Special Issue "Climate Change and Development in South Asia"


A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2015)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Nir Y. Krakauer
Department of Civil Engineering, 193 Steinman Hall, City College of New York, New York, NY 10031, USA
Website: http://www-ce.ccny.cuny.edu/nir/
Interests: climate change; water resources planning; groundwater; land-atmosphere interaction; sustainable agriculture; urban ecological design; carbon cycle monitoring; renewable energy resource assessment; probabilistic forecasting; data assimilation; model uncertainty assessment
Guest Editor
Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar
NOAA-Cooperative Remote Sensing & Technology (CREST) Center, The City College of the City University of New York ST-103, Steinman Hall, 160 Convent Ave, New York, NY 10031, USA
Website: http://lakhankar.com/
Phone: 2126505815
Fax: +1 212 650 8097
Interests: utilization of satellite data, Geographical Information System, information technologies to study the impact of climate change and variability on water resource availability and hydrologic responses of both urban and natural watersheds, land use / land cover monitoring, environmental monitoring and assessment, and their sustainable development
Guest Editor
Dr. Soni M. Pradhanang
Department of Geosciences, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI 02881, USA
Website: http://www.geo.hunter.cuny.edu/~spradhanang/
Interests: water resources, water quality, climate change, modeling, nutrients transport, forest ecology
Guest Editor
Dr. Vishnu Pandey
Asian Institute of Technology and Management (AITM), Knowledge Village, Khumaltar Height, P.O.Box: Lalitpur -25, Nepal
Website: http://www.aitm.edu.np/
Interests: climate change vulnerability and adaptation in water sector; GIS application in water management; groundwater development and management; hydrological modeling; water-energy-carbon nexus; water resources development and management; socio-economic aspects of water management interventions
Guest Editor
Dr. Madan Lall Shrestha
Nepal Academyof Science and Technology Khumaltar, Lalitpu, Nepal
Website: http://www.nast.org.np
Phone: +977 1 5547717
Fax: +977 1 5547713
Interests: Climate variability and climate change, climate and weather modeling, glacier dynamics, Adaptation to climate change

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

South Asia’s people and ecologies are highly vulnerable to anthropogenic climate change. Such change arises from both global greenhouse gas emissions and from regional aerosol emissions and land use change. This Special Issue welcomes innovative approaches for supporting human development and resilience and for maintaining biological diversity and ecosystem services in mountain and lowland South Asia. Of interest are original investigations of climate science, mitigation, and adaptation in the region, as well as integrations of science, policy, and action for broad-based, sustainable improvements in living standards.

Potential topics include: global and regional causes and impacts of climate change affecting South Asia; improvements in weather, climate, and hazard forecasting, including monsoon prediction and decision support systems; disseminating climate science to stakeholders; water resource management, including modeling, impact assessment, governance, sustainable irrigation, and mitigating water-related health risks and disasters; agriculture and livestock modeling, impact assessment, vulnerability analysis, and strategies for resilience; and climate resilience for disempowered and marginalized people and groups.

This special issue is associated with the conference "International Conference on Climate Change Innovation and Resilience for Sustainable Livelihood", which will be held from 12–14 January 2015, in Kathmandu, Nepal

The conference will focus on approaches of the physical and social sciences to support economic development in mountain and lowland South Asia, which faces climate hazards along with food security, water and soil management and environmental justice challenges. Eminent scientists, policymakers, and development workers in both nonprofit and for-profit enterprises will discuss promising new approaches for integrating science, policy, and action. There will be opportunities for developing knowledge sharing hubs, regional working groups, action plans and pilot projects for regional climate change adaptation.

The four conference themes are:

[1] Climate Change: Climate Science and Modeling, Impacts and Adaptation Assessment, Hazard Prediction and Preparedness;

[2] Water Resource Management: Hydrologic Modeling, Snow and Glacier, Governance, Efficiency and Sustainability;

[3] Agriculture and Livestock: Food Security, Crop Modeling, Soil and Water Management for Resilience;

[4] Gender and Livelihood: Health, Environmental Justice, Development for Marginalized Groups.

Abstract submission: 15 July 2014
Abstract selection notification: 15 August 2014
Full paper submission for conference proceedings: 31 October 2014
Early bird registration: 30 November 2014
Final paper submission to journal special issues: 30 April 2015

For more information and submission of abstracts: http://climdev15.org/ or e-mail climdev15@gmail.com

Dr. Nir Y. Krakauer
Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar
Dr. Soni M. Pradhanang
Dr. Vishnu Prasad Pandey
Guest Editors


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  • regional climate change
  • South Asian monsoon
  • climate change impacts
  • rural development
  • land cover and land use change
  • resilience
  • sustainability
  • environmental justice

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n° 4
by , , , , , , ,  and
Climate 2016, 4(1), 4; doi:10.3390/cli4010004
Received: 11 October 2015 / Revised: 16 December 2015 / Accepted: 23 December 2015 / Published: 5 January 2016
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p. 858-875
by ,  and
Climate 2015, 3(4), 858-875; doi:10.3390/cli3040858
Received: 5 September 2015 / Revised: 16 October 2015 / Accepted: 22 October 2015 / Published: 3 November 2015
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p. 689-696
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Climate 2015, 3(3), 689-696; doi:10.3390/cli3030689
Received: 11 March 2015 / Accepted: 11 August 2015 / Published: 19 August 2015
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p. 329-348
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Climate 2015, 3(2), 329-348; doi:10.3390/cli3020329
Received: 19 March 2015 / Revised: 20 April 2015 / Accepted: 24 April 2015 / Published: 28 April 2015
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p. 210-226
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Climate 2015, 3(1), 210-226; doi:10.3390/cli3010210
Received: 21 November 2014 / Revised: 26 January 2015 / Accepted: 16 February 2015 / Published: 5 March 2015
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