Special Issue "Ecological and Ecotoxicological Assessment of Water Quality"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2022 | Viewed by 142

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sara Raquel Boaventura Rodrigues
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Guest Editor
CIIMAR | Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto, Porto, Portugal
Interests: ecology; water quality; aquatic ecotoxicology; environmental risk assessment; biological responses; bioassays; biomarkers

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Maintaining the quality of aquatic ecosystems is one of the biggest challenges for the 21st century, as a consequence of demographic pressure, urban and agricultural land use, hydropower generation, and climate change, which have also influenced the spread of emergent chemical pollutants or biotic agents. Thus, the availability and quality of water for basic functions is a threat. Therefore, pristine aquatic ecosystems are increasingly scarce and valuable, and as such, their deterioration should be prevented and good environmental quality should be achieved and maintained. To this end, the European Commission enacted the Water Framework Directive 2000/60/EC (WFD) to manage European aquatic ecosystems and to protect them sustainably, taking into consideration the vulnerability of these aquatic resources.

This Special Issue is open to contributions on predictive models, conceptual assessment frameworks, or indicator metrics (functional, structural, ecotoxicological) to complement the existing set of tools for assessing water quality. The appropriate acquisition and processing of water quality data are crucial for water quality evaluation. As such, publications on water quality monitoring and assessment must convey essential and reliable information to water quality experts, decision makers, researchers, students, and the public. The implication is that such information must emanate from data obtained and analyzed in an up-to-date, scientifically sound manner. This Special Issue intends to work as a discussion forum for new ideas, appropriate data analysis, and reporting techniques, thus promoting scientific advances and legislative initiatives.

Dr. Sara Raquel Boaventura Rodrigues
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • aquatic ecology
  • ecotoxicology
  • water framework directive
  • water quality
  • emergent chemical pollutants
  • bioassays
  • individual and sub-individual responses
  • physiology
  • biomarkers

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission, see below for planned papers.

Planned Papers

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: Assessment of the Ecological Status of an Intermittent River: Water Quality and Ecosystem Services

Authors: Sara Rodrigues; Bárbara Xavier; Sara C. Antunes
Affiliation: University of Porto, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, Matosinhos, Portugal


Title: Assessment of Water Quality in Albufeira Do Torrão: Zooplankton Dynamics as a Bioindicator

Authors: Ivo Pinto; Sandra Nogueira; Sara Rodrigues; Sara C. Antunes
Affiliation: Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade Do Porto, Porto, Portugal


Title: Water Framework Directive vs. Ecosystem Functioning: Study Case at the Crestuma-Lever Dam

Authors: Bárbara S. Diogo; Sara Rodrigues; Sara C. Antunes
Affiliation: Departamento de Biologia, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade Do Porto, Porto, Portugal

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