Special Issue "Agrometeorology"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 August 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Demetrios E. Tsesmelis
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Guest Editor
1. School of Science and Technology, Hellenic Open University, 26335 Patras, Greece
2. Department of Natural Resources Development and Agricultural Engineering, Agricultural University of Athens, 11855 Athens, Greece
3. Science & Data Analysis Department, NEUROPUBLIS S.A., 18545 Piraeus, Greece
Interests: integrated water resources management; drought management; contingency planning; drought vulnerability; desertification vulnerability; composite index; water and land degradation
Dr. Nikolaos Skondras
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Guest Editor
Global Water Partnership-Mediterranean (GWP-Med), 10556 Athens, Greece
Interests: integrated water resources management; non-conventional water resources; water treatment; wastewater treatment; composite index; water scarcity; water stress; resilience; vulnerability
Dr. Nikolaos Proutsos
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Guest Editor
Institute of Mediterranean Forest Ecosystems, Hellenic Agricultural Organization "DEMETER", Terma Akmanos, 11528 Athens, Greece
Interests: forest micrometeorology; agrometeorology; evapotranspiration; droughts; plant–water relations

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Weather and climate variabilities impact plants’ and animals’ physiological processes. Agrometeorology is the science that studies the physical connections and interactions between weather/climate and agriculture, including croplands, forests, and livestock. Those processes and impacts are critical for the conservation and protection of natural ecosystems and also to sustain the productivity of agricultural systems. The influence of temperature, humidity, radiation, wind, and other related meteorological and biometeorological parameters in small temporal and spatial scales is within the scope of this Special Issue. Evapotranspiration (ET) and other mass and energy fluxes are also the main parameters in agrometeorology. In particular, the estimation of ET is essential for determining precise agricultural water requirements, irrigation scheduling, and the balance between water supply (available water resources) and demand. The available water resources play a key role in the agricultural sector, while an increasing share of overconsumption of vulnerable areas is due to the intensification of this sector and mainly because of over-irrigation. In arid and semi-arid areas, dependence on groundwater for water supply is significantly higher compared to other areas. It should be mentioned that water users of these areas continue to overexploit stocks during droughts without sufficiently considering their limited availability; this lack of agricultural water management further contributes to the environmental degradation of these areas. In addition, drought is an “insidious” natural hazard due to the reduction, at an unsuspected time, of the expected rainfall in an area or hydrological basin.

This Special issue focuses on agrometeorology aspects including recent experimental and modeling works in rural microenvironments and broader regions. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Micrometeorology micrometeorological measurements;
  • Evapotranspiration and other mass (carbon, water, etc.) and energy fluxes;
  • Radiation availability for photosynthesis and optical characteristics of plants;
  • Radiation distribution in canopies;
  • Droughts and impacts on plants;
  • Agricultural water management;
  • Irrigation management;
  • Weather factors’ effect on phytopathology and plant diseases;
  • Harmful organisms;
  • Effects of temperature and water availability on plants and animals;
  • Weather impact on honey production and bees’ behavior and productivity;
  • Impacts of climate and climate change on forests and agricultural crops;
  • Relations between climate attribute and biodiversity;
  • Hydrological processes;
  • Evapotranspiration models and evaluation;
  • Agroclimatology;
  • Comparison of biometeorological and bioclimatic indices;
  • Methods and data validation;
  • Remote sensing and crop modeling;
  • Future projections;
  • Aridity and changes of climate;
  • Impacts of vegetation on rural microclimate;
  • Changes in phenology of plants and animals;
  • Plant ecophysiology.

Dr. Demetrios E. Tsesmelis
Dr. Nikolaos Skondras
Dr. Nikolaos Proutsos
Guest Editors

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  • soil–plant–atmosphere continuum
  • micrometeorology
  • forest ecosystems
  • climate change
  • agricultural production
  • droughts
  • drought impacts
  • irrigation management
  • evapotranspiration
  • radiation fluxes
  • plant growth
  • plant–weather relations

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Evaluating the Degradation of Natural Resources in the Mediterranean Environment Using the Water and Land Resources Degradation Index, the Case of Crete Island
Atmosphere 2022, 13(1), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos13010135 - 14 Jan 2022
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Natural resources degradation poses multiple challenges particularly to environmental and economic processes. It is usually difficult to identify the degree of degradation and the critical vulnerability values in the affected systems. Thus, among other tools, indices (composite indicators) may also describe these complex [...] Read more.
Natural resources degradation poses multiple challenges particularly to environmental and economic processes. It is usually difficult to identify the degree of degradation and the critical vulnerability values in the affected systems. Thus, among other tools, indices (composite indicators) may also describe these complex systems or phenomena. In this approach, the Water and Land Resources Degradation Index was applied to the fifth largest Mediterranean island, Crete, for the 1999–2014 period. The Water and Land Resources Degradation Index uses 11 water and soil resources related indicators: Aridity Index, Water Demand, Drought Impacts, Drought Resistance Water Resources Infrastructure, Land Use Intensity, Soil Parent Material, Plant Cover, Rainfall, Slope, and Soil Texture. The aim is to identify the sensitive areas to degradation due to anthropogenic interventions and natural processes, as well as their vulnerability status. The results for Crete Island indicate that prolonged water resources shortages due to low average precipitation values or high water demand (especially in the agricultural sector), may significantly affect Water and Land degradation processes. Hence, Water and Land Resources Degradation Index could serve as an extra tool to assist policymakers to improve their decisions to combat Natural Resources degradation. Full article
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Tentative Title: Correlation between the extreme temperature values and the TEVY index
Authors: Th.Kalyvas, E. Zervas
Abstract: The TEVY (temperature variability within one year) index is a new index to quantify the temperature variability within a year, by comparing the daily real temperature with the temperature estimated using a Fourier transform. The sum of these differences give the value of this index. The evolution of the TEVY index in time can show the evolution of the temperature variability. The basic theory and applications of this index are presented in several conferences. In this work, this index will be decomposed and the number of days with temperature difference of 1oC, 2C,3oC,etc between the measured temperature and the temperature estimated from the Fourier transform will be compared with the high and low extreme values of temperature for each year. This comparison will show if the TEVY index can be used to quantify the extreme temperature values and their evolution in time. Several meteorological stations, of different climate zones of Greece, will be used as pilots for this evaluation.
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