Special Issue "Climate Information and Climatic Risk Management"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2020.

Special Issue Editor

Mr. Michael Kruk
Guest Editor
NOAA/National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, USA
Interests: user engagement; climate change; drought; freshwater flooding; climate adaptation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Over the last decade, developing climate products based on user requirements to address complex natural resource management issues and evaluate climate risk has taken on a more visible role in the climate arena.  Such products can help users to explore the frequency and distribution of extreme events historically, how they may be changing in the future, and what climate adaptation and mitigation strategies have been the most successful in minimizing their impacts. This Special Issue of Atmosphere focuses on climate information and climatic risk management. We seek research studies that examine user engagement strategies for disseminating and improving climate information, adaptation decision-making, and ways in which sectors (e.g., agriculture, energy, and water resources) are applying climatic information to manage future risk. Both observational and modeling approaches are welcome. Manuscripts may also focus on the impacts of climate change as it relates to mitigating risk, including rainfall and associated flooding, drought, large waves, extreme heat and/or cold, tropical cyclones, and tornadoes. We welcome manuscripts that incorporate data from paleoclimatological investigations in future scenarios under changing climatic conditions. We also wish to include studies that examine the societal benefits of applying climate information and engaging with people and the environment. This includes risk communication and evacuation, vulnerability and recovery, and impacts to ecosystems, infrastructure, and health.

Mr. Michael Kruk
Guest Editor

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  • Climate Change
  • Social Science
  • Extreme Heat/Cold
  • Drought/Flooding
  • Co-Design
  • Mutual Learning
  • Information Sharing
  • Climate Risk

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Progress in Climate–Agricultural Vulnerability Assessment in Nigeria
Atmosphere 2020, 11(2), 190; https://doi.org/10.3390/atmos11020190 - 11 Feb 2020
: An in-depth understanding of the impact of vulnerability on livelihoods and food security is important in deploying effective adaptation actions. The Nigerian agricultural sector is dominated by rainfed and non-homogenous smallholder farming systems. A number of climate change risk studies have emerged [...] Read more.
: An in-depth understanding of the impact of vulnerability on livelihoods and food security is important in deploying effective adaptation actions. The Nigerian agricultural sector is dominated by rainfed and non-homogenous smallholder farming systems. A number of climate change risk studies have emerged in the last decade. However, little attention has been given to vulnerability assessments and the operationalization of vulnerability. To highlight this shortcoming, this study systematically reviewed climate-change-focused vulnerability assessments in the agricultural sector by evaluating (1) variation in climate variables in Nigeria over time; (2) the state of climate change vulnerability assessment in Nigerian agriculture; (3) the theoretical foundations, operationalization approaches, and frameworks of vulnerability assessments in Nigeria; (4) the methods currently used in vulnerability assessments; and (5) lessons learned from the vulnerability studies. We used a linear trend of climatic data spanning over a period of 56 years (1961–2016) obtained from the Nigerian Meteorological Agency and the Climate Research Unit of the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom, along with a systematic review of literature to achieve the objectives. The analysis indicates a significant and positive correlation between temperature and time in all major agro-ecological zones. For precipitation, we found a non-significant correlation between precipitation in the Sahel, Sudan, and Guinea Savanna zones with time, while the other zones recorded positive but significant associations between precipitation and time. The systematic review findings indicate no clear progress in publications focused specifically on vulnerability assessments in the Nigerian agricultural sector. There has been progress recently in applying frameworks and methods. However, there are important issues that require addressing in vulnerability assessments, including low consideration for indigenous knowledge and experience, unclear operationalization of vulnerability, non-standardization of vulnerability measures, and inadequacy of current assessments supporting decision making. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Information and Climatic Risk Management)
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