Special Issue "Land-Use/Cover Change Impacts on Climate"
A special issue of Climate (ISSN 2225-1154).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2014)
Prof. Dr. Nicole Mölders
Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Geophysical Institute and College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, 903, Koyukuk Drive, Fairbanks, AK 99775-7320, USA
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Interests: human and natural impacts on weather; air quality and climate; land-cover/use impacts on cloud and precipitation formation; pollution in remote locations; wind energy; evaluation of air-quality model results
The world’s population has more than tripled since 1930. This increase in population has been accompanied with appreciable land-use/cover changes in accordance with the need to meet food demand, to provide housing and fresh water, as well as to meet increasing energy demands through bio-fuels. To accommodate the increasing demands for food, shelter, energy and water, water reservoirs have been established, cities have grown, forests have been cleared, fertilizers have been used, irrigation has been implemented and agricultural cropping decisions have been changed. Often the initiation of the land-use/cover changes goes along with emissions of climate relevant gases and/or aerosols. Concurrently, to the human initiated land-use/cover changes, natural land-use/cover changes occur in unmanaged landscapes in response to climate changes. Such changes could be the expansion/shrinking of ecosystems and alteration of ecosystem structure and function, changes in wildfires frequency, desertification, floods, etc.
All these land-use/cover changes affect the homogeneity/heterogeneity and diversity of landscapes. Thus, land-use/cover changes do not only affect climate via changes in mass and energy cycling (e.g. carbon flux, sensible and latent heat, etc.), but also via altered biogenic or anthropogenic emissions and their distribution, and changes in momentum fluxes.
This special issue is looking for papers that examine the various aspects related to land-use/cover changes on climate at all scales. Studies on the interaction of the biogeochemical and bio-geophysical within the framework of land-use/cover-climate feedbacks as well as papers documenting trends in land-use/cover changes and biogenic emissions are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. Nicole Mölders
Dr. Nathaniel Brunsell
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- Urbanization and megacities
- Land-use/cover changes
- Trends in land-use/cover
- Biome climate modeling
- Impacts of landscape heterogeneity/diversity on climate
- Greening of the Arctic
- Trends in NDVI, ecosystems, land-use/cover