The scope of this Interest Group (IG) includes research related to freshwater salinization including:
Identifying the main causes of freshwater salinization around the world and quantifying their impact on aquatic ecosystems.
Assessing the toxicity of the different ions related to freshwater salinization on freshwater biota.
Assessing the impact of freshwater salinization on different ecosystem functions (e.g., nutrient cycling) and trophic interactions (e.g., by reducing predation efficiency), and exploring the existence of threshold levels causing the disruption of ecosystem functioning.
Investigating the interaction of freshwater salinization with others stressors (e.g., drought, eutrophication, metal toxicity, pesticides).
Developing new techniques and methods for the analysis of freshwater salinization.
Developing biotic indices for the monitoring of freshwater salinization.
Promoting best practices for the management and restoration of salinized freshwater ecosystems.
Facilitating the transference of scientific knowledge to all the sectors of society.