Special Issue "Inland and Coastal Karst Aquifers: Functioning, Monitoring and Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2018)
The special issue is addressed to either inland or coastal karst aquifers. They are both complex systems, but in the coastal ones the complexity of the variable-density flow joins to the complexity of the intrinsic features of the karst medium. In the karst aquifers located in areas with a climate that favours the human life the pressure exerted by an increasing demography and related activities (particularly the agriculture) involves a high (and growing) water-demand, which has frequently scarce chances to be satisfied due to the low natural availability conditions. Thus, water resources are subject to a perennial hydrological stress, along with pollution and, in coastal aquifers, also seawater intrusion/salinization. Compared to other aquifers, fresh waters of karst aquifers are of excellent quality for drinking purposes, thus deserving high attention: in many regions they represent the unique source not only for supporting the potable sector, but also the ecosystem services and the human activities.
The intrinsic features of karst aquifers and, for the coastal ones, the peculiar border conditions, make surely difficult to define their functioning and their vulnerability (which for coastal aquifers, is a 3D vulnerability), the rules for their management, as well as the future of water resources ensuing the climate change (and sea level rise).
The issue welcomes new insights and research innovations on both inland and coastal karst aquifers.
Tentative topics, however partial, are: measuring, monitoring and modelling approaches; role of faults; fractures and karst forms in pollutant transport and/or salinization; intrinsic vulnerability and vulnerability to salinization; relation of karst ground waters with groundwater dependent ecosystems; chemical processes at the land-sea interface and submarine groundwater discharge (its assessment and effects on the marine environment); chemical processes in the mixing zone in relation to tides and sea level change; direct, proxy or remote control of seawater intrusion/salinization; genesis and exploitation of submarine springs; management approaches involving technical and social dimensions.Prof. M. Dolores Fidelibus
Prof. Antonio Pulido Bosch
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- Karst aquifer
- Karst coastal aquifer
- Seawater intrusion
- Groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDE)
- Groundwater management