Special Issue "Climate Change and Land-Use Impacts on Groundwater and Their Dependent Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Alexandra Gemitzi
Guest Editor
Department of Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Democritus University of Thrace, Xanthi, Greece
Interests: environmental modeling; remote sensing; groundwater–surface water interactions; GIS; climate change
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Prof. Dr. George Karatzas
Guest Editor
Technical University of Crete, School of Environmental Engineering, Chania, Greece
Interests: groundwater hydraulics; hydrology; water resources management; seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers; contaminant transport; geostatistics
Assist. Prof. Dr. Przemysław Wachniew
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Guest Editor
AGH University of Science and Technology, Kracow, Poland
Interests: environmental tracers; groundwater surface water interactions; groundwater vulnerability; catchment hydrology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Groundwater is considered as the most resilient water resource, due to its subsurface storage, and it forms a major source of drinking water all over the world, supporting ecosystem services in groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs). The overall objective of this Special Issue is to provide new scientific knowledge by attracting high-quality papers on the impacts and threats on groundwater resources and GDEs, due to land use and/or climate changes. Contributions related to groundwater quantity and quality pressures from increased extraction rates, drainage, intensive land use, prolonged drought periods, and limited recharge rates are within the scope of this Special Issue, as well as future anticipated impacts and their associated uncertainty. Advanced environmental monitoring techniques including remote sensing, aiming to detect impacts on groundwater and GDEs are also within the scope of this Special Issue. Papers dealing with related socioeconomic effects as well as legislative approaches targeted at safeguarding groundwater but at the same time maintaining major land uses are also welcome. The goal of this Special Issue is to contribute to the scientific community and broader society with improved knowledge that will guarantee sufficient groundwater quantities of high quality will remain available to support various land uses and the wellbeing of the present and future world.

Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alexandra Gemitzi
Prof. Dr. George Karatzas
Assist. Prof. Dr. Przemysław Wachniew
Guest Editors

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.


  • groundwater
  • climate change
  • land use change
  • groundwater-dependent ecosystems
  • groundwater stress
  • groundwater vulnerability
  • groundwater pollution

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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