Special Issue "Spatial Variability of Chemical Composition, including Concentration Levels of Pollutants, in Freshwater Ecosystems"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Marek Ruman
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Silesia, 60 Będzińska St., 41-200 Sosnowiec, Poland
Interests: water quality; environmental pollution; hydrology; environmental management; water treatment
Dr. Klaudia Kosek
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Gdansk University of Technology, 11/12 Narutowicza St., 80-233 Gdansk, Poland
Interests: environmental chemistry; wastewater treatment; analytical chemistry; arctic environment; long-range atmospheric transport

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water, as an indispensable resource for all organisms, has in recent years been increasingly exposed to various types of contaminants, especially as human population grows. Freshwater ecosystems are endangered due to fast development and incorrect management of many human activities regarding, e.g., industrial effluents, wastewater/leachate management or agricultural activities. Pollutants generated by these activities can be accumulated in freshwater for an exceptionally long time, depending on their special characteristics, and can be toxic for many organisms. Furthermore, unpredictable shifts in climatic and meteorological phenomena, such as rapid changes in temperature and precipitation, may also have a crucial impact on the functioning of aquatic reservoirs, including negative effects on organisms’ development. To conclude, the management of freshwater ecosystem quality is of special importance.

Determination of contaminants in freshwater bodies is the first step to evaluate their possible impact on the whole environment, as well as on human health. This Special Issue combines challenges related to the investigation of freshwater chemical composition, as well as detection of potentially toxic pollutants and available methods for reducing their concentration levels in water, and further, in all elements of the environment.

Dr. Marek Ruman
Dr. Klaudia Kosek
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • freshwater ecosystems
  • chemical composition
  • pollution, environment
  • water bodies
  • water treatment
  • hydrology

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Arctic Freshwater Environment Altered by the Accumulation of Commonly Determined and Potentially New POPs
Water 2021, 13(13), 1739; https://doi.org/10.3390/w13131739 - 23 Jun 2021
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Chemical composition of Arctic freshwater ecosystems depends on several factors. They include characteristics of the surrounding landscape, its lithology, geomorphology, vegetation, and hydrological features, as well as accumulation of anthropogenic pollution. In the Arctic, the problem of environmental contamination is widespread. That is [...] Read more.
Chemical composition of Arctic freshwater ecosystems depends on several factors. They include characteristics of the surrounding landscape, its lithology, geomorphology, vegetation, and hydrological features, as well as accumulation of anthropogenic pollution. In the Arctic, the problem of environmental contamination is widespread. That is why research on lakes and river catchments in terms of their chemical composition has enjoyed increasing interest among scientists worldwide. The freshwater reservoirs of the Arctic are fragile and particularly vulnerable to the uptake of pollutants that become trapped in the water and sediments for an extended period. This review summarises selected studies of freshwater bodies in the Arctic to highlight the problem of the accumulation of pollutants in these reservoirs. Moreover, it emphasises the possible negative impact of chemical pollutants on both animal and human health. Full article
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