Special Issue "Application of Ecohydrology Approach for Mitigation of Freshwater Ecosystems Contamination"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Urbaniak
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Guest Editor
University of Lodz and European Regional Centre for Ecohydrology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Interests: ecohydrology; hydrology; ecology; molecular biology; environmental biotechnology; environmental bioremediation; phytoremediation; environmental chemistry; ecotoxicology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Global climate change affects both quantitative and qualitative variations of water resources. This in turn is reflected in the disturbances of the hydrological cycle and water flow in rivers. It is expected that the frequency and intensity of periods of floods and droughts will also be distorted, thus affecting the economic and sociological development of regions. Since water is the primary medium responsible for the transport of matter, nutrients, and pollutants from the catchment, these processes will also influence the concentrations and loads of pollutants in freshwater ecosystems such as rivers, lakes, and dam reservoirs. All these changes have a profound impact not only on water, and water-related environment but also socioeconomic wellbeing. It is crucial, therefore, to monitor and mitigate the degradation/pollution level of freshwater ecosystems, as such reduction will contribute to securing the quality of the environment and the health of the population and enable us to achieve the goals of the European Union strategy in the field of water policy.

According to the principles of ecohydrology (Zalewski, 2000), the first step toward reducing and/or reversing the degree of degradation of the water ecosystem is a thorough assessment of its condition. This assessment should include a broad spectrum of analyses of the given ecosystem pollution status in relation to the individual components of the environment (identification of threats), together with the interactions and processes that determine the pollution status (analysis of cause–effect relationships), and then using the knowledge of these links to improve the quality of the environment (developing methods and tools for reduction of identified threats).

In sight of this, the main goal of this Special Issue is to bring together studies looking into (1) the pollution of freshwater ecosystems, (2) the roles played by the factors and processes determining ecosystem pollution status and (3) the nature-based solutions enabling safe remediation of the contaminated environmental matrices. Papers focused on the chemical and biological contaminants and the hydrological and biogeochemical processes in freshwater ecosystems, as well as the nature-based solutions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore of aquatic environment, will be considered for publication.

Assoc. Prof. Magdalena Urbaniak
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Ecohydrology
  • Freshwater ecosystem
  • Catchment
  • Hydrology
  • Pollution
  • Water quality
  • River
  • Lakes and reservoirs
  • Anthropogenic impact
  • Nature-based solutions

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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