Special Issue "Individual and Synergistic Impacts of Climate Change on Water Quantity and Quality"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2022.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Bangshuai Han
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Guest Editor
Environment, Geology and Natural Resources, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47304, USA
Interests: hydrology; water resources; climate change; land use change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change, through every stage of the water cycle, impacts the quantity, distribution, timing and quality of the available water. Despite often being dealt with separately, water quality and quantity are closely connected. Exploring the relationships and synergetic effects of water quantity and quality is not trivial due to the internal variability and complexity of and among various variables. Climate change adds to the complexity by increasing the frequency of extreme flow events, altering the timing and extension of floods and droughts, the addition of non-point source contaminants, increasing temperature and consequent variations of biogeochemical processes, and changing water consumption patterns. Determination and prediction of the climate change impacts of individual aspects of water resources and the synergistic effects are fundamental and challenging topics in hydrology, water resources and climate change studies.

This Special Issue seeks to collect recent research progress from a diverse multi-disciplinary group of water scientists to disseminate and share cutting-edge findings and solutions aimed at evaluating impacts of climate change on water resources. Here, the terms quantity and quality are used in their broadest sense to reflect their multidimensional nature across a broad range of topics. Examples of topics include but are not related to occurrence and duration of extreme hydro-climate conditions at various temporal and spatial scales; water quality assessment and monitoring under the climate change context; methodological innovations on the analysis of variability and complexity of water quality parameters and streamflow regime, contaminants of emerging concerns under future changing climate; and adaptation of climate change aimed for sustainable water quantity and quality management via design and implementation of water infrastructure, programs and policies. Research approaches, including literature review, monitoring, assessment, modeling, forecasting, experimentation, and statistical and big data analytics are all welcome.

Dr. Bangshuai Han
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate change
  • water resources
  • water quality
  • extreme events
  • hydrology
  • contaminants
  • risk
  • water scarcity

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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