Special Issue "Emerging Trends in Freshwater Ecology and Ecosystem Management"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2021.
Interests: freshwater biology; stream ecology; freshwater pollution; macroinvertebrate ecology & taxonomy; environmental monitoring & assessment; biogeography; ecosystems protection & management
Interests: eco-hydraulics; macroinvertebrates; freshwater ecology; habitat modeling; ecological modeling; ecological monitoring; ecological indicators; sustainable development
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
Today, freshwater ecosystems are being critically threatened by agrochemical and industrial pollution, habitat degradation and loss, the introduction of invasive species, unsustainable dam construction, water overexploitation, and anthropogenic and climate-change-induced water scarcity. This Special Issue of Water welcomes scientific contributions from freshwater scientists, water managers, and policy makers that will enhance the state-of-the-art scientific knowledge in research and applications in the field of freshwater ecology and ecosystem protection and management. Contributors may propose advanced concepts/frameworks and solutions, demonstrate new ecological tools to tackle the aforementioned issues, and advance towards a balanced/sustainable human interaction with freshwater ecosystems. Specifically, submissions may address one of the following issues:
- Impact of pollution on freshwater ecosystems;
- Innovative concepts and practices regarding pollution mitigation and management;
- Reviews of sustainable freshwater resources management policies and best practice case studies;
- Effects of multiple stressors on freshwater ecosystems;
- Effects of climate change on freshwater ecosystems; future scenarios; and how to prevent further biodiversity loss;
- Ecological modelling applications within wider freshwater management and restoration schemes;
- Development of new generic and/or stressor-specific biotic indices;
- Cost-effective and time-efficient ecological restoration techniques and practices;
- New concepts on fundamental freshwater ecology that could contribute to advancing policy frameworks;
- Other fundamental and applied freshwater ecology topics that may contribute to developing a balanced relationship between humans and the environment.
Dr. Ioannis Karaouzas
Dr. Christos Theodoropoulos
Manuscript Submission Information
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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 semimonthly 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 2000 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.
- Freshwater ecology
- Ecological modelling
- Pollution mitigation
- Multiple stressors
- Sustainable freshwater management
- Integrated water resources management
- Ecological applications
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.
1. from Dr. Sukhmani Mantel's team, Institute for Water Research, Rhodes University, Makhanda, South Africa
Title: Impacts of Climate Change on Rivers and Biodiversity in a Water-Scarce Agricultural Region of the Western Cape, South Africa
Authors: Jane Tanner *, Sukhmani Mantel, Andrew Slaughter, Bruce Paxton, and Denis Hughes
Abstract: Meeting United Nations Sustainable Development Goals 6.4 and 6.6 relating to stress on freshwater resources requires evaluating and enhancing the adaptive capacity of riverine ecosystems while meeting the demands for water withdrawal for food security. The ecological Reserve (environmental flows) as defined under the South African National Water Act 36 of 1998 provides a means of managing water in such a way as to maximise economic and social welfare in an equitable manner without compromising the sustainability of ecosystems and services provided. We investigated climate change impacts on ecological Reserve targets in Doring River using the Habitat Flow Stressor Response method (which integrates hydrology, hydraulics, water quality and ecological data) under projected climate scenarios (2041 – 2070). Current Reserve model outcomes for 3 sites were compared with the future hydrology using Global Circulation Models associated with four Representative Concentration Pathways (RCP 2.6 to 8.5). Climate predictions reflected reduced future flows, but the uncertainty band of predicted future flows overlapped with present day flows. Flood flashiness following heavy rains and the increased length of dry periods that are predicted would both contribute to increased erosion and geomorphological degradation, and further compromise biodiversity including endangered fish populations and threaten both freshwater and estuarine ecosystems downstream. Salinity variation is predicted to increase in future leading to increased seasonal salinity stress and reduced use of abstracted water. We interrogate various options for mitigating the impacts including augmenting dry season flows, developing on-farm, catchment-scale and strategic water resources management, and removing alien vegetation.
Keywords: climate change; environmental flows; hydrological modelling; water availability; biodiversity protection