Special Issue "Transformation of Glacial and Periglacial Environments in Mountain Regions"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 October 2020).
Interests: the alpine cryosphere; glacial and periglacial hydrology; glacier mass balance monitoring and modeling; glacier and permafrost variations and their coupling with atmospheric changes; topo-climatic controls of cryosphere changes; local and regional assessments of cryospheric changes
Interests: glacial and periglacial geomorphology in mountain environments; development and evolution of permafrost landforms; remote sensing in periglacial environments; geomorphological mapping in mountain environments
Current transformations of glacial and periglacial environments in mountain areas are among the clearest signs of degradation of the alpine cryosphere under sustained atmospheric warming.
These transformations have significant impacts on geo-ecosystems and society. The major concerns raised by the high climatic sensitivity of glacial and periglacial environments regard the future decrease in water availability, due to shifts in the streamflow regime that are caused by the melting of glaciers and ground ice, and the geomorphological hazards associated with increased slope instability and changes in the precipitation regime and phase.
Transformations are seldom linear. More often, they are amplified or dampened by feedbacks and processes that regulate the local or regional response to atmospheric changes. For example, recent studies have highlighted that there is an elevation-dependent warming that magnifies the climatic sensitivity of cryospheric components located at a high elevation.
In mountain regions, glacial and periglacial processes often share overlapping elevation ranges, in particular over high-relief areas subject to rock and snow avalanches. Composite landforms originating from the interaction of glacial and periglacial processes have been recently described in different mountain regions, with several examples of rock glaciers derived from the evolution of Little Ice Age glacial deposits or closely related to them. The dynamics of these composite landforms remain poorly investigated.
We invite you to submit a manuscript that documents and analyzes transformations of alpine glacial and periglacial environments. All scales of application are accepted, from single case studies to assessments at the regional or mountan range scale. There are no specific indications on the investigated time span, which, however, should preferably include the last decade.
Papers that deal with the coupling of atmospheric and glacial/periglacial transformation processes are welcome, as well as contributions that are focused on impacts, innovative methodological approaches (such as new remote sensing techniques), monitoring series, and historical reconstructions.
Dr. Luca Carturan
Dr. Roberto Seppi
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- alpine cryosphere
- glacial and periglacial environments
- mountain regions
- atmospheric warming
- cryosphere–atmosphere coupling
- glacier retreat
- permafrost degradation.