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Special Issue "The Nexus of Alpine Glacier Watersheds, Climate Change and Human Activity"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (29 November 2018).
Environmental Science, Nichols College, 129 Center Road Dudley, MA 01571, USA
Interests: glaciers; global warming; cryosphere
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Special Issue in Water: Glacier Watershed Responses to Climate Change
Alpine glacier watersheds are changing significantly, this is not happening at a “glacial” pace, and the regional impacts are profound. The rapid decline of alpine glacier area and volume is a consistent trend from mountain range to mountain range, emphasizing that though regional climate and glacier response differ, global changes are driving the response. The trend of glacier loss is expected to increase with continued anthropogenic warming further altering the timing and magnitude of glacier runoff. Mountain glaciers are important as water resources for agriculture, hydropower, aquatic life and municipal water supply, melting fastest in the summer when precipitation is lowest and water demand from society is largest. The specific cascade of impacts downstream varies between glacier fed watersheds. The goal of this Special Issue is to examine the nexus of alpine glacier runoff change, driven by climate change, and the impact on human activity and ecologic systems in specific watersheds. The level of details that can be conveyed for watershed level change is important and is obscured in regional or global scale papers. Papers are sought that identify the impacts for specific glacier watersheds including changes in erosion rates, nutrient flux, aquatic life, local ecology, water runoff, and flood hazards. Each papers should include impacts on specific communities in alpine regions and beyond that depend on glacier runoff for drinking water supply, fisheries, irrigation, hydropower, and recreation. At the end of the Introduction section we recommend a 300 word plain language section story based summary, without references.
Prof. Dr. Mauri Pelto
Manuscript Submission Information
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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. Water 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 1600 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.
- glacier recession
- alpine glaciers
- glacier runoff
- alpine aquatic ecology