A rationale for evaluating thermally induced biological effects due to once-through cooling systems

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Marine Sciences Research Center
Carter, Harry H.
Schubel, J. R.
Wilson, R. E. (Robert E.)
Woodhead, P. M. J.
Marine Sciences Research Center, Stony Brook University
Marine Sciences. , Atmospheric Sciences. , New York State Energy Research and Development Authority. , Electric power-plants -- Environmental aspects -- New York (State) -- Mathematical models. , Thermal pollution of rivers, lakes, etc. -- New York (State) -- Mathematical models. , Fishes -- Effect of temperature on. , National Sea Grant Program -- New York Sea Grant Institute.
from summary and recommendations, "In this report we show how the thermally induced biological effects of power plants with once-through cooling systems can be evaluated in a logical, scientifically defensible manner. First, we used existing models to predict the fields of excess temperature and velocity associated with a power plant sited on a river and an estuary, and to establish the time-excess temperature exposure histories resulting from the interaction of an assumed distribution of organisms with these fields. Next, we developed a new thermal response model to assess the thermal effects of these exposures on these organisms. . ."
65 p. : ill. ; 28 cm. Bibliography.