Special Issue "Impact of Climatic Changes on Humid and Arid Geomorphic Systems"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441). This special issue belongs to the section "Hydrology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 July 2021).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Salvatore Ivo Giano
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Department of Sciences, University of Basilicata, via Ateneo Lucano, 10, 85100-Potenza, Italy
Interests: geomorphology; fluvial geomorphology; tectonic geomorphology; geological heritage; engineering geology
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Prof. Dr. Mario Bentivenga
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Department of Sciences, University of Basilicata, via Ateneo Lucano, 10, 85100-Potenza, Italy
Interests: geomorphology; geological heritage; landslides; soil erosion; climate changes
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Dr. Marco Piccarreta
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Department of Sciences, University of Basilicata, via Ateneo Lucano, 10, 85100-Potenza, Italy
Interests: geomorphology; holocene landscape evolution; landslides; soil erosion; climate changes

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Climatic changes are a major driver of the dynamic evolution of the Earth’s geomorphological systems.

While many studies have considered the geomorphological system response to climate forcing over long time scales (104–105 years), recent studies have shown that the geomorphological change in response to shifts in climate can be highly nonlinear over shorter time scales.

Recent climatic changes are associated with the greenhouse effect and global warming. Increases in temperatures will tend to melt snow and ice and to promote a greater loss of soil moisture through increased evapotranspiration. Moreover, changes will occur in the magnitude and duration of precipitation, with important consequences for river flows and groundwater recharge.

Although climate changes affect all regions of the world, they vary extremely from low to high latitudes. Some areas that are mainly subjected to increasing intensities of tropical storms will experience an increase in the frequency of floods and coastal surges, the triggering of landslides, and accelerated land erosion. Other areas will experience heat waves and frequent periods of drought that will reduce the stream flows, increasing the weathering intensity. Furthermore, vegetation cover will respond to temperature and precipitation changes and to the frequency of fires, with changes in sediment yields and soil erosion dynamics. As a consequence, the response of geomorphic systems to climatic changes will be very different in cold, tropical, and arid regions.

Therefore, this Special Issue on the “Impact of Climatic Changes on Humid and Arid Geomorphic Systems” aims to publish original research articles and review papers on the evolution of landscapes due to past and recent climatic changes in these geomorphic systems, in order to better understand future geomorphological responses and their implications for climate policy and adaption strategies.

We look forward to receiving your contribution.

Dr. Marco Piccarreta
Prof. Salvatore Ivo Giano
Prof. Mario Bentivenga

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Keywords

  • impacts of climatic changes
  • hillslope systems
  • fluvial systems
  • arid and semi-arid geomorphic systems
  • coastal systems
  • karst systems

Published Papers

There is no accepted submissions to this special issue at this moment.
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