Environmental Modeling & Assessment

, Volume 21, Issue 4, pp 479–487 | Cite as

The Impact of Typhoon Morakot on Heavy Metals of Dapeng Bay and Pollution from Neighboring Rivers

  • Yi-Chih Tsai
  • Chung-Yi Chung
  • Chao-Cheng Chung
  • Hwa-Sheng Gau
  • Wen-Liang Lai
  • Shao-Wei Liao


This study demonstrates that prior to Typhoon Morakot, the index of heavy metals such as Cd, Pb, and Cr was above moderate pollution levels in Dapeng Bay and the three neighboring rivers. During January 2007, the content of Zn metal in Dapeng Bay and Tungkang River was also above moderate pollution levels, while after the Typhoon Morakot event, all metals were at levels below the criteria for low pollution. This work has demonstrated that the samples collected from Dapeng Bay and the three neighboring river systems displayed individual crowd–distribution phenomena, indicating variability between the heavy metal content of sediments collected from Dapeng Bay and the three neighboring rivers. Understanding the spatial and temporal variability of heavy metal pollutants in the sediments of Dapeng Bay, along with pollution sources from three neighboring rivers, provides useful information in the fields of disaster management, habitat recovery, operative management, as well as ecotourism specification.


Typhoon Morakot Heavy metal assessment index Discriminant analysis Sediment 



This work was sponsored by the National Council of Science, Taiwan, and Republic of China (NSC 100-2632-E-127-001-MY3). The authors especially thank our colleagues at the Department of Environmental Resources Management who helped in the laboratory and with sampling.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yi-Chih Tsai
    • 1
  • Chung-Yi Chung
    • 1
  • Chao-Cheng Chung
    • 1
  • Hwa-Sheng Gau
    • 2
  • Wen-Liang Lai
    • 3
  • Shao-Wei Liao
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Tourism ManagementTajen UniversityPingtungRepublic of China
  2. 2.Graduate Institute of Cultural and Creative IndustriesTajen UniversityPingtungRepublic of China
  3. 3.Graduate Institutes of Environmental ManagementTajen UniversityPingtungRepublic of China

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