Special Issue "Ecological Impacts of Climate Change"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 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/
E-Mail: nkrakauer@ccny.cuny.edu
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/
E-Mail: tlakhankar@ccny.cuny.edu
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

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climate change is shifting species and biome boundaries in complex ways. There is concern that, when combined with directly human-caused loss of habitat, climate change may contribute to mass extinction. There is a pressing need to identify the most vulnerable taxa and ecosystems so as to develop management strategies that promote ecological resilience amid change.

Potential topics include: quantifying causes and impacts of climate change in particular ecosystems; spatiotemporal variability (including seasonal dynamics and microclimates) and biodiversity; modeling and forecasting coupled climate and biological dynamics; ecosystems and biogeochemical cycles; ecosystem management that balances human needs with those of other species; ecosystem conservation and restoration under climate change; and approaches for decision making involving many stakeholders and pervasive uncertainty.

Dr. Nir Y. Krakauer
Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar
Guest Editors


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  • biodiversity, carbon cycle
  • climate change impacts
  • invasive species
  • land cover and land use change
  • life zones
  • microclimate
  • nutrient cycles
  • phenology

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Climate 2015, 3(1), 63-77; doi:10.3390/cli3010063
Received: 8 October 2014 / Accepted: 15 December 2014 / Published: 24 December 2014
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Type of Paper: Article
Ecological impacts of climate change in Brazil and opportunities for ecosystem-based adaptation: the case of the unique Amazon and Caatinga biomes
Martin Obermaier, Roger R. Torres, Patricia F. Pinho, and David M. Lapola
Centro Latino-Americano de estudos de violência e saúde Jorge Careli
Two important ecological consequences of climate change relate to shifts in species' ranges ('i.e. where species can live and reproduce'), and shifts in phenology of biological processes ('related to timing of seasonal biological activities') . In Brazil's highly endemic Caatinga (dry forest) and Amazon tropical rainforest these pressures coincide with ongoing environmental degradation and human socioeconomic adaptation needs. This paper has two objectives: (1) using an updated set of AR5 climate scenarios in this paper we identify ecological hotspots in terms of shifts in range and phenology; (2) we identify and discuss successful cases of ecosystem-based adaptation in both biomes that contribute to building ecological resilience and reducing social vulnerability to climate change. A discussion of future research and policy planning needs closes this paper.

Type of Paper: Article
Plant migrations role on carbon balance from climate change in northern North America
Steve Flanagan
Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, 2181 Samuel J. LeFrak Hall, College Park, MD 20742
The paper initializes a dynamic ecosystem with remote sensing data on plant functional type (evergreen and deciduous) in northern North America.  Climate change scenarios are then run to get a potential range of plant functional type boundary shifts and their associate carbon impacts on above ground biomass.  Migration is pseudo-spatially parameterized in the model which allows for simulation of the entire domain.  A model experimental design with and without climate change, migration and disturbance rates is used to determine the impact of migration on future carbon balance.

Last update: 28 April 2015

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