Special Issue "Advances in Reconstructing Geochemical Evolution of Groundwater Using Environmental Isotopes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Xianfang Song
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Guest Editor
Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Interests: water cycle; environmental isotope; hydrological experiment; water environment; groundwater; water ecology
Dr. Lihu Yang
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Guest Editor
Institute of Geographic Sciences & Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Beijing, China
Interests: water environment; environmental isotope; hydrological experiment; groundwater modelling; water cycle
Prof. Dr. Yanlong Kong
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Guest Editor
Institute of Geology and Geophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China
Interests: hydrogeology; isotope hydrology; groundwater geochemistry; geothermics; climate change; natural
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Groundwater is a key part of the water cycle on Earth, and it constitutes approximately 95% of fresh water which is easily available and serves for more than 2 billion people as drinking water. Daily necessity water generally depends greatly on groundwater in arid/semi-arid regions. Global warming and anthropogenic activity may significantly affect groundwater resources. Thus, it is important to understand the processes of the groundwater cycle, especially the geochemical evolution related to groundwater quality. Applications of environmental isotopes have revolutionized our understanding of groundwater. The utility of the isotopes is ever-increasing, and our sole focus is to bring out the applications of these isotopes as tracers and chronometers to a wider audience so that they can be used as powerful tools to solve environmental problems.

This Special Issue is dedicated to “Advances in Reconstructing Geochemical Evolution of Groundwater Using Environmental Isotopes” and seeks to capture the most up-to-date research and practices. We would therefore like to call for original papers from researchers, practitioners, regulators, and decision-makers about their contributions to the evolution of groundwater affected by climate change and human activities. We are looking for papers that discuss groundwater sources, groundwater recharge, groundwater cycle, groundwater dating, groundwater quality, interaction between surface water and groundwater, residence time of water, etc.

In this Special Issue of Water, one focus will be discussing and disseminating newer and older applications of isotopes in groundwater evolution. We are looking for cases that reflect the multitude of approaches used by students, faculty, regulators in governmental and non-governmental agencies, and environmental companies, and we particularly invite practitioners and decision makers to share successes and failures. Papers will be selected through a peer review procedure by balancing local relevance and academic rigor, with the aim of rapid and wide dissemination and application of research results.

Full research articles, reviews, as well as shorter commentary/communications from practitioners are welcome.

Prof. Dr. Xianfang Song
Dr. Lihu Yang
Dr. Yanlong Kong
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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.


  • geochemical evolution of groundwater
  • environmental isotope
  • groundwater environment
  • interaction between surface water and groundwater
  • hydrochemistry
  • groundwater cycle
  • groundwater recharge

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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