Special Issue "Effects of Climate Change on Freshwater Biodiversity"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Antonella Carosi
Guest Editor
Università degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia, Italy
Interests: freshwater fish ecology; climate change; alien fish invasions; freshwater biodiversity conservation; water quality; freshwater fish management.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global warming is expected to accentuate biodiversity loss in inland waters, where climate-induced effects will lead to a worsening of ecological conditions for aquatic biota. In these environments, climate change is often associated with increasing water temperatures and decreasing habitat availability, which strongly affect the survival of many species. Furthermore, in many cases, the negative effects of climate change are added to other anthropogenic stressors, such as alien species invasions, water pollution, and habitat fragmentation. All these effects may lead to a strong decrease in biodiversity, since inland waters represent isolated environments from which the inhabiting species hardly have the opportunity to colonize new habitats in case of adverse environmental conditions. Despite the high conservation interest of many freshwater species, information on climate-related changes in their distribution, population status, and life history strategies are currently limited.

This Special Issue will collect articles focused on testing the possible effects of climate changes on aquatic species inhabiting inland waters all over the world, including the possible synergistic effects with other anthropogenic stressors. This information could help to create sound management strategies and plan proper conservation actions for the survival of these species.

Dr. Antonella Carosi
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.


  • climate change
  • freshwater ecosystems
  • aquatic species
  • biodiversity conservation
  • anthropogenic stressors.

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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