Special Issue "Land Use and Water Quality"
A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 May 2020).
A printed edition of this Special Issue is available here.
Interests: catchment science and management; water quality in surface waters; river and wetland restoration; functioning of riparian buffers
Agriculture provides food, fibre, energy, and, last but not least, a living for many people around the world. One potential drawback of agricultural production is pollution of the aquatic environment by nutrients, pesticides, and trace elements. Growth in agricultural production, as has occurred in Europe and North America since the 1950s and more recently in many other parts of the world, threatens the quality of groundwater and surface waters or has already led to deterioration of the quality of these waters. Typical hotspot areas with problems can be found in Denmark, the Netherlands, northern Italy, Germany, France, China, the United States, and New Zealand.
Policies to abate the deterioration of water quality have been developed and programmes to improve water quality have been implemented. For example, the European Union has adopted directives (the Nitrates Directive in 1991; the Water Framework Directive in 2000; and the Groundwater Directive in 2006) that should result in all waters having good quality by 2027. Experiences from the last 15 to 25 years make clear that it will be a great challenge to realise these objectives in the remaining years of this decade. Nevertheless, it is has become clear that realisation of the objectives of these policies has become more difficult, not only because the easy, low cost measures have already been implemented, but also because there is a pressure to increase agricultural production. Is the twin aim of increasing agricultural production and at the same time improving water quality a realistic one? Which measures are most effective for water quality improvement and at the same time the most cost-effective? Should measures be enforced by law or implemented on a voluntary basis? These are some of the issues that should be addressed in this Special Issue from the Land Use and Water Quality (LUWQ) conference series, of which LUWQ2019 was held at Aarhus University from 3 to 6 June 2019.
Prof. Dr. Brian Kronvang
Dr. Dico Dico Fraters
Prof. Dr. Frank Wendland
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- Land Use and Water Quality
- Groundwater Surface Waters
- Water Quality Management
- Water Quality Monitoring
- Water Quality Modelling
- Implementation of Measures for Water Quality
- Assessment of Policies for Water Quality