Special Issue "Nitrates Pollution in Water: Sources, Pathways and Receptors"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Aquatic Systems—Quality and Contamination".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Fernando António Leal Pacheco
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Guest Editor
DG-CQVR-UTAD – Department of Geology, Chemistry Research Centre, University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Quinta de Prados, 5001–801 Vila Real, Portugal
Interests: groundwater management; groundwater contamination risk; water–rock interactions; groundwater flow modeling; groundwater–surface water interactions; rainwater harvesting; land degradation and surface water quality; spatial decision support systems in water public supply planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Groundwater contamination by nitrate is a widespread problem all over the world. Aquifer pollution causes public health problems and environmental degradation of ecosystems. All these negative effects can be minimized with an integrated groundwater management and a good governance to mitigate the risks of nitrate contamination. In order to ensure sustainable use and protection of groundwater aquifers, water resources specialists and decision makers need information on the scope, distribution, and severity of aquifer nitrate contamination. In other words, the identification of nitrate sources, early diagnosis of possible changes, and knowledge for selecting effective remediation strategies are essential.

In compliance with these requirements, the contributors of this Special Issue are invited to submit papers focusing on the presentation of models and applications following the concept of “pressure–pathway–receptor”, whereby the information on point and nonpoint sources of water pollution (fertilizer, livestock manure, septic tanks, municipal and industrial effluents) is combined with aquifer vulnerability parameters (depth of water table, recharge, aquifer material, soil type, topography, and hydraulic conductivity, among others) and eventually with biogeochemical models, to explain nutrient yields arriving at the receptor (groundwater).

We believe that this Special Issue will help to bring to the attention of land use planners, water resources managers, and the general public that conservation of groundwater resources begins with a reliable land use and implementation of conservation measures, and that deviation from this practice inevitably leads groundwater resources to danger and ultimately to collapse as a service provider.

Prof. Dr. Fernando A.L. Pacheco
Prof. Dr. Luís Filipe Sanches Fernandes
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.


  • Nitrate pollution in groundwater
  • Aquifer vulnerability
  • Point and nonpoint pollution sources
  • Sustainable development goals
  • Land use
  • Land capability
  • Conservation measures
  • Mitigation
  • Remediation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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