Special Issue "Climate Change, Hydrology and Freshwater Resources"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Ondrej Ledvinka
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Guest Editor
Hydrology Database and Water Budget Department, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Na Sabatce 2050/17, CZ-143 06 Prague 4, Czechia
Interests: statistical hydrology and climatology; physical geography and geographical information science; climate change; geophysics; time series analysis; stochastic processes; spatial statistics and geostatistics; remote sensing
Dr. Josef Křeček
Guest Editor
Department of Hydraulics and Hydrology, Czech Technical University in Prague, Thákurova 7, CZ-166 28 Prague 6, Czechia
Interests: applied hydrology; small catchment studies; water resources control; forest and water relationships; acid rain consequences
Dr. Anna Lamacova
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Guest Editor
Ground water Department, Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, Na Sabatce 2050/17, CZ-143 06 Prague 4, Czechia
Interests: headwater catchment hydrology; hydrological modelling; impact of climate change; forest hydrology; groundwater flow patterns; time series analysis
Dr. Adam Kertesz
Guest Editor
Geographical Institute, Research Center for Astronomy and Earth Sciences, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, H-1112 Budapest, Budaörsi út 45, Hungary
Interests: land degradation and desertification; landscape ecology; soil erosion; climate change impacts; soil and water conservation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to contribute to our Special Issue of Climate, which is intended to collect manuscripts devoted to studying climate change impacts on freshwater resources, either in various regions of the world from a global viewpoint, possibly focused on regionalization. Both contributions related to the evaluation of the past based on observed instrumental data or to the projections of future states based on climate models are welcome. Climatologists have already studied climate change manifestation for several decades, and have performed so-called detection and attribution analyses. However, hydrology, a fundamental scientific area supporting water resource management, reacted considerably later, which was caused by different historical factors that may be highlighted in manuscripts as well. Over the years, various statistical/stochastic techniques have been inherited from other fields or directly developed in hydrology. Furthermore, a wide range of hydrological models have been used for climate change impact studies, and geographical information systems with sound tools have also evolved. A wise combination of the tools currently at hand may lead to interesting results, provided that these results and the methodology used are critically assessed using the knowledge that experts already have nowadays. Therefore, besides scientific papers, the Special Issue should also include reviews and technical notes on the methods being employed in hydrology. The models can, moreover, be sensibly designed to analyze different components of water balance when studying expected climate change impacts for the purposes of supporting smart water resource management and decision processes. All these applications are welcome and are sought by our Special Issue, whose effect should move hydrologists and their cooperation with climatologists forward.

On the occasion of organizing two upcoming conferences in Czechia, specifically the Czech and Slovak Hydrological Days 2021 and, more importantly, the XXIX Conference of the Danubian Countries, high-quality contributions to these events will be preferred, and studies related to the Danube, Elbe and Oder river basins will be of the utmost interest. Both large-scale studies as well as small-scale studies will be selected for publication after peer review, possibly focused on whole basins or their headwaters, respectively. However, contributions representing other regions are welcome as well. Potential contributors who do not know if their topic fits the scope of the Special Issue are encouraged to contact the main Guest Editor, Dr. Ondrej Ledvinka, before the submission of their manuscripts to the editorial system.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Dr. Ondrej Ledvinka
Dr. Josef Křeček
Dr. Anna Lamacova
Dr. Adam Kertesz
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Climate is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1000 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • climate change
  • detection and attribution
  • time series analysis
  • statistical hydrology
  • GIS applications in hydrology
  • hydrological modelling
  • rainfall-runoff changes
  • snow and forest influence
  • air and water temperature
  • water quantity and quality
  • projections based on climate models
  • changes in hydrological cycle and water balance
  • hydrological drought and low flows

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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