Special Issue "Eutrophication and Harmful Algae in Aquatic Ecosystems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2023 | Viewed by 84

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. JoAnn Burkholder
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Guest Editor
Center for Applied Aquatic Ecology, Department of Applied Ecology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, USA
Interests: eutrophication; nutritional ecology; harmful algae; water quality
Prof. Dr. Patricia Glibert
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Guest Editor
Horn Point Laboratory, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Cambridge, MD, USA
Interests: nutrients in aquatic systems; eutrophication; algal production, harmful algal blooms; stable isotopes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Harmful algae are increasing caused by nutrient pollution, warming, and other human-related activities across the globe, but there is still confusion around their chronic impacts and the complexities of their responses to multiple stressors. “Eutrophication and harmful algae” has been the focus of decades of research and is increasingly regarded as a critically important topic in aquatic science.  Recent studies have strengthened basic information. Improved approaches and models to estimate nutrient loads, for example, are beginning to yield more a accurate assessment of chronic impacts that are needed to set more realistic water quality restoration goals. However, many challenges remain, especially surrounding how the synergistic effects of warming, acidification, hypoxia, floods, drought, etc., affect these blooms.

This Special Issue aims to highlight some recent advances in this broad yet compelling topic. Coverage includes new insights on the ecology of harmful algae and their basic impacts on aquatic ecosystems, the synergisms in their toxin effects, models that yield more reliable predictions, and the “science/policy border” in efforts to protect aquatic ecosystems from degradation due to nutrient pollution and harmful algae.

Prof. Dr. JoAnn Burkholder
Prof. Dr. Patricia Glibert
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • harmful algae
  • eutrophication × climate interactions
  • nutrient criteria
  • nitrogen
  • phosphorus
  • nutrient supplies and supply ratios
  • predictive models

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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