Special Issue "The Use of Environmental Isotopes in Hydrogeology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paula M. Carreira
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Guest Editor
Centro de Ciências e Tecnologias Nucleares (C2TN), Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 2695-066 Bobadela, Portugal
Interests: isotope hydrology; groundwater dating; geochemistry; water–rock interaction; hydrogeology; palaeoclimatology; environmental earth sciences; water management and protection
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Marques
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Guest Editor
1. Department of Civil Engineering, Architecture and Georesources, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
2. CERENA (Centro de Recursos Naturais e Ambiente), 1041-001 Lisbon, Portugal
Interests: hydrogeology; water-rock interaction; thermal and mineral waters; groundwater pollution and protection; geothermal resources
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In many parts of the world, water resources are at risk, due to climate change, population growth, overexploitation, agricultural practices, and anthropogenic pollution, among others. Access to freshwater, in quantity and in quality, is one of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In this context, environmental isotopes are crucial tools that provide vital information in hydrogeological studies, in order to understand aquifers dynamics, water resources assessment, vulnerability, and management issues. The use of environmental isotopes as natural tracers in hydrogeology is increasing with the progress of laboratory equipment and analytical methods. These environmental isotopic approaches play a vital role in the identification of potential pollution sources on current and past flow conditions that are independent of what can be determined by traditional hydrogeological studies and hydrogeochemical signatures.

In this Special Issue dedicated to “Environmental Isotopes in Hydrogeology”, we welcome original papers dealing with:

i) spatial isotope patterns to understand hydrological processes;
ii) isotopes in precipitation modeling and climate changes;
iii) environmental/climate change and impact on water resources;
iv) synthesis of isotope data to identify emerging water quality/quantity issues;
v) groundwater dating and palaeohydrology;
vi) water resources assessment and management;
vii) new trends and challenges in isotope hydrology.

The objective of this Special Issue is to enhance the potential contribution of environmental isotope tracers, to increase knowledge on water resources in a changing environment.

Dr. Paula M. Carreira
Prof. Dr. José Manuel Marques
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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 2000 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.


  • Environmental isotopes
  • Groundwater dating
  • Isotopes and hydrogeochemistry
  • Water–rock interaction
  • Water resources assessment and protection
  • Water resources management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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