Dr. Chansheng He, Western Michigan University
Dr. Frank Winde, North West University, South Africa
Climate change and human activities have unprecedentedly altered the hydrological processes and ecosystem services of watersheds all over the world, causing or exacerbating local and regional water crises, threatening ecosystem integrity, and compromising water sustainability. Understanding the effects of interactions and dynamics of such coupled human and natural systems on eco-hydrological processes at the watershed scale is essential for addressing and adapting to global environmental change.
The special issue on Water Sustainability and Watershed Ecosystem Health contains four articles from diverse geographic regions of Asia, Europe, and North America. The articles address the impacts of climate change, urbanization and water works, human settlement and expansion, and phosphorous (P) consumption and scarcity on watershed processes and ecosystem health at multiple spatial and temporal scales, respectively.
We hope this special issue serves as “food for thought” to stimulate discussion and debates on water sustainability and watershed ecosystem health. Particularly, we invite research and submissions on, but not limited to, the following subjects:
Understanding of the processes, patterns and interactions of coupled human and natural systems over multiple spatial and temporal scales
Quantification of the impacts and feedbacks of such coupled systems on eco-hydrological processes
Valuation of water resources and related ecosystem services
Assessment of water sustainability and ecosystem health
Development and implementation of adaptation, mitigation, and management strategies to achieve water sustainability and ecosystem health over multiple spatial and temporal scales