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Special Issue "Measuring and Modeling Snow, Ice, and Avalanches in the Climate Change Era."

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Daniele Bocchiola

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Polytechnic of Milan, Leonardo da Vinci, 32, 20133 Milano, Italy.
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Phone: +39 02 23996223
Interests: water resources; hydrology; climate change; avalanche risk
Guest Editor
Prof. Guglielmina Diolaiuti

University Milano, Dept. Environmental Sciences and Policies, Celoria 2, 20133 Milano, Italy
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Phone: +39 02 50315510
Interests: glaciers morphology and dynamics; climate change; remote sensing of the cryosphere
Guest Editor
Prof. Michele Freppaz

University Torino, Department of Agriculture, Forest and Food Sciences, Largo Paolo Braccini 2, 10095, Grugliasco (TO), Italy
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Phone: +39 011 6708514
Interests: snow ecology; soil erosion; permafrost; snow gliding and glide-snow avalanches

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Nowadays, snowfall and snow cover formation and dynamics are terribly affected, in the face of transient climate change. Increasingly more erratic patterns of precipitation and temperatures and extreme events therein result into rapider and intenser snow dynamics, impacting on hydrology, soil erosion and stability, and avalanche release. Ice surfaces and glacier are also largely affected, and worldwide, ice bodies are downwasting and ice cover shrinking. Transient intense deglaciation also leads to faster dynamics of ice bodies, including ice avalanches, surges, and GLOF formation, with potentially destructive outcomes. Accordingly, on one hand the mountains and cold environments are undergoing radical changes, affecting the landscapes, ecosystems, and the environment, while on the other hand, an ever-increasing risk is posed to local populations and users.

As such, scientists are called to investigate the changing cryospheric dynamics under transient climate change by using an array of methods, proposing modeling tools for snow, ice, and avalanches dynamics and methods to assess and cope with the associated risks. This Special Issue thus welcomes contribution covering present and prospective dynamics of the cryosphere under present and future climate, including, but not limited to:

  • Monitoring techniques for snowpack and snow dynamics, ice bodies, and avalanches. This includes conventional and innovative methods, such as instruments, devices, methods for local measurements, and remote sensing of snow cover, ice cover, ice flow, GLOFs, etc.
  • Modeling tools for depicting the dynamics of the cryosphere under present and prospective climate. This includes modeling of snowpack, avalanche dynamics (gliding, wet/dry avalanches), ice flow, etc.
  • Models and methods to assess cryospheric risks and to provide countermeasures. This includes hazard/risk mapping of avalanches, GLOFs, design of possible countermeasures, etc.
  • Experimental and modeling studies convering modified cold environments in response to the modified cryosphere. This includes morphology of deglaciated areas, soil erosion from avalanches and ice flows, snow–soil interaction, perma-frost, etc.
  • Scenarios of modified cryospheric processes in response to modified climate in the era of climate change.

Dr. Daniele Bocchiola
Prof. Guglielmina Diolaiuti
Prof. Michele Freppaz
Guest Editor

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.


  • Snow
  • avalanches
  • glaciers
  • risk/hazard mapping
  • climate change
  • monitoring/modeling
  • cold regions.

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