Special Issue "The Impact of Environmental Stressors on Carbon Dynamics in the Aquatic System"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Soren Brothers
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Guest Editor
Department of Watershed Sciences / Ecology Center, Utah State University, Logan, UT, USA
Interests: carbon cycling; primary production; benthic algae; regime shifts

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue of Water will focus on the impact of environmental stressors on carbon dynamics in aquatic systems. Inland waters tend to process and transport large quantities of terrestrial carbon and both bury and emit carbon to the atmosphere, making them important to the global carbon cycle. However, there remain significant gaps in our knowledge of how carbon loading and carbon processing (and thus carbon fate) are changing over time in response to environmental stressors. Our ability to predict emergent global patterns is further limited as most research has been carried out in the temperate climatic zones of Europe and North America, and a small number of boreal and Arctic systems. Direct and indirect stressors such as atmospheric dust deposition, climate change, watershed modification, chemical pollution, and invasive species (to list a few) are all likely to influence aquatic carbon dynamics. These effects may also be driven by understudied biogeochemical pathways, including processes occurring at the sediment–water interface. For this Special Issue, we are soliciting papers that investigate the effects of specific or multiple stressors on carbon dynamics in inland waters, including both small-scale mechanistic studies and broad-pattern analyses of changes, including research describing understudied regions or system-types.

Dr. Soren Brothers
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly 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.


  • Carbon cycling
  • Primary production
  • Allochthonous carbon
  • Multiple stressors
  • Aquatic ecology
  • Benthic processes

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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