Special Issue "Freshwater Biodiversity Conservation in Mediterranean Climate Ecosystems"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2019
Prof. Eva Papastergiadou
Department of Biology, University of Patras
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Interests: Freshwater ecology; macrophytes; biodiversity conservation; aquatic habitats; lowland streams; shallow lakes; land-water interactions; riparian landscape ecology; monitoring and assessment; ecosystem functioning; ecosystem services
Freshwater ecosystems cover less than 1% of the Earth’s surface and are among the most diverse and threatened systems in the world. They support diverse and productive communities, but the degradation of habitats and species loss in freshwater is far greater than in any other ecosystem. Ecosystems in warm climates are more sensitive to anthropogenic pressures, such as eutrophication and water extraction, than similar ecosystems in temperate or cold climates. Mediterranean freshwater ecosystems have a highly endangered biodiversity, which cannot be dissociated from the long history of human disturbances. Additionally, water diversion, flow regulation, increased salinity, eutrophication, pollution and introduced species have impacted the Mediterranean ecosystems over time. As a result, freshwater biodiversity is declining at a far greater rate than the biodiversity of any other terrestrial ecosystem. The loss of biodiversity is altering ecosystem functions and services that are essential for the well-being of the human community, as well as threatening species with extinction.
In this Special Issue, we aim to collect high-quality articles addressing the factors that influence freshwater biodiversity conservation in Mediterranean climate ecosystems (e.g. streams, rivers, lakes, lagoons, ponds, etc). This research topic is open to submissions related to biodiverse ecosystem functioning, land use and climate changes, human impacts in catchment areas over the last decades, species decline and invasion, and the potential effects of water quality change on threatened species and habitats. We also welcome submissions on the ecological assessment and conservation management of Mediterranean climate freshwater ecosystems and their respective capacity to support ecological integrity and to provide ecosystem services.
Assoc. Prof. Eva Papastergiadou
Manuscript Submission Information
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- Freshwater biodiversity
- Mediterranean ecosystems
- Climate change
- Ecosystem functioning
- Threatened species and habitats
- Invasive species
- Water quality assessments
- Conservation planning,
- Catchment management and restoration