Special Issue "Pathways for Water Conservation"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Environmental Sciences".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 December 2023 | Viewed by 194

Special Issue Editors

1. Centro de Investigação de Montanha (CIMO), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
2. Laboratório Associado para a Sustentabilidade e Tecnologia em Regiões de Montanha (SusTEC), Instituto Politécnico de Bragança, Campus de Santa Apolónia, 5300-253 Bragança, Portugal
Interests: limnology; reservoirs; lakes and rivers; ecology; conservation and biodiversity; monitoring and management; water quality and freshwater ecosystems ecological integrity; anthropogenic Impacts; bioremediation, water efficiency and conservation
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1. Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR/CIMAR), University of Porto, Novo Edifício do Terminal de Cruzeiros do Porto de Leixões, Avenida General Norton de Matos, S/N, 4450-208 Matosinhos, Portugal
2. Institute of Science and Environment, University of St. Joseph, Rua de Londres 106, Macao 999078, China
Interests: water and wastewater treatment; environmental biotechnology; environmental engineering; phytomanagement; bioremediation; phytoremediation; nature-based solutions; freshwater ecosystem conservation and restoration; education for sustainability
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Water scarcity is one of the leading social and environmental problems faced by society. The leading causes of this phenomenon are: (1) freshwater ecosystems degradation; (2) increasing water pollution; and (3) the continuously rising of water demand due to population growth and growth and changing lifestyles, implying more intensive water use. In addition, climate changes will involve higher temperatures and changes in the intensity and patterns of precipitation, leading to more frequent droughts reducing water quantity and quality as well. Consequently, it is paramount to promote the restoration and rehabilitation of the freshwater and surrounding ecosystems and water use efficiency in urban, agricultural, and industrial areas, and prevent water pollution. Therefore, this Special Issue “Pathways for Water Conservation“ welcomes research in the format of original research papers, case studies, systematic reviews, and new insights addressing the following topics:

  • Nature-based and other technological solutions for water freshwater ecosystem restoration and rehabilitation;
  • Managing landscapes for water conservation;
  • Sowing water: soil and forest restoration and rehabilitation;
  • Nature-based and other technological solutions for remove water contaminants;
  • Alternative sources of water;
  • Urban water circularity;
  • Water sustainability in agriculture;
  • Water use efficiency in industry;
  • Sustainable water-energy buildings;
  • Green roofs and facades to promote water sustainability in urban areas;
  • Water reuse and harvesting technologies;
  • Water use efficiency;
  • Other relevant topics related to the scope covered by this Special Issue.

Dr. Ana Maria Antão Geraldes
Dr. Cristina Sousa Coutinho Calheiros
Guest Editors

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  • water conservation
  • water scarcity
  • nature-based solutions
  • water efficiency
  • water contaminants removal
  • urban water circularity
  • water sustainability

Published Papers

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