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Water Quality Indices, their Uses in Water Resources, Benefits and Limitations: A Three Decadal Analysis



Water quality indices and/or aggregators are used by researchers, scientists, engineers, and policy makers as a communication tool to summarize a large quantity of water quality data into simple terms  to inform a  non-technical audience (e.g., public) in a meaningful and consistent manner. This audience is typically not interested in specific water quality parameter values but is interested in the information that the water quality conveys regarding the suitability and safety of water for various beneficial water uses such as drinking, recreational, aquatic life, irrigation and agriculture.

Water quality indices are a powerful tool that converts data into information and information into knowledge. Those that employ water quality indices around the globe have also utilized these in the development of water resources management strategies that enable the remediation or conservation of beneficial water uses (e.g., Taiwanese Index of River Quality, US Scatterscore Index, Canadian Water Quality Index). The application of indices has strengthened water resources management and provided valuable knowledge to the public regarding the current state of their local and regional water quality and its trend. This special issue would focus on real world application by users of water quality indices and/or aggregators during the last three decades along with their benefits and limitations.

We are pleased to invite you to submit a manuscript to the Water Quality Research Journal for peer review and publication in a Special Issue entitled “Water Quality Indices, their Uses, Benefits and Limitations: A Three Decadal Analysis”.


Relevant topics include:

  • Uses of Water Quality Index and/or aggregators in natural resources sectors (e.g., forestry, agriculture, aquaculture)
  • Uses in drinking water and wastewater management
  • Site Specific uses
  • Application in watershed management
  • Uses to assess the effectiveness of best management practices
  • Application for trend analysis at a national scale (such as the Indian Overall Index of Pollution or the Canadian Environmental Sustainability Indicator)
  • Assessment of the impact of mining, of industrial activities, of contamination source and natural disasters such as flooding and wetland microbial communities.


Key dates:

Deadline for manuscript submission: July 31st 2024

Expected publication: Articles will be published online as soon as possible after acceptance.


Guest Editors:

Haseen Khan, Department of Environment and Climate Change, NL, Canada

Sandra Chidiac, Department of Agricultural and Food Engineering, School of Engineering, Holy Spirit University of Kaslik, Lebanon


How to submit:

Please make sure that your paper follows the Instructions to Authors of the journal, before submitting your paper directly to Water Quality Research Journal’s peer review system. Then choose the article type – ‘Special Issue Article OA’ and the submission category – ‘Special Issue: Water Quality Indices’. This will send your paper to one of the Guest Editors.

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