Special Issue "Surface Water Quality for Environment and Health"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2019).
Interests: integrated studies on nutrient circulation in freshwater bodies; applied limnology; effects of physical and chemical anthropic impacts in remote areas; nutrients and trace element speciation; QA/QC protocols
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Interests: occurrence and fate of several classes of emerging contaminants in the environment and evaluation of risks for humans and the environment; use of urban wastewater to study the consumption of various substances (i.e., illicit drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine) in the population producing wastewater; development of novel applications of this approach for assessing human exposure to environmental/food contaminants, and human health
Water quality in the second half of the last century was seen culturally as a component that qualified the natural environment. Although caused by the alteration of the cycles of elements by the anthropic pressure, eutrophication and acidification were considered mainly from the point of view of their effects on aquatic life. However, fears for human health have also emerged because of the degradation of surface water quality occurring, for instance, by the growing phenomenon of blooms of toxic algae, as well as the spread of persistent organic micro-pollutants and toxic metals.
With the doubling of the population living on the Earth in half of the century, with 54% of the population living in urban areas, has opened new scenarios in the study of surface water quality beyond the environmental protection. In fact, the health and safety protection in large parts of the world is strictly connected with sustainable surface water quality.
Conventional contaminants (mainly macro contaminants and pathogenic micro-organisms), toxic and persistent contaminants (mainly organic micro-pollutants and toxic metals), and emerging contaminants (therapeutic and illicit drugs and their metabolites, natural and synthetic hormones, sun filters, fragrances, perfumes and products cosmetics, etc.) are currently affecting water quality. Through urban sewers and industrial discharges, these substances enter the urban water cycle in high amounts every day. The growing urbanization and the increasing use of these substances pose serious challenges for wastewater treatment, water reuse, and drinking water distribution. There is an urgent need for comprehensive monitoring approaches and reliable methodologies for the evaluation of risks to human health, which should take into account the presence of complex mixtures of pollutants in the water cycle. Considering the necessary adaptations to climate change, the challenge concerns the exchange of knowledge that has been acquired regarding the management of water quality in the most advanced countries, to the rest of the world.
In this Special Issue, we want to collect contributions that represent the various aspects of ongoing research activities on surface water quality, and as well as the evaluation of risks in different areas of the world. It will have the specific aim of highlighting the state of the art of both the protection of the environment and the health status of the population.
Dr. Gianni Tartari
Dr. Sara Castiglioni
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- Effects of water quality deterioration by change in the trophic state of lakes and rivers
- Consequences on human health by cyanobacteria blooms in freshwaters
- Effects on aquatic environments and human health by the nutrient loads remediation
- Effects of climate change on water quality and consequences for aquatic life and human health
- Studies on effects of micro/nano emerging and persistent pollutants on aquatic life and human health
- Cycle of primary and secondary micro/nano plastic particles in aquatic environments: potential effects on human health
- Advanced on surface water quality monitoring technologies
- Advanced analytical methods for conventional and emerging contaminants
- Application of modern ecotoxicological approaches to protect the environment and health
- Advanced of water quality classification
- Advanced wastewater technologies for conventional and emerging contaminants
- Approaches for surface water quality plans in megacities
- Surface water quality and supply drinking waters
- Advanced methodologies for risk assessment of complex mixtures of pollutants
- Impact of surface water reuse in agriculture