Special Issue "Diagnostic Timescale Methods for the Aquatic Environment: Current Challenges, Recent Improvements, and Applications"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 120

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Eric Deleersnijder
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Institute of Mechanics, Materials and Civil Engineering (IMMC) & Earth and Life Institute (ELI), Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Interests: timescale diagnoses for geophysical and environmental fluid flows; river–sea continuum; reactive transport
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Dr. Edward S. Gross
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1. Resource Management Associates, Davis, CA, USA
2. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California Davis, Davis, CA, USA
Interests: estuarine physics; hydrodynamic modeling; particle-tracking modeling; transport timescales; ecohydraulics
Prof. Dr. Zhe Liu
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Department of Earth Sciences, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Beijing, China
Interests: water exchange; Lagrangian residual velocity; coastal physical oceanography; ocean modelling
Dr. Lisa V. Lucas
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Integrated Modeling and Prediction Division, Water Mission Area, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, CA, USA
Interests: surface water quality; aquatic ecosystems; estuarine ecosystems; freshwater ecosystems
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Prof. Dr. Jian Shen
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Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William & Mary, Gloucester Point, VA, USA
Interests: hydrodynamic and water quality modeling; transport processes in estuaries and coasts; timescale diagnoses for interactions between hydrodynamics and biochemical processes
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Timescale diagnoses (e.g., age, residence/exposure time, inverse of reaction rate) are powerful tools helping to analyze and understand passive and reactive transport processes taking place in the aquatic environment (subsurface water, rivers, lakes, estuaries, seas, etc.). The aforementioned timescales, commonly derived from numerical modelling or from measurements, apply to water, natural and artificial tracers, and chemical and biological species. Regarding their integrative properties, timescale methods are potentially holistic, in that they include all of the available pieces of information about the underlying (reactive) transport processes taking place in environmental fluid flows.

This Special Issue aims at presenting recent advances in tracer and timescale methods. All types of contributions will be welcome, in particular those focusing on novel methodological developments (even if they are still being formulated) and applications aimed at addressing ecological problems. Numerical methods using Eulerian or Lagrangian approaches will be considered, as well as techniques based on remotely sensed or in situ data. We will seek a balance between contributions from natural sciences and engineering, as well as between numerical, observational and theoretical approaches.

Manuscripts dealing with issues falling outside the realm of the aquatic environment will also be considered provided they draw lessons that are of interest to the core of this Special Issue.

It is noteworthy that the publisher (MDPI) is willing to grant no less than ten publication fee waivers for this Special Issue. Potential authors are kindly invited to contact one of the guest editors, thereby outlining their article project and providing a tentative submission date.

This Special Issue is intended to be a follow-up to a recently completed Water Special Issue entitled “Tracer and Timescale Methods for Passive and Reactive Transport in Fluid Flows” (https://www.mdpi.com/journal/water/special_issues/Fluid_Flows).

Prof. Dr. Eric Deleersnijder
Dr. Edward S. Gross
Prof. Dr. Zhe Liu
Dr. Lisa V. Lucas
Prof. Dr. Jian Shen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • aquatic environment
  • tracers
  • reactive transport
  • ecological modelling
  • diagnostic timescales
  • age
  • residence time
  • exposure time
  • flushing time
  • Lagrangian and Eulerian methods
  • adjoint model
  • geophysical and environmental flows
  • hydraulic engineering
  • hydrodynamics
  • biogeochemical

Published Papers

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