Special Issue "Methods for Assessing Water Quality and Its Impacts on Ecological Status in Reservoirs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2021) | Viewed by 6372
The Water Framework Directive (WFD) is the key European legislation in terms of water policy and protection, which has been in place since 2000. While the WFD assessment scheme is conceptually and technically well developed for rivers, water quality evaluation in reservoirs lacks depth and an adequate toolbox for predictive or retrospective analyses. In part, this is due to their artificial nature, which led to the creation of the concept of “ecological potential” instead of the WFD paradigm of “ecological status”. Notwithstanding, reservoirs are among the most important freshwater ecosystems for human needs and are therefore under enormous pressure (water abstraction, fisheries, eutrophication, chemical contamination). Particularly in recent decades, this pressure has been heightened by climate change, including extreme events such as droughts and floods. Directly or indirectly, this has also influenced the spread of emergent chemical pollutants or biotic agents (invasive species, pathogens or their vectors). Increased human pressure and climate change will enhance or trigger future water availability crises (scarcity in quantity or quality) and conflicts over the use of water. For this reason, novel tools for the assessment of water quality or ecological potential are much needed, and this Special Issue is open to contributions on predictive models, conceptual assessment frameworks, or indicator metrics (functional, structural, ecotoxicological) to complement or replace the existent toolbox for assessing the ecological status of reservoirs. This Special Issue intends to work as a discussion forum of new ideas, thus promoting scientific advances and legislative initiatives (e.g., in the scope of the WFD bioassessment scheme for reservoirs).
Prof. Dr. Sara Cristina Antunes
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- Water quality
- Lentic ecosystems
- Water analysis tools
- Water Framework Directive
- Ecosystem function
- Aquatic ecotoxicity