Special Issue "Global Change Effects on Water Level and Salinity: Causes and Effects"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Biodiversity and Functionality of Aquatic Ecosystems".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Erik Jeppesen
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1. Bioscience, Aarhus University, Vejlsøvej 25, 8600 Silkeborg, Denmark
2. Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
Interests: aquatic ecology; biological structure and interactions with the nutrient dynamics and climate in lakes; lake restoration; lake re-establishment; paleoecology; ecosystem modelling
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Prof. Dr. Meryem Beklioğlu
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Department of Biological Sciences and Centre for Ecosystem Research and Implementation, Middle East Technical University, 06531 Ankara, Turkey
Interests: aquatic ecology; structure and functioning of shallow lakes ecosystems; impacts of climate change; hydrological alterations and eutrophication on lakes ecosystem structure; functioning and diversity
Dr. Egor Zadereev
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Institute of Biophysics, Krasnoyarsk Science Center, Siberian Branch, Russian Academy of Sciences, 660036 Krasnoyarsk, Russia
Interests: saline lakes; environmental management; ecosystem services provided by saline lakes; chemical interactions in aquatic ecosystems; population ecology; zooplankton; science communication

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The temperature and precipitation patterns are predicted to change markedly worldwide as a result of global change. The semi-arid and arid climate zone will experience much less net precipitation and runoff, while the north temperate zone is facing overall higher precipitation and runoff. It should also be noted that an increase in water abstraction is expected due to a global increase in demand for food in a growing population. These changes will lead to water level changes and the salinization of inland waters in the dry climate zones, while waters in areas with higher future precipitation or those affected by runoff from melting glaciers may show the reverse pattern. The magnitude of the future changes may have major effects on the functioning and biodiversity of inland aquatic ecosystems. Global warming also leads to rising sea levels and thus coastal seawater intrusions, further accelerated by an expected higher frequency and duration of extreme storms. However, little is known about the effect of changes in water level and salinity and their temporal variation on inland water ecosystems. To gain more insight into this field of research, we invite studies of water level and salinity effects on inland water ecosystems in all climate zones to this Special Issue. Results from experiments, time-series and space-for-time analysis, palaeoecological studies, meta-analyses and modelling are all welcomed.

Prof. Dr. Erik Jeppesen
Prof. Dr. Meryem Beklioğlu
Dr. Egor Zadereev
Guest Editors

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.

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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.


  • inland waters
  • salinity
  • water level
  • ecosystem structure and function
  • climate change
  • thresholds
  • resilience

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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