Special Issue "Trends and Prospects in Environmental Geochemistry (Water, Soil, and Sediments)"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental and Sustainable Science and Technology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Gianluca Bianchini
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Department of Physics and Earth Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy
Interests: environmental geochemistry; trace elements behavior; stable and radiogenic isotopes; water-air-rock interactions; weathering; soils and sediments; geo-biological reactions; natural and antropogenic anomalies; geo-resources and sustainable development
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Dr. Claudio Natali
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Guest Editor
Department of Earth Sciences, University of Florence, Florence, Italy
Interests: environmental geochemistry; trace elements behavior; stable and radiogenic isotopes; water-air-rock interactions; weathering; soils and sediments; geo-biological reactions; natural and antropogenic anomalies; geo-resources and sustainable development
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Geochemical analyses of soils, sediment, and interacting water are important for understanding environmental systems and their evolution over the time.

They record both natural and anthropogenic factors, including fluxes of contaminants, and allow for the calculation of important geochemical budgets that measure interactions between the pedosphere–hydrosphere–atmosphere, as well as interactions with the biosphere.

New trends in geochemical investigations are currently facilitated by development of:

- portable instruments that allow for on-site analysis as an alternative to laboratory work;

- more performant elemental analysers that allow for lower detection limits;

- more performant mass spectrometers that allow for analysis investigations of a wide spectrum of isotopic tracers;

- remote-sensing geochemical prospection thanks to drone or satellite applications;

- geo-statistic applications that allow for the preparation of geochemical maps.

Despite the recent analytical developments, several types of data are still of difficult interpretation for the paucity of suitable geochemical archives, and have limited theoretical backgrounds.

Therefore, there is a need for studies that define geochemical backgrounds and anomalies in various frameworks.

Soil, sediment, and interacting water are essential georesources that provide nutrients for ecosystems and human populations, and thus have multiple applications. Therefore, soil, sediment and interacting water have to have sustainable approaches and be monitored carefully.

This Special Issue is open to a wide range of original research papers based on isotopic and elemental geochemistry, focused on geochemical processes occurring in the lithosphere, pedosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere that describe elemental occurrence, migration, and accumulation from different natural but also anthropogenic (e.g., agriculture and industry) sources. The aim is to publish articles dealing with innovative approaches and new perspectives, as well as practical applications, addressed at a broad geosciences audience. Publications dealing with interdisciplinary approaches are particularly welcome.

Dr. Gianluca Bianchini
Dr. Claudio Natali
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • geochemical backgrounds
  • geochemical anomalies
  • geochemical cycles
  • geogenic vs. anthropogenic sources
  • environmental monitoring
  • methodological developments
  • innovative approaches

Published Papers

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