Special Issue "Changes in precipitation and impacts on regional water resources"


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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2014)

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Heejun Chang
Department of Geography Institute for Sustainable Solutions Portland State University Portland, OR 97201, USA
Website: http://www.web.pdx.edu/~changh/
E-Mail: changh@pdx.edu
Phone: 503-725-3162
Interests: hydrology and water resources; climate change impacts on hydrology and water resources; spatial hydrology; water-related ecosystem services; integrated water resource management

Guest Editor
Dr. Yonas B. Dibike
EC / W-CIRC, University of Victoria, PO BOX 3060 STN CSC, Victoria, British Columbia, V8W 3R4, Canada
Website: http://web.uvic.ca/~wcirc/english/staff/YonasBio-eng.php
E-Mail: Yonas.Dibike@ec.gc.ca
Interests: climate change impacts in hydrology and water resources; hydro-climate analysis; statistical downscaling of hydro-climate variables

Guest Editor
Dr. Monica Ionita-Scholz
Alfred Wegener Institut für Polar und Meeresforschung - AWI, (Institute for Polar and Marine Research), Bussestrasse 24, 27570 Bremerhaven, Germany
Website: http://www.awi.de/People/show?mionita
E-Mail: Monica.Ionita@awi.de
Interests: climate variability; hydroclimatology; streamflow variability and predictability; climate reconstructions from proxy data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Changes to regional water availability will affect many aspects of human society, from agricultural productivity and energy use to flood control, municipal and industrial water supply, and fisheries and wildlife management. Water is tremendously important for both society and nature, and analyzing recent changes in precipitation regimes is a very important step towards understanding how such changes could affect regional water availability.

This special issue is looking for papers that examine the various aspects of spatial and temporal changes in precipitation and related parameters [e.g Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI), Standardized Precipitation and Evaporation Index (SPEI)] at all temporal and spatial scales. Studies may include analysis of changes in observed trends and variability in precipitation and related parameters, variability in precipitation and changes in atmospheric teleconnection patterns, changes in precipitation recycling, changes in extreme precipitation events that are associated with extreme hydrologic events (e.g., floods and droughts), and changes in the monsoon with climate change and regional impacts on water resources. Both empirical data analysis and regional climate modeling studies as they relate to changes in precipitation regimes are considered.

Prof. Dr. Heejun Chang
Dr. Yonas Dibike
Dr. Monica Ionita-Scholz
Guest Editors


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  • precipitation changes
  • precipitation pattern
  • trends in precipitation
  • water availability
  • climate change
  • monsoon climate
  • extreme precipitation
  • atmospheric teleconnections
  • drought indices

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p. 296-309
Climate 2014, 2(4), 296-309; doi:10.3390/cli2040296
Received: 20 May 2014; in revised form: 22 September 2014 / Accepted: 28 September 2014 / Published: 15 October 2014
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Climate 2014, 2(4), 264-278; doi:10.3390/cli2040264
Received: 10 April 2014; in revised form: 5 September 2014 / Accepted: 17 September 2014 / Published: 26 September 2014
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Climate 2014, 2(3), 206-222; doi:10.3390/cli2030206
Received: 17 April 2014; in revised form: 1 September 2014 / Accepted: 3 September 2014 / Published: 17 September 2014
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Climate 2014, 2(2), 28-46; doi:10.3390/cli2020028
Received: 6 January 2014; in revised form: 27 February 2014 / Accepted: 26 March 2014 / Published: 22 April 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
Author: Arelia Werner
Affiliation: Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium
Title: Characterizing the Water Balance of the Sooke Reservoir, British Columbia, over the Last Century
Abstract: "Infrastructure such as dams and reservoirs are critical water-supply features in several regions of the world. However, ongoing population growth, increased demand, and climate variability/change necessitate the better understanding of these systems particularly, in terms of their contemporary water-balance components and longer-term trends and variability. The Sooke Reservoir (SR) of British Columbia, Canada is one such reservoir that currently supplies water to ~300,000 people, and is subject to considerable inter and intra-seasonal climatic variations. The main objectives of this study are to better understand the characteristics of the SR through an in-depth assessment of the contemporary (1996-2005) water balance components (when the basin was intensively monitored) and an analysis of longer-term (~100 years) hydro-climatic variability as measured by two drought indices, the Standard Precipitation Index (SPI) and the Standard Precipitation Evaporation Index (SPEI). Estimates of runoff and evaporation were validated by comparing simulated change in storage (computed by adding inputs and subtracting outputs from the known water levels by month) to observed change in storage. An extremely high evaporation, dry season and extremely low precipitation, wet season were identified in the near-term intensively monitored period. These events were shown to be extreme in magnitude versus other droughts over the long-term record according to the SPEI and used to construct a worst-case drought scenario. A significant trend toward drier conditions was shown by SPEI over 1919 to 2005, while the SPI showed moistening. This suggests rising temperatures have increased drought conditions in the SR despite more precipitation."

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