Special Issue "Dynamic and Diversity of Waterborne Pathogens and Fecal Indicators in Urban Surface Waters"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Françoise S. LUCAS
Guest Editor
Laboratoire Eau, Environnement et Systèmes Urbains (Leesu), Faculté des Sciences et Technologie, LEESU Université Paris Est Créteil, 94010 Créteil cedex, France
Interests: urban; surface waters; wastewaters; rainfall-runoff; air quality; microbial ecology; bacterial communities; waterborne pathogens; faecal indicators; microbial source tracking
Prof. Pierre SERVAIS
Guest Editor
Ecology of Aquatic Systems, Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus Plaine, CP 221, 1050 Brussels, Belgium
Interests: microbial ecology; bacterial communities; microbiological water quality; faecal indicators; online monitoring; combined sewer overflows; modeling
Guest Editor
Environmental Research & Innovation Department, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology, 41 rue du Brill, L-4422 Belvaux, Luxembourg
Interests: environmental virology; surface water; wastewater; viral communities; viral ecology; waterborne pathogens; bacteriophages; faecal indicators; hydrology; water cycle

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainable water supplies are a core issue for human, animal, and environmental health, and they are being threatened by climatic and anthropogenic changes. In addition, new social practices and political demands, such as bathing in urban water-bodies, may pose additional risks that are not fully covered by the current regulations. As a consequence, the detection, monitoring, prediction, and management of pathogens in surface water remains an active field of interdisciplinary research. Recent developments in omics techniques, real-time monitoring, modeling, and data analysis provide new insights into the diversity and ecology of pathogens and faecal indicator microorganisms, and into the sources and flow of antibiotic resistance genes. These new approaches are anticipated to provide a deeper understanding of the origin, transport, and survival of pathogens in different compartments of waterways (water, biofilms, and sediments). Understanding the complex relationships between pathogens, faecal indicators, and environmental parameters on local and regional scales is a challenging task, important for the improvement of now-casting and forecasting solutions and for the implementation of efficient risk management techniques. Monitoring data have been accumulating since the beginning of the 20th century, and there is a great need for organization and interpretation of the temporal trends and spatial patterns of water quality.

The Special Issue of the journal Water on the microbiological quality of surface waters (especially in urban areas) aims to present recent research on the diversity and spatio-temporal dynamic of viruses, bacteria, protists, and toxin-producing algae. Indicative topics might include studies on:

  • The spatio-temporal variability and biogeography;
  • The application of microbial ecology theory to microbial water quality;
  • The diversity of pathogens and faecal indicator populations, and molecular markers;
  • Sources and reservoirs of microbial contamination, and microbial source tracking;
  • Real-time monitoring, monitoring design, predictors’ selection, and modeling for the development of now-casting and forecasting solutions;
  • Databases and meta-analysis;
  • New practices, new risks, new monitoring techniques, quality control, and the evolution of the regulations.

Prof. Françoise S. LUCAS
Prof. Pierre SERVAIS
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 monthly journal published by MDPI.

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  • surface water
  • water contamination
  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • protists
  • monitoring
  • modeling
  • health risk
  • pathogens
  • regulations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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