Title: Aral Sea partial restoration. I. A Caspian water importation macroproject

Authors: Viorel Badescu, Richard B. Cathcart

Addresses: Candida Oancea Institute, Polytechnic University of Bucharest, Spl. Independentei 313, Bucharest 060042, Romania. ' Geographos, 1300 West Olive Avenue, Suite M, Burbank, California 91506, USA

Abstract: A comprehensive control strategy to partially recreate the Aral Sea involves several hydrological factors: overland pipeline conveyance of Caspian Sea water deposited into the Aral Sea Basin; overland pipeline conveyance of Aral Sea brine deposited into the Caspian Sea; compensating overland pipeline importation of Black Sea water to the Caspian Sea. Effects of hydrological management of the Syr Darya and the Aral Sea|s regulated Western Basin as well as a technical/economic model are offered.

Keywords: Aral Sea partial restoration; Caspian Sea; Black Sea; inter-basin water transfer; hydrology; overland pipelines; hydrological management; water levels; freshwater inputs; salty water; brine; seawater; economic evaluation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2011.037373

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2011 Vol.7 No.1/2, pp.142 - 163

Received: 20 Sep 2008
Accepted: 18 Nov 2008

Published online: 05 Dec 2010 *

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