Special Issue "The Implications of Nonlinear, Complex System Behaviour for Managing Changing Climate Risk"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Climatology and Meteorology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Roger Jones

Victoria Institute of Strategic Economic Studies (VISES), Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria 8001, Australia
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Interests: catchment and integrated urban water management; climate change risk management; climate impact assessment and adaptation; complex systems science; decision support; ecological and institutional economics; integrated modelling approaches and transdisciplinary research; urban ecology

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

There are two schools of thought about how the climate changes under increasing greenhouse gases. One school considers that the forced component and internal variability are independent, with externally-forced atmospheric warming being gradual, surrounded by the uncertainty of (nonlinear) climate variability.

The other school of thought considers that added warming enhances climate variability, which, over decadal time scales, is fundamentally nonlinear. These nonlinearities are associated with step-like changes in steady state climate regimes. Under increased forcing, the nonlinear behaviour associated with climate variability would be enhanced, leading to more frequent regime changes. These would likely manifest on regional scales, even though, under sustained forcing, global warming is expected to follow a complex trend.

With the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report in its early stages, there is a very limited literature on managing the risk of nonlinear climate change on decadal timescales, yet nonlinear change poses a much greater risk than gradual change. If climate change on decision-making timescales proves to be fundamentally nonlinear, there will be a substantial gap in the assessment. This special issue invites submissions on all aspects of the implications of nonlinear climate change for risk management, from theory through to practice.

Prof. Dr. Roger Jones
Guest Editor

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  • climate risk assessment
  • decadal climate variability
  • climate change
  • regime change
  • complex system behaviour

Published Papers

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