Special Issue "Focus on the Salinization Issue in the Mediterranean Area"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: water resources management and protection in the coastal plains, with a focus on water and nitrogen balance at basin scale and salinization processes; characterization and monitoring of dissolved contaminants in aquifers via different assessment methods; implementation of density-dependent groundwater flow models and reactive transport models
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Throughout the Mediterranean Region, recent studies highlight an increase in temperature, especially during summer, a decrease in precipitation and a certain change in the in-year precipitation pattern. These patterns are contributing to increasing the salinization of water resources. The Mediterranean Region is characterized by a variety of local climates and by a very complex geological and stratigraphical architecture. Moreover, the majority of the population is located along the coasts, with an increasing water demand. Thus, in the next years with the progressive loss of surface water resources, groundwater resources will be gradually more stressed, especially in coastal Mediterranean areas. This makes the Mediterranean area a good benchmark to test and validate scientific approaches to characterizing and better understanding the ongoing salinization trends of water resources.
The aim of this Special Issue of Water is to publish papers that describe the state of the art of surface waters and groundwater salinization in watersheds, with emphasis on the Mediterranean area. In detail, the goal of this Special Issue is to deliver a limited number of papers which describe the key features of aquifer, wetland, lake and river salinization and new challenges that need to be tackled. Particular importance will be given to papers employing novel geochemical and geophysical approaches, numerical modelling and their conjunctive use to monitor, assess and quantify relevant processes in aquifer salinization. This Special Issue aims to cover, without being limited to, the following areas: Multidisciplinary approaches that allow to distinguish between actual saltwater intrusion from paleo-salinization; Interaction between coastal wetlands and groundwater bodies; Numerical transport models that account for solutes’ variable density in saturated/unsaturated media; and the related scenario modelling to quantify future impacts of climate changes on groundwater resources.
Prof. Micòl Mastrocicco
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- water quality
- climate change
- vertical profile
- coastal areas
- geochemical processes