A basin scale analysis of pollution caused by the use of chemical substances in agriculture in some basins of Central Italy is being carried out, through modelling and experimental research. The methodology is based on a distributed parameter model that allows consideration of climatic, geomorphologic, lithologic, pedologic, anthropic characteristics and the main dynamics of transport and transformation of substances which take place in the basin. The experimental investigation is led by the Istituto di Agronomia e Coltivazioni Erbacee of the University of Bologna in collaboration with the Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile of the University of Florence as regards the modelling aspect and the extension at basin scale.

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