About this Research Topic
The goal of the special collection is to develop insights into the link between human activities and impact on water and associated ecological, environmental, and built and sociological human systems, both during the recovery of the natural systems during the pandemic and possible subsequent degradation pathways as economic activities pickup up, including assessment of niche habitats that may provide long residence times for the virus and/or adverse impacts on ecosystems.. The rapid transient response presents an opportunity to capture the behavior of large, degraded, vulnerable but societally valuable systems both during the recovery and/or subsequent degradation, develop insights leading to hypothesis, theories, and predictive models, documented through compelling case studies and supporting data sets. Both direct and indirect impacts are possible. Direct impacts include water quality improvements owing to reduced industrial effluents while indirect impacts include changes in urban climate or land-atmosphere interactions owing to reduction in atmospheric pollution. Opportunities for assessing the cause and consequences of existing policies and practices, and development of alternate effective policies to preserve the recovered systems or guide systems for recovery, mitigate adverse impacts or enhance resilience are also possible.
This special section invites the following submission types: original research, preliminary insights, hypothesis and theory, new methods, perspective, conceptual analysis, data report and case studies, policy brief, brief research report, and opinion (for details of article types see https://www.frontiersin.org/journals/water#article-types)
Potential topics of interest are (we are open to other suggestions):
• Impact on water bodies
• Impact on water infrastructure
• Effluent management and water quality
• Impact on land-atmosphere interaction including vegetation activity and hydrometeorology
• Virus transport in the terrestrial and atmospheric environment
Keywords: COVID-19, Corona Virus, Water, Environment, Ecology, Human Systems
Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.