3): 611-8
This paper reports on the calibration and use of a multiple regression model designed to predict concentrations of Escherichia coli and total coliforms in two upland British impoundments. The multivariate approach has improved predictive capability over previous univariate linear models because it includes predictor variables for the timing and magnitude of hydrological input to the reservoirs and physiochemical parameters of water quality. The significance of these results for catchment management research is considered.

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