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Special Issue "Recent Progress in River Biogeochemistry Research"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Y. Jun Xu

School of Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803, USA
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Phone: +1-225-578-4168
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Interests: surface hydrology, water quality, hydrologic and biogeochemical processes and modeling, sediment and nutrient transport, land use and climate change effects on water resources and biogeochemical cycles, isotopic tracer techniques, and GIS/Remote Sensing applications in surface hydrology
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Laodong Guo

School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 600 E Greenfield Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53204, USA
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Phone: 414-382-1742
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Interests: dissolved organic matter; phosphorus cycling; aquatic colloids; CDOM; metal-DOM interactions; aquatic biogeochemistry
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Jerome Gaillardet

Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France
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Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Houjie Wang

College of Marine Geosciences, Ocean University of China, 238 Songling Rd., Qingdao 266100, China
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We invite you to submit your latest research findings showing progress in River Biogeochemistry to a special issue in Water (ISSN 2073-4441) – an open access journal (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/water). The world rivers discharge tremendous amounts of freshwater and dissolved and suspended solids to the sea, affecting physical, chemical, and biological domains of coastal and marine systems. The quantity and quality of the riverine outflows can be greatly affected by a number of factors in the drainage basins, including natural (e.g. climate fluctuation, earth surface, geochemical and terrestrial ecosystems processes), anthropogenic (e.g. land use change and river engineering) and the interactions with floodplains and wetlands. Over the past decades, many river basins have experienced significant climate, environmental and ecological changes. Concurrently, population growth and economic development have seen large areas of rural land converted for urban and industrial development. It is pertinent to quantify how these changes may have modified flow, sediment transport, and metal, nutrient and carbon fluxes from small and large rivers at a global scale. This special issue aims at bringing together the latest endeavors of research on material transport and biogeochemical processes along the aquatic continuum from river to estuary/coastal waters. We encourage submissions reporting the recent findings in the biogeochemistry of carbon, nutrients and trace elements from field observations, laboratory characterization, modeling, and synthetic studies of river systems, and we especially encourage papers that address the world’s large river systems and stimulate critical thinking pertinent to riverine biogeochemistry and its influence to the coastal and marine systems.

Prof. Dr. Y. Jun Xu
Prof. Dr. Laodong Guo
Prof. Dr. Jerome Gaillardet
Prof. Dr. Houjie Wang
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Water is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • River geochemistry
  • Biogeochemical processes of rivers
  • Riverine fluxes of carbon, nutrients, metals, and suspended sediment
  • Sediment and chemical constituents transport
  • Colloid chemistry in rivers
  • Biogeochemical connectivity of rivers, floodplains and wetlands
  • Climate and land use change effects on river biogeochemistry
  • Element transformation in freshwater-saltwater mixing
  • River data and modeling infrastructure

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.

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