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Special Issue "Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Hydropower"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: Environmental impacts of power generation by conventional hydropower, tidal turbines, and thermoelectric plants, including altered flow regimes, elevated temperatures, contaminant exposure, electromagnetic fields, underwater noise, and turbine injury. Fish growth response and bioenergetics modelling. Modular hydropower design with minimal environmental footprint.
Interests: Understanding and assessing environmental effects of hydropower generation. Effects of energy production on fish and aquatic ecosystems. Fish otolith structure and chemistry including use of otolith chemistry to monitor environmental energy contaminants
As global demand for lower carbon sources of energy increases, many there have been renewed interests in hydropower development. However, hydropower dams and their operation have the potential to produce a variety of environmental impacts, including loss of river connectivity, interupted fish migration, injuries to fish passing through turbines, loss of river habitat, changes in water quality, and altered flow regimes. Similarly, new water power technologies like hydrokinetic turbines located in flowing rivers and tidal zones can present a variety of stressors to aquatic organisms, such as physical encounters with moving parts, obstruction to normal migration corridors, altered currents, and exposure to anthropogenic noise and electromagnetic fields.
For this special issue on the environmental effects of hydropower, we welcome papers that discuss:
- original research (laboratory and field) on any of these environmental impacts described above,
- quantitiative analyses of large-scale (i.e., population and community-level) biological impacts,
- quantitative analysis of ecosystem-level impacts,
- innovative science- and technology-based solutions designed to reduce or account for impacts,
- innovative approaches to site selection or prioritization that seeks to reduce environmental impacts,
- design features that mitigate specific enviornmental stressors,
- regional and continental differences in impacts and solutions,
- case studies,
- other topics related to the environmental impacts of hydropower.
We are especially interested in papers that pressent possible solutions to address these environmental issues.
Dr. Mark S. Bevelhimer
Dr. Brenda M. Pracheil
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 monthly 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 1600 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.
- Hydrokinetic turbines
- Turbine blade strike
- altered flow
- fish habitat
- river connectivity
- environmental effects
- environmental mitigation