Special Issue "New Assessment Tools and Perspectives on Environmental and Human Health Effects of Wastewater Discharges in Coastal Waters"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 August 2022) | Viewed by 3761
Interests: coastal contaminants and water quality; health-related water microbiology; environmental impact assessment of wastewater and stormwater discharges; fate and transport of contaminants; catchment sanitary profiling
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Coastal waters are vulnerable to a range of effects from coastal discharges, including the loss of biological diversity and ecosystem services, and human health effects from exposure to wastewater contaminants. These effects are principally derived from municipal and private wastewater outfalls, stormwater drainage systems, and industrial discharges, and can manifest as nutrient enrichment, alterations in the physical and chemical structure of the water column, and changes in biological community structure. Regarding wastewater discharge, issues of concern are related to nutrients, toxicants, pathogens, suspended solids, trace metals, and temperature. We now have high-resolution remote sensing capabilities from radar, thermal, and optical sensors that can provide high-resolution information to monitor the surface expression of discharge plumes as evidenced by sea-surface roughness, temperature, and water reflectance due to organic matter. This information can be combined with in situ observations of physicochemical parameters from moored instrument platforms, remotely operated vehicles, and testing of the wastewater contaminants of interest using modern analytical tools for more comprehensive impact assessments. This Special Issue explores these applications within the context of the latest environmental impact assessment theory and discharge-permitting regimes. We welcome papers that report the integration of these tools at local, regional, and global scales to evidence the magnitude and likelihood of effects and how these can be managed to protect the environment and human health.
Dr. Carlos Campos
Dr. Don Morrisey
Manuscript Submission Information
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- wastewater discharges
- environmental impact assessment
- remote sensing
- sustainable development
- water contaminants
- biological communities
- moored observatories
- molecular diagnostics