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Special Issue "Assessment of Different Contaminants in Freshwater: Origin, Fate, and Ecological Impact"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2020.
Interests: groundwater, ecology, pollution, GDEs (groundwater-dependent ecosystems), biodiversity assessment, meiofauna, stygobites
Interests: groundwater, ecology, ecotoxicology, ecological risk assessment in freshwater, invertebrates
Freshwaters in many parts of the world are subject to frequent and intense large-scale disturbances. Pollution, irrigation withdrawal, alteration of freshwater flows, road construction, aquifer mining, surface water diversion, desertification, wetland drainage, soil erosion in agriculture, deforestation, and dam building have led to some irreversible species losses and severe changes in community compositions of freshwater ecosystems. Pollution represents one of the most relevant impacts on freshwater environments, ranging from surface water bodies—such as springs, streams, rivers, lakes, and intermittent waterbodies—to groundwater and transitional habitats between surfacewaters and groundwaters. The origins and fates of pollutants are different, and depend on the pollutants considered: including fertilizers, together with pesticides, in agricultural areas; heavy methals, chlorinated organic compounds, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) predominantly deriving from industrial and urban settlements; as well as microplastics, which are increasing in concentration in freshwater bodies, and which, together with pharmaceuticals, personal care products (PCPs), and endocrine-disrupting compounds (EDCs), constitute the emerging contaminants in freshwater systems. The broad distribution of several pollutants is leading to significant changes of freshwater ecosystems, together with the extinction of the most sensitive species or the drastic lowering in abundances of others, thus altering community compositions and the ecosystem services provided by freshwater biodiversity.
Prof. Diana M. P. Galassi
Dr. Tiziana Di Lorenzo
Prof. Grant Hose
Manuscript Submission Information
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- emerging contaminants
- ecological impact
- freshwater communities