Impact of Onshore Construction Activities on Sea Water Turbidity

Muhammad Salman Afzal, Furqan Tahir*, Sami G. Al-Ghamdi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Turbidity refers to the presence of suspended particles in water. The increased number of construction and development activities these current times is resulting in increased sediments in water, which reflects higher turbidity. Sunlight is frequently absorbed by turbid water, resulting in a rise in the water's overall temperature and a decrease in dissolved oxygen concentration. All these conditions put aquatic life under stress. This research's primary focus was sedimentation and suspension turbidity, which is more likely to occur due to onshore construction activities. In the study, samples were collected from various locations of one of Qatar's onshore construction sites and analyzed for turbidity using a portable turbidity meter and a spectrophotometer. A comparison of the obtained data to Ministry of Municipality and Environment (MME) standards was conducted. The results indicated a significantly increased turbidity in a few sample locations, i.e., at the inlet point of the sedimentation tank, dewatering pipeline, and open excavations of the project site. The study also suggested using sedimentation tanks and silt traps in an onshore construction project to prevent turbid water from being discharged into the sea.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEnvironment and Sustainable Development - Proceedings of the 2022 7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development
EditorsKeiji Ujikawa, Mikio Ishiwatari, Eric van Hullebusch
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9789819941001
StatePublished - 2023
Event7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, ACESD 2022 - Kyoto, Japan
Duration: Nov 4 2022Nov 6 2022

Publication series

NameEnvironmental Science and Engineering
ISSN (Print)1863-5520
ISSN (Electronic)1863-5539


Conference7th Asia Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development, ACESD 2022

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd 2023.


  • Dewatering
  • Onshore construction activities
  • Sedimentation
  • Silt trap
  • Turbidity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Information Systems


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