Special Issue "Management and Evaluation of Environmental Impacts in the Marine Environment"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Oceans and Coastal Zones".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Yolanda Fernández Torquemada
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Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Interests: marine biology; coastal impacts; seagrasses; desalination; bioindicators; impacts mitigation
Prof. Dr. Yoana del Pilar-Ruso
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Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Interests: marine environmental impacts; desalination; sewage; polychaetes;
Dr. Kilian Toledo-Guedes
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Department of Marine Sciences and Applied Biology, University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain
Interests: aquaculture environmental interactions; fisheries; marine resources; environmental management; exotic species.

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Marine ecosystems are being critically impacted by several human activities, such as coastal development, urban and industrial sewage, fishing and aquaculture. These activities may cause perturbations and irreversible changes in marine biodiversity, as well as in the ecosystem structure and its functions. The evaluation and monitoring of these impacts have become increasingly important for scientists and ecosystem managers in order to conserve the marine environment and prevent irreversible changes.

This Special Issue aims to collect the current research about the assessment and monitoring of marine environmental impacts, which can include the use of biotic and abiotic indicators, long-term studies, new statistical analyses or ground-breaking methodologies. Other potential topics of the present issue are field or manipulative studies pertaining to the resilience, mitigation and restauration of marine ecosystems. Papers focused on the conservation and management of these ecosystems may also be integrated into this Special Issue

 
 

Prof. Dr. Yolanda Fernández Torquemada
Prof. Dr. Yoana del Pilar-Ruso
Dr. Kilian Toledo-Guedes
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • impacts on marine ecosystems
  • monitoring
  • mitigation
  • management
  • biotic and abiotic indicators
  • resilience

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The Cost of Brine Dilution in the Desalination Plants of Alicante
Water 2021, 13(17), 2386; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13172386 - 30 Aug 2021
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To reduce the environmental impact of desalination plants, a good dilution of the brine is needed. Brine dilution may be carried out using diffusers, by mixing the concentrate with other effluents, or with seawater bypassing. Seawater bypassing increases the energy consumption of the [...] Read more.
To reduce the environmental impact of desalination plants, a good dilution of the brine is needed. Brine dilution may be carried out using diffusers, by mixing the concentrate with other effluents, or with seawater bypassing. Seawater bypassing increases the energy consumption of the plant but, thus far, this energy consumption has not been estimated. The environmental impact statement (EIS) of desalination plants in Alicante establishes a system of seawater bypassing for diluting brine and protecting the Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows. The aim of this paper is to quantify the energy consumption of brine dilution, which was necessary for meeting the environmental requirements from 2012 to 2018. During the research period, the plants’ operation was variable, as it depended on the supply needs. The results indicate that the energy consumption of the dilution systems fluctuated between 2,135,315 kWh in 2012 and 685,988 kWh in 2013, with an average consumption of 1,205,952 kWh for the selected period. The energy cost in 2012 was EUR 179,556, while that for 2013 was EUR 60,787, with an average annual cost of EUR 91,690. This interannual variability is due to the difference in the production values of the plants and in the dilution ratio, which oscillated between 2.5 and 7.5 seawater:brine. In addition, the dilution showed an additional cost of the energy consumed by the desalination plants of around 1.7% on average. However, it also allowed the fulfillment of the established requirements in the EIS and the protection of the Posidonia oceanica seagrass from the discharge of the desalination plants. Full article
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