Special Issue "Freshwater Resources and Ecosystems in the Anthropocene: Challenges for a Sustainable Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Konstantinos Stefanidis
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Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
Interests: aquatic ecology; limnology; river hydromorphology; aquatic macrophytes; climate change impact on freshwater ecosystems
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Dr. Elias Dimitriou
Guest Editor
Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Athens, Greece
Interests: hydrology; water resources management; hydromorphology; wetlands conservation; ecological flows; water pollution risk assessment
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Anthropocene term is commonly used to describe an epoch that signifies the human impact on the Earth, including all human-induced global changes in the natural environment, such as anthropogenic climate and land-use changes. In this new era, freshwater ecosystems are greatly exposed to risk as anthropogenic activity continuously promotes the alteration of hydrological regimes, pollution, nutrient enrichment, expansion of invasive species, landscape degradation, and natural land cover loss. These environmental changes are responsible for a series of pressures that pose multiple threats not only for the ecological integrity of these ecosystems but also for freshwater as a natural resource. On top of that, given the anticipated impacts of climate and land-use changes on the global water resources, it is apparent that anthropogenic pressure on freshwaters will increase in the next few years, which increases the need to adapt current freshwater management and/or create new schemes that will ensure a sustainable use of freshwater resources.

This Special Issue welcomes innovative research studies from various disciplines that focus on the impact of anthropogenic disturbances on freshwater ecosystems and resources in the scope of sustainable water management. Submitted articles may deal with several relevant topics such as the following:

  • Climate change impacts on freshwater ecosystem functions and services
  • The effects of catchment landscape and land-use changes on the water quality, quantity, and availability of water resources
  • Modeling the responses of freshwater ecosystems to scenarios of global change and future management
  • New tools and methods for monitoring and quantifying the impacts of anthropogenic changes on freshwaters

Dr. Konstantinos Stefanidis
Dr. Elias Dimitriou
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • climate change impact on freshwaters
  • effects of land use changes on water quality and quantity
  • water availability and demand under future scenarios
  • catchment modeling for sustainable management
  • anthropogenic impact on freshwater ecosystem services
  • water management adaptation to global changes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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