Special Issue "Climate Change Impacts at Various Geographical Scales"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Effie Kostopoulou
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Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Interests: synoptic climatology with particular emphasis on the Mediterranean region; relationships between atmospheric circulation processes and surface climate conditions; climate change and socio-economic impacts; climate extreme events; climate models and climate indices
Dr. Sotirios Koukoulas
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Department of Geography, University of the Aegean, Lesbos, Greece
Interests: geographic information science; remote sensing; spatial statistics; land change science; environmental monitoring and modeling; environmental inequalities; spatial planning; climate change impacts
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The change of earth’s climate has gained increasing attention mainly due to the potential impacts it might induce. Climate change is expected to trigger disruptive environmental events with impacts that could pose significant risks to societies and economies.

This special issue focuses on the multidisciplinary nature of  climate change research which employs, apart from the natural sciences, scientists from social, political, and economic fields. The scientific basis for climate change is now established and many studies focus on the potential impacts on a variety of socio-economic sectors such as, human health, food security, ecosystems, agriculture, forestry, fishery, tourism, water resources, and energy demand. The rise of interdisciplinary research on climate change and its effects, highlighted the need for available data on several spatial scales, from local and regional to global scales.

Moreover, modern technologies that facilitate data availability and analysis are of particular interest. Advances in database technology allow researchers and end-users to manage large databases. Technology improvements generate better sets of data in terms of accuracy, resolution, coverage and allow the implementation of innovative methods to evaluate or/and combat the effects of climate change including the risk assessment for natural disasters. Application of global and regional climate data are used to study atmospheric processes and the changes in global and regional climate. Many applications require data at finer scales, setting the priorities for the development of novel downscaling techniques.

Nowadays, significant amount of climate data, useful in climate change research, become available from satellites, as satellite imagery provides valuable information for the atmospheric and surface climate conditions. Satellite observations are essential for improving the understanding of climate change and assessing its impacts. Among the priorities of this special issue, are the use of geospatial technologies, such as remote sensing and geographical information systems, for monitoring and modeling the climate system, and evaluating the effects of climate change on natural systems/resources.

Well prepared review papers are also welcomed.

Kind regards,

Dr. Effie Kostopoulou
Dr. Sotirios Koukoulas
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • satellite derived essential climate variables
  • climatic indices
  • climate monitoring and analysis
  • vulnerability assessment and mapping
  • climate change and water resources
  • climate change and food security
  • climate change and natural disasters
  • climate change and socio-economic impacts
  • climate change and land use changes
  • climate change and ecosystems
  • climate change and energy demand
  • adaptation strategies
  • scenario analysis
  • mitigation

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Ecological Niche Models Reveal Climate Change Effect on Biogeographical Regions: The Iberian Peninsula as a Case Study
Climate 2020, 8(3), 42; https://doi.org/10.3390/cli8030042 - 13 Mar 2020
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How species are distributed on Earth depends largely on climate factors. Whenever these environmental conditions change, species tend to shift their distributions to reach more favourable conditions. Distinct sets of species similarly distributed (i.e., chorotypes) occur in biogeographical regions with homogeneous environmental conditions. [...] Read more.
How species are distributed on Earth depends largely on climate factors. Whenever these environmental conditions change, species tend to shift their distributions to reach more favourable conditions. Distinct sets of species similarly distributed (i.e., chorotypes) occur in biogeographical regions with homogeneous environmental conditions. Here, we analysed whether biogeographical regions are unstable over time (from the past to the future). We modelled the realised niche of amphibians and reptiles in the Iberian Peninsula in the present, and several past and future climate scenarios. Then, we used Jaccard’s index and the unweighted pair group method (UPGMA) to define the biogeographical regions. Our results suggest that the biogeographical regions of Iberian amphibians and reptiles changed greatly over time, due to the climatic changes between periods. Biogeographical regions composed of species with Atlantic affinities changed particularly, overall gaining suitable areas in past colder periods and losing suitable areas in warmer periods. The areas of refugia for amphibians over time corresponded to the most humid regions (north-west of the peninsula), while the most important areas for reptiles occur in the south and on the Atlantic coast. The identification of biogeographical patterns considering past climate changes is essential to better apply conservation measures. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Climate Change Impacts at Various Geographical Scales)
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