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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation Strategies for Water Ecosystems

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sustainability and Applications".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 606

Special Issue Editors

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CNR-Water Research Institute, 20861 Brugherio, Italy
Interests: hydrological processes in high mountain areas (glaciers, lakes, hydrology); climate change impact on water resources (quantity and quality); meteorological trend analysis; dynamical and statistical downscaling; adapting strategies to climate change; monitoring techniques for water resources in high elevation; ecosystem services; socio-ecosystem modelling; sustainable development of mountain community
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CNR-Water Research Institute, 20861 Brugherio, MB, Italy
Interests: applied ecology; water quality; biogeochemistry; environmental monitoring and modelling; management of water resources; climate change impact on surface waters; sustainability; ecosystem services
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change affects all dimensions of natural and managed ecosystems. Knowledge of climate change impacts on water environment can be valuable for water resources management in agriculture, urban and industrial water supply, hydropower generation, and ecosystem maintenance. Projection of the state of the global climate system and its consequences on water environment can help managers in developing adaptive strategies and make strategic investments for integrated water resources management. Case studies carried out in natural or urban/anthropized systems are both welcome. Authors are invited to present advanced integrated research designed to face the impact of climate change on water ecosystems. Particular attention should be addressed to the provision of ecosystem services and their possible decrease due to the incoming climate change. Studies aimed at understanding the economic and social impacts of the expected ecosystem service reduction are also welcome. For this reason, contributions integrating natural sciences with economic and social disciplines are much appreciated.

This Special Issue aims to illustrate the historical and projected impacts of climate change on water, both on hydrology and on water quality in diverse geographical and climatic regions of the world. Furthermore, this issue aims to highlight potential adaptation strategies to offset the negative impacts of climate change on water resources. Contributions addressing both impacts and adaptations strategies are welcome.

Dr. Franco Salerno
Dr. Diego Copetti
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • aquatic ecosystems
  • management
  • ecosystem services
  • adaptation strategies
  • water quantity
  • water quality

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