Special Issue "Biomonitors in Water Quality Control"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2020.
Interests: biomonitors; trace elements; eutrophication; mosses; macroalgae; rivers; coasts; estuaries
The need for biological monitoring of contamination in aquatic ecosystems is now widely accepted, while it is known that traditional physicochemical measures of water quality are not enough. Although pollution is precisely a problem because it affects living beings, for a long time, its control relied exclusively on the study of abiotic compartments. The use of organisms in pollutant monitoring has clear advantages, such as allowing estimation of the bioavailable fraction of the contaminants; permitting to discover the presence of contaminants that are difficult to quantify through other methods, such as water analysis; or making it possible to detect punctual peaks of pollution. The relevance of organisms when assessing the status of a body of water is currently recognized even in the legislation, as in the European Water Framework Directive or the Federal Water Pollution Control Law in the United States. A simple search in Scopus of the term “biomonitoring” retrieves a result of more than 18,000 documents, the first from the decade of the seventies, with practically exponential subsequent growth and more than a thousand papers published annually in recent years, which gives an idea of the importance that the topic has presently acquired in the scientific community.
This Special Issue of Water will compile studies of biological monitoring of water quality control in any type of aquatic ecosystems, whether from inland waters (rivers, lakes, inland seas, etc.) or marine waters.
Prof. Dr. Rubén Villares
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