Special Issue "Pollution of Groundwater"

A special issue of Pollutants (ISSN 2673-4672). This special issue belongs to the section "Water Pollution".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 12 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Adimalla Narsimha
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Guest Editor
School of Water and Environment, Chang'an University, Xi’an, China
Interests: hydro-geochemistry; groundwater quality; groundwater pollution; health risk assessment; fluoride, nitrate, arsenic, and other toxic elements; application of GIS; health risk assessment

Special Issue Information

Groundwater is one of the most precious natural resources in the world, and it typically provides clean drinking water and also supplies water for irrigation purposes. However, the rapid expansion of industrialization, urbanization, the application of several fertilizers to irrigation lands, and human pollution have created extremely contaminated groundwater all over the world. Groundwater pollutants mainly include inorganic salts, toxic metals, fluoride, nitrate, arsenic, and other physicochemical parameters. Therefore, groundwater quality issues have become a major concern in the last few decades. Therefore, the aim of this Special Issue titled “Groundwater Pollution” is to assess the quality of groundwater for drinking and irrigation uses, to identify the sources of contamination in groundwater, and to understand the distribution pattern of vulnerable zones by using various methods including GIS and geostatistics. Moreover, this Special Issue will also focus on reporting original and innovative research addressing key scientific questions on groundwater quality, pollution, and contamination processes, as well as its impact on human health. Thus, I would like to encourage you to submit your original research papers, short communication, mini-review, and review manuscripts to this Special Issue. If you have any queries about the scope of this Special Issue, do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Adimalla Narsimha
Guest Editor

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  • Groundwater quality issues
  • Groundwater pollution and source identification through various methods
  • Geospatial distribution and geospatial approaches to identify groundwater contamination proceses
  • Hydrochemical processes regulating water quality variation
  • Fluoride, nitrate, and arsenic contamination in groundwater
  • Groundwater quality monitoring in arid and semi-arid regions

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Multivariable 3D Geovisualization of Historic and Contemporary Lead Sediment Contamination in Lake Erie
Pollutants 2021, 1(1), 29-50; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/pollutants1010004 - 21 Feb 2021
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Lead sediment contamination in Lake Erie stems from a long history of natural and synthetic resource production. Sediment samples with variable sampling densities were collected by the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in 1971, 1997/1998, and 2014. The kriging interpolation method was used [...] Read more.
Lead sediment contamination in Lake Erie stems from a long history of natural and synthetic resource production. Sediment samples with variable sampling densities were collected by the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in 1971, 1997/1998, and 2014. The kriging interpolation method was used to create continuous sediment contamination surfaces for time/space comparisons. Change detection analyses identified an overall decreasing trend in high lead pollution levels from 1971 to 2014, while sediments with the lowest concentrations increased in surface area. Lake-wide circulation patterns and bathymetric data were added to interpolated contamination surfaces to enhance the understanding of interrelated hydrodynamic processes and geophysical features in the movement of contaminated sediments. Utilizing visualization tools in Esri’s ArcScene, bathymetric data were employed to enhance the geographic context of contamination maps. The physical barriers to sediment transportation created by bathymetric features can be visualized in three-dimensions. Elevated features between lake basins are easily recognized as impedances to lake currents when circulation directions are draped over the bathymetric model. By using illumination tools and techniques, geovisualizations of lead sediment contamination throughout Lake Erie create a scientific communication tool for a wide audience to use in multiple-criteria decision making for environmental remediation of sediment contamination. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Pollution of Groundwater)
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