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International Journal of Water
International Journal of Water


Special Issue on: "Groundwater and Surface Water Interactions"

Guest Editor: Prof. Saeid Eslamian, Princeton University, USA

Water is vital for all of us. We depend on its good quality - and quantity - for drinking, recreation, use in industry and growing crops. It also is vital to sustaining the natural systems on and under the earth's surface. Groundwater is a hidden resource. At one time, its purity and availability were taken for granted. Now contamination and availability are serious issues.

One of the most commonly used forms of groundwater comes from unconfined shallow water table aquifers. These aquifers are major sources of drinking and irrigation water. They also interact closely with streams, sometimes flowing (discharging) water into a stream or lake and sometimes receiving water from the stream or lake.

An unconfined aquifer that feeds streams is said to provide the stream's base flow. In fact, groundwater can be responsible for maintaining the hydrologic balance of surface streams, springs, lakes, wetlands and marshes. This is why successful watershed partnerships with a special interest in a particular stream, lake or other surface water body always have a special interest in the unconfined aquifer, adjacent to the water body.

The source of groundwater (recharge) is through precipitation or surface water that percolates downward. Approximately 5-50% (depending on climate, land use, soil type, geology and many other factors) of annual precipitation results in groundwater recharge. In some areas, streams literally recharge the aquifer through stream bed infiltration, called losing streams. Left untouched, groundwater naturally arrives at a balance, discharging and recharging depending on hydrologic conditions.

The aim of this special issue is to preserve, enhance, and restore water quality through a comprehensive understanding of the hydrologic cycle, with particular focus on collaborative engagement between surface water and groundwater researchers, facilitating an increased knowledge of surface water and groundwater interaction.

Subject Coverage
Papers are welcome on, but not limited to, the following topics:
  • Contaminated groundwater in tidally influenced areas
  • Developing quality and quantity mathematical models
  • Sewage and pollution issues
  • Determining methods for bridging gaps at the ground and surface water interaction
  • Creek restoration in areas of contaminated groundwater
  • Comprehensive groundwater protection programmes
  • Development of a long-term, integrated management approach
  • Wetland restoration projects and groundwater development
  • Quantifying impacts from groundwater pumping and surface water flows
  • Sole source aquifer programme
  • Tsunami impacts of shallow groundwater
  • Source water protection programme
  • Efficient groundwater pricing
  • Wellhead protection programme
  • Integrating special issues on groundwater
  • Groundwater management
  • Water spreading projects
  • Artificial recharge case studies
  • Groundwater rights
  • Economical analysis of water use
  • Model simulations for the interaction
  • Recent applications of groundwater management modeling
  • Assessing nonpoint source contaminated ground water discharge to surface water
  • Pesticide, fertilizer and ground water strategy
  • Pollutant reduction and pollution prevention
  • Conjunctive use of ground and surface water
  • Urban area development and groundwater
  • Well construction/closure standards
  • Ecological impacts in groundwater
  • Methods controlling the degree of the interaction
  • Isotope techniques in water resources development and management
  • Benthic macro invertebrate responses
  • Freshwater and saltwater interaction
  • Controlling saltwater intrusion
  • Case studies in arid zones

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscript Submission: 30 October 2007

Reviewer Selection: 30 November 2007

Manuscript First Review: 30 December 2007

Author Notification of First Review: 30 January 2007

Paper Resubmission: 28 March 2008

Manuscript Second Review: 30 April 2008

Author Notification of Second Review: 30 May 2008

Paper Resubmission: 30 June 2008

Manuscript Third Review: 30 July 2008

Author Notification of Third Review: 30 August 2008

Acceptance or Rejection: 30 September 2008

Guest Editor Report: 30 October 2008