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The Scientific World Journal
Volume 2013, Article ID 231768, 7 pages
Review Article

A Review of Surface Water Quality Models

Appraisal Center for Environment and Engineering, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Beijing 100012, China

Received 2 April 2013; Accepted 24 May 2013

Academic Editors: J. Bai, H. Cao, B. Cui, A. Li, and B. Zhang

Copyright © 2013 Qinggai Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Surface water quality models can be useful tools to simulate and predict the levels, distributions, and risks of chemical pollutants in a given water body. The modeling results from these models under different pollution scenarios are very important components of environmental impact assessment and can provide a basis and technique support for environmental management agencies to make right decisions. Whether the model results are right or not can impact the reasonability and scientificity of the authorized construct projects and the availability of pollution control measures. We reviewed the development of surface water quality models at three stages and analyzed the suitability, precisions, and methods among different models. Standardization of water quality models can help environmental management agencies guarantee the consistency in application of water quality models for regulatory purposes. We concluded the status of standardization of these models in developed countries and put forward available measures for the standardization of these surface water quality models, especially in developing countries.