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Safe and Sustainable Water in Cities


Submit to PLOS Water’s call for papers to get your Safe and Sustainable Water in Cities research in front of a global, interdisciplinary audience. Submission deadline, February 17, 2023.

Feb 17 2023

Silvia Bofill-Mas
University of Barcelona

Sustainable Development Goal on water and sanitation seeks to ensure safe drinking water and sanitation for all, focusing on the sustainable management of water resources. It’s time to take into account urban scenarios of water demand and predict the impact of global change in water resources. Understanding the mechanisms leading to improved water management will lead to better policy design and adaptation and will help in the new plans of uses and integrated water management in cities.

Over the next four decades, virtually all global population growth will occur in cities. Urbanization results from natural population increases among city dwellers, rural-to-urban migration, and administrative reclassification through expanding urban boundaries. Each form of city growth has effects on the quality and availability of fresh water in the urban watershed, rates of groundwater recharge, infiltration, runoff, and discharge of pollutants, including microbial pollutants and emergent contaminants.

This call for papers invites submissions from researchers and practitioners in any field or sector that contribute new insights to the theme of fresh water in cities, with particular emphasis on pollution and water quality. We particularly encourage submissions from authors who utilize open science resources such as data and code repositories, and from communities whose voices are historically under-represented in the freshwater field.


Read more about PLOS Water's first Call for Papers


PLOS Water connects researchers across the hydrology, water resources, and water, sanitation and hygiene communities, amplifying a diverse set of voices to influence the global discourse around fresh water. Our journal drives Open Science water research forward to foster a deeper understanding of these interconnected issues, and to empower researchers, local and Indigenous communities, water professionals, and organizations from across the globe to take positive, evidence-based action in order to address some of the most pressing issues our planet faces.

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Abishek S Narayan
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology


Sílvia Bofill-Mas
University of Barcelona


Jennifer Davis 
Stanford University



Pierre Horwitz
Edith Cowan University

As the world continues to rapidly urbanize, cities face the challenge of water insecurity at an unprecedented scale. We urgently need research that comprehensively looks at both the hardware (infrastructure and technological aspects) and the software (service and social aspects) of urban water management. And this first Call for Papers at PLOS Water is a step in the direction in making this knowledge available and accessible to all.
Abishek S Narayan
Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology

Submit your paper to PLOS Water to be considered for this Collection.

Mention the Safe and Sustainable Water in Cities Call for Papers in your cover letter. The Collection will publish in 2023.

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