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Special Issue "Metal and Technology Critical Element (TCE) Concentrations in Marine Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 March 2023 | Viewed by 117

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Jean-Louis Gonzalez
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Guest Editor
Ifremer, LITTORAL, Environmental Resources Laboratory (Provence-Azur-Corse), Zone Portuaire de Brégaillon, 83507 La Seyne/mer, France
Interests: chemical contaminants; marine waters; speciation; passive sampling; geochemical modelling
Dr. Natalia Montero
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Guest Editor
AZTI, Marine Research Division, Herrera Kaia Portualdea z/g, 20110 Pasaia, Spain
Interests: passive sampling; metals; organic compounds; marine waters; ecotoxicology; environmental assessment

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

More than half of the world’s population lives near coastal areas, which is reflected in the intense use of these areas. These very diverse ecosystems (macro- and microtidal estuaries, lagoons, bays, etc.) are particularly subject to anthropogenic pollution derived from new developments (housing, marinas, ports, industries, etc.) and varied activities (maritime traffic, fishing, aquaculture, tourism, etc.).

Like trace metals, technologically critical elements (TCEs) such as platinum group elements (PGEs) and rare earth elements (REEs) occur naturally in aquatic environments, but at higher concentrations could compromise the quality and health of aquatic systems. TCEs are considered emerging contaminants because their increasingly wider use in new technologies (renewable energies, electronics, health products, chemicals, aeronautics, etc.) disrupt their natural cycle; however, at present few data have been acquired to assess their potential impact on coastal ecosystems, particularly those related to urban and industrial activities. The lack of data is partly explained by their low concentration, especially in marine waters. The different processes that affect trace metals and TCE behavior and speciation from their source, as well as the exchanges between the different biogeochemical reservoirs (water, suspended matter, sediment, and biota) are also not well documented.

The aim of this Special Issue is to provide a better understanding of biogeochemical processes that control the behavior of trace metals and TCEs (speciation/ bioavailability/bioaccumulation) and explore the effects of human activities, in terms of concentration levels, in the different compartments of coastal ecosystems (water, sediments biota). We welcome and encourage papers on the time evolution monitoring of these elements, transfer to biota, and risk-assessment-related research to join this Special Issue.

Dr. Jean-Louis Gonzalez
Dr. Natalia Montero
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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 2200 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.


  • coastal ecosystems
  • trace metals
  • TCE
  • contamination
  • biogeochemical cycle
  • monitoring
  • anthropogenic pressure
  • environmental assessment

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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