The Eutrophication of Freshwater Ecosystems

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 159

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Dear Colleagues,

Freshwater ecosystems are habitats where the interactions between biotic species—including their growth, adaption, and associated biological behaviours—nutrient cycling, and the energy flows between plants, microbes, and animal communities can be observed. Freshwater ecosystems include lakes, reservoirs, rivers, streams, wetlands and, sometimes, entire drainage basins. Over 100,000 species live in streams and wetlands. Today, numerous freshwater ecosystems are under stress due to urban and agricultural runoff, toxic chemicals, and invasive species. In the United States, for example, nearly 50% of lakes and rivers do not currently meet water quality standards. The major pollutants affecting freshwater ecosystems are nitrogen and phosphorus. There are many challenges to improving water quality, including technical and economic challenges as well as climate change. In this Special Issue, we invite submissions of research papers, review articles, and case studies on topics such as the effects of pollutants on ecosystems, hydrologic and water quality modelling, invasive species, water quality and land use relationships, and long-term water quality trends in lakes, rivers, and streams.

Yours faithfully,

Prof. Dr. William Frederick Ritter
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  • wetlands
  • nitrogen
  • phosphorus
  • microbes
  • eutrophication
  • toxic chemicals
  • water quality

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