Special Issue "Hydrological Impacts of Climate Change and Land Use"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2020).
Interests: landscape planning; land use; landscape classification and landscape character assessment; natural risks
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Special Issue in Water: Water Energy Use of Rivers in the Historical Context and Water Return to the (Urban/Agricultural) Landscape
Special Issue in Land: Integrated Approach to Land Use Change Assessment
Water is one of the essential components of the environment and requires proper planning and management to achieve its sustainable utilization. It is widely agreed that land use and climate variability are two active environmental factors profoundly affecting watershed hydrology. Land use and land cover (LULC) changes, which are mostly induced by human activities, affect hydrological processes such as precipitation amounts and timing, evapotranspiration (ET), interception, and infiltration, resulting in alterations of surface and subsurface flows. These changes exacerbate catchment damage from extreme weather events (e.g., droughts and floods). The influences of climate and LULC changes on hydrological processes and water resources will likely continue to increase, especially in arid and semi-arid regions characterized as vulnerable.
Although substantial progress has been made in assessing the impacts of LULC and climate changes on water resources, most studies have focused on individual factors (i.e., either LULC or climate); thus, the combined effects of LULC and climate changes are not well understood because their contributions are difficult to separate and vary regionally. For example, some studies have suggested that surface runoff is affected more by climate change (increased precipitation) than by LULC changes, and other studies have found that urbanization contributes more to increased runoff than precipitation.
Therefore, this Special Issue is developed to bring out the knowledge on the combined effect of LULC and climate change on hydrological processes and water resources, including modeling approaches. In particular, the Special Issue will focus on:
- Climate change and land use change impacts on hydrological processes;
- Trends and variation of hydrological variables, such as precipitation, runoff, actual evapotranspiration, and soil moisture;
- Hydrological modeling in simulating and predicting hydrological variables, such as precipitation, evapotranspiration, and soil moisture in data-sparse regions; and
- Reviews on water prices and climate extreme.
Prof. Dr. František Petrovič
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- climate change
- land use and land cover (LULC)
- hydrological processes
- hydrologic modeling