Special Issue "Multiple Stressors Effects on Soil and Freshwater Ecosystems, in a Climate Change Scenario"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.
Degradation of ecosystems at different spatial and temporal scales occurs through multiple stressors, resulting in a loss of biodiversity and in an impoverishment of ecosystem services. Nowadays, the preservation of the structure and function of ecosystems is essential to ensure economic, cultural, and recreational benefits for the human population and to guarantee the maintenance of ecological balance with the protection of biodiversity. The global change scenario, with the appearance of new stressors and changes at climate patterns (including drought, temperature increase and intensification of heavy rainfalls), may negatively influence the quality of soil and freshwater systems, incrementing its scarcity and degradability. The main goal of this Special Issue is to bring together current research and reviews looking into the dynamic and impacts of emergent contaminants and/or potentially toxic metals on freshwater and soil ecosystems, from the perspective of climate change. Submissions addressing water and soil quality studies, ecological and ecotoxicological indicators, risk assessment methodologies, and environmental prioritization studies are also welcome.
Dr. Patrícia Palma
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- emergent contaminants
- potentially toxic metals
- freshwater quality
- soil degradability
- environmental risk assessment
- ecological indicators
- ecotoxicological tools
- climate change
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Predicting the risks of soil salinization and sodification in irrigated agroecosystems: a case study in the Brinches-Enxoé irrigation project (South Portugal)
Authors: Alexandra Tomaz 1,2,*, Maria João Costa 3,4,5, João Coutinho 6, José Dôres 1, Adriana Catarino 1, Inês Martins 1, Clarisse Mourinha 1, Isabel Guerreiro 1, Maria Margarida Pereira 1, Marta Fabião 7, Luis Boteta 7, Manuel Patanita 1,2, Rui Salgado 3,4,5, Patrícia Palma 1,4
Affiliations: 1 Escola Superior Agrária, Instituto Politécnico de Beja, R. Pedro Soares S/N, 7800-295 Beja, Portugal.
2 GeoBioTec, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Campus da Caparica, 2829-516 Caparica, Portugal.
3 Earth Remote Sensing Laboratory (EaRSLab), Universidade de Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal.
4 Instituto de Ciências da Terra (ICT), Universidade de Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal.
5 Departamento de Física, Escola de Ciências e Tecnologia, Universidade de Évora, 7000-671 Évora, Portugal.
6 Centro de Química, Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Quinta de Prados, 5000-801 Vila Real, Portugal.
7 Centro Operativo e de Tecnologia de Regadio. Quinta da Saúde, Apartado 354, 7800-999 Beja, Portugal
Abstract: The increase in temperature and the decrease in precipitation resulting from climate change in Mediterranean regions like South Portugal are likely to enhance soil salinization processes. In agricultural regions, salinization varies spatially and temporally, depending on the climate, soil texture and permeability and, in irrigated areas, also on the irrigation water quality and the irrigation systems performance. In this sense, any risk assessment methodology must be based on representative soil and water indicators, in order to assess the probability and severity with which a given soil may be affected. In this work, two indices, the Salinization Risk Index (RSA) and the Sodification Risk Index (RSO) were applied to the irrigation area of Brinches-Enxoé (Alqueva, South Portugal). For this purpose, information on climate, irrigation water quality, soil and land use, was obtained, for comparison purposes, from large-scale databases and from local sampling in 10 irrigated plots. Then, maps of salinization and sodification risk were obtained based on easily available data and using more detailed data and in situ measurements. The comparability between the two-tiered approach of risk areas identification through these indices showed potential to be used at large scales and territorial planning, but also at the farm plot level, encouraging the adoption of agricultural practices that can contribute to the sustainability of irrigated agriculture.
Keywords: Irrigation water quality; Mediterranean irrigation areas; Risk assessment; Soil salinity; Soil sodicity.