Special Issue "Estuaries Ecology and Coastal Marine Waters"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 29 February 2024 | Viewed by 4772
Interests: marine biogeochemistry; material cycles; stable isotopes; biomarkers
Riverbanks, estuarine, and marine coastal areas are the territories that were settled and developed by humans a long time ago. Two-thirds of the most populated cities are concentrated in these areas, and the main economic traffic flows to them. This makes estuarine areas and adjacent shelves very vulnerable to the effects of various types of natural changes and anthropogenic impacts. The study of processes occurring in the mouth areas of rivers has always been considered an essential complex of biological sciences, such as oceanology, hydrology, biology, and geochemistry. During the investigation of estuarine areas, scientists mostly focus on the study of geochemical barrier zones where riverine and marine waters mix. However, water flows are involved in the functioning of geosystems, which are connected in a single transport line (blocks of cascade systems) that carry the substance from the continent to the sea. Any mouth area includes several barrier zones: geochemical, dynamic, and biological. The contribution of individual zones to runoff transformation will depend on many factors determined by climate, water flow, mineralization, and the state of the aquatic ecosystem.
In this Special Issue, we want to collect high-quality scientific papers aimed at the comprehensive study of estuarine areas of rivers in different climate zones. We would like to consider the problems related to the transformation of organic matter in the water and sediment layers, the spatial and temporal variability of the abiotic characteristics of estuarine ecosystems under the influence of climate change, and the response of biological environmental parameters to these changes. We are very interested in scientific results that describe chemical and biological processes not only in the mixing zone of sea and river waters, but also on the adjacent shelf. The variability of habitats of flora and fauna in these heterogeneous environments also attracts our attention. We will be glad to consider the results of studies related to the chemistry and biology of the waters of the estuarine regions of the World Ocean, from the cold Arctic to warm equatorial latitudes.
Dr. Zhongqiao Li
Dr. Alexander Polukhin
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- chemical and biological processes
- biodiversity, from the Arctic to warm equatorial zones