Special Issue "Effects of Vegetation on Rainfall"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Zengxin Zhang
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Guest Editor
State Key Laboratory of Hydrology-Water Resources and Hydraulics Engineering, Hohai University, Nanjing 210098, China
Interests: vegetation–atmosphere interaction; hydrological modeling; statistical downscaling; climate change; land use/land cover change; water vapor flux and transport
Dr. Xuchun Ye
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Guest Editor
School of Geographical Sciences, Southwest University, Chongqing 400715, China
Interests: hydrological modeling; climate change and land use/land cover change impact on water resources; eco-hydrology
Dr. Yixing Yin
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Guest Editor
School of Hydrology and Water Resources, Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology, Nanjing 210044, China
Interests: extreme precipitation; climate change; flood and drought; water cycle

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Vegetation and the water cycle are intrinsically coupled. Vegetation modifies land–surface properties, mediating the exchange of energy, moisture, trace gases, and aerosols between the land and the atmosphere. The influence of vegetation on precipitation is not only a traditional scientific question in hydrology, but also a controversial question. Vegetation plays an important role in regulating climate system on local, regional, and global scales through affecting land and atmosphere interactions. A large number of studies focus on the effect of precipitation on vegetation but ignore the effect of vegetation on precipitation. Vegetation transpiration is not only an important water vapor source of precipitation but also an important transfer station of water vapor transport.

In recent years, with the development of computer technology, remote sensing technology, and climate models, some studies have shown that it is not only tropical vegetation that has an important impact on precipitation but also temperate forests and even changes in arid area vegetation may affect atmospheric circulation and regional precipitation change.

Since the 1980s, widespread earth greening has been detected on global and regional scales; however, land degradation, such as deforestation, grass degradation/desertification and urbanization, is still very serious in some areas. Changes in land vegetation might alter the biogeophysical processes occurring between the land and atmosphere, which affects both local and larger-scale climatic systems. Therefore, this Special Issue is aimed at representing the latest advances on this scientific question. We welcome contributions in all fields relevant to vegetation–atmosphere interaction, ecohydrological modeling, hydrometeorological analysis, effects of land use on climate, remote sensing, as well as interdisciplinary studies. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Vegetation–atmosphere interaction
  • Water vapor transport and vegetation
  • Hydrological modeling of the effects of land use/land cover change
  • Effects of forest on precipitation and water cycle
  • Application of regional climate model
  • Remote sensing monitoring of large-scale vegetation and precipitation
  • Impacts of vegetation change on extreme climate
  • Drought and vegetation degradation or restoration

Prof. Dr. Zengxin Zhang
Dr. Xuchun Ye
Dr. Yixing Yin
Guest Editors

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  • land use/land cover change
  • forests
  • precipitation
  • hydrologic and ecologic modeling
  • global and regional climate model
  • hydrometeorology
  • ecohydrology
  • water vapor

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