Special Issue:

Hydrogeoethics in Sustainable Water Resources Management Facing Water Scarcity in Mediterranean and Surrounding Regions

Groundwater is the most abundant and widespread source of liquid freshwater on the planet. It is also currently a threatened water resource in terms of quantity and quality due to climate and anthropogenic stresses. Meanwhile, there are aquifers that remain untapped in regions or periods of water scarcity. The wide diversity, scale, significance and increasing magnitude of the interactions of anthropogenic behaviour with aquifers and groundwater, involving some degree of conflict of values or interests, decisions and demands from the agents involved, such as groundwater scientists, policymakers, managers, organizations, professionals, and citizens, call for a responsible and human approach to groundwater use and management. A concept change based on Responsible Integrated Water Resources Management is essential to characterize, evaluate, protect, operate and monitoring. Therefore, water resources investigations shall be based not only on sustainable technical-scientific studies but also on socioeconomic, cultural, heritage, and ethical challenges. In fact, the new insights on the novel approach called Hydrogeoethics in groundwater science and practice and the interlinkage with ethical philosophy, environmental law, sustainable environment, societal concerns and geoethics.


▶ Enhances readers’ understanding on the interrelated fields of hydrogeology, sustainable water resources management, environmental water law and geoethics

▶ Improves the understanding of water resources and geoethics in model regions in Europe, Africa and Middle-East, particularly MENA and surrounding regions

▶ Includes key studies that exemplify how hydrogeoethics can promote a more sustainable environment and better water resources management, within a geoethical framework

▶ Discusses the latest advances in groundwater management and geoethics from diverse backgrounds and highlights the role of the climate change and societal pressures in water management systems

Submitting authors should select the “SI Hydrogeoethics in Sustainable Water Resources Management Facing Water Scarcity in Mediterranean and Surrounding Regions” on the dropdown menu during the submission process. Manuscripts can be submitted on or before the deadline. All papers will be evaluated thoroughly through a single-blind peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (i. e. as soon as accepted) and will be listed directly one after the other on the special issue’s section at the journal’s website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting manuscripts are available on the journal’s “Instructions for Authors” page.

Guest Editors

Helder I. Chaminé (ISEP & IAH-GP, Porto, Portugal) (hic@isep.ipp.pt) (Handling Editor)

Manuel Abrunhosa (IAH-GP, Porto, Portugal) (manuel.abrunhosa@gmail.com)

Maurizio Barbieri (LSR, Rome, Italy) (maurizio.barbieri@uniroma1.it)

Acacia Naves (UDC, La Coruña, Spain) (anaves@udc.es)

Ezzoura Errami (FPS-CAU, Marrakech, Morocco) (errami.e@ucd.ac.ma)

Alexandra Aragão (FDUC, Coimbra, Portugal) (aaragao@fd.uc.pt)

Giuseppe di Capua (INVG & IAPG, Rome, Italy) (giuseppe.dicapua@ingv.it)

Deadlines and key-dates

1. Invitation by Guest Editors to the potential authors and best communications from GEOETH & GWM’20 (https://geoeth-gwm2019.wixsite.com/porto) and confirmation of the acceptance by authors. However, attendance to the conference is not mandatory and anyone interested in the topic can submit his/her work: 13th July 2020

2. Full manuscript submission deadline by authors: 31th March 2021

3. Print publication of the SI: expected July 2021