Special Issue "Eutrophication Management: Monitoring and Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (25 June 2018).
Interests: coastal eutrophication, nutrient pollution, phytoplankton, ocean acidification, pelagic ecosystems, oceanography
The eutrophication of natural water bodies is a progressive process originated by inorganic nutrient release, which produces multiple damages in aquatic ecosystems and reduces the quality of water for human consumption. In the first stage, eutrophication is manifested by increases in phytoplankton and/or opportunistic macroalga; afterwards, secondary effects such as low dissolved oxygen and increased frequency of nuisance and toxic algal blooms would be produced. In the most advanced phase, eutrophication produces anoxia and elevated fauna mortality. Experimental evidence accumulated over several decades indicates that the sensitivity of a given ecosystem to nutrient enrichment is conditioned by its physical and/or biological features (e.g., water optical properties, hydrology, bathymetry, river flow, composition of the pelagic and benthic communities). These attributes could act as filters that amplify or mitigate the impacts of nutrient pollution by modulating the nutrient-driven photoautotrophs dynamics. Providing that these features vary at different spatial and temporal scales, eutrophication assessment raises the challenge of distinguishing the nutrient pollution impact from the natural variability of the ecosystems. This Special Issue will contribute to this objective by collecting articles addressing the development and application of innovative tools for eutrophication assessment in a wide variety of ecosystems, including freshwater and coastal systems. Particularly, articles contributing to the following three topics (although not limited to these) will be welcome: (1) Identification of feasible indicators based on ecosystem components that can be used widely as early warning indicators of eutrophication. (2) Time series analysis techniques oriented to the robust discrimination of natural variability from that attributable to nutrient pollution. (3) Use of satellite information for researching spatial and temporal trends of eutrophication indicators as well as for guiding the implementation of more efficient monitoring programs (i.e., based on sampling effort optimization and the production of information embeddable at higher spatial or regional scales).
Dr. Jesús Mercado-Carmona
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- satellite imagery
- primary production
- pelagic trophic web
- eutrophication managment