Special Issue "Freshwater Algal Diversity and Bio-Indication of Water Resources"

A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Plant Diversity".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Sophia Barinova

University of Haifa, Haifa, Israel
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Interests: algae; diversity; bioindiction; water quality; aquatic ecosystem; climate change; rivers; lakes; wetlands; sea; estuary

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water quality is currently one of the main indicators of the standard of living; therefore, all developed societies are making maximum efforts to provide the population and the economy with sufficient water of adequate quality. Most of the water comes from natural sources—rivers, lakes, reservoirs, the quality of water in which it is necessary not only to assess but also to predict. Algae, being mostly autotrophs, form the basis of the trophic pyramid and, therefore, are the first to participate in the production of organic matter in the aquatic ecosystem. The characteristics of diversity, abundance, biomass, and species composition are used in bioindication methods when changing the trophic base. They provide an integrated assessment of the results of all processes occurring in a water body. Thus, this current Special Issue will collect works on the dynamics of algae diversity in connection with changes in environmental and climate indicators using bioindication, statistics, and ecological mapping methods for the purposes of ecological assessment of surface and estuarine water quality and its forecasting.

Prof. Sophia Barinova
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Algae
  • Diversity
  • Bioindication
  • Water quality
  • Water quality classification systems
  • Water quality indices
  • Ecological modeling
  • Database of bioindicators
  • Aquatic ecosystem
  • Climate change
  • Rivers
  • Lakes
  • Wetlands
  • Estuary

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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