Special Issue "The Hydrologic Cycle in a Changing Climate"

A special issue of Atmosphere (ISSN 2073-4433). This special issue belongs to the section "Climatology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 250

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Diana Meilutytė-Lukauskienė
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Guest Editor
1. Laboratory of Hydrology, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Breslaujos St. 3, LT-44403 Kaunas, Lithuania
2. Department of Physics, Mathematics and Biophysics, Faculty of Medicine, Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, Eiveniu str. 4, LT-44307 Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: climate change; extreme hydrological phenomena; low flow indices; hydromorphology; droughts; spring floods
Laboratory of Hydrology, Lithuanian Energy Institute, Breslaujos St. 3, LT-44403 Kaunas, Lithuania
Interests: climatology; climate change; teleconnection patterns; hydrometeorological phenomena; catchment hydrology; hydrological modelling; spring floods

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The hydrological cycle is the continuous movement of water in the Earth's hydrosphere. It is continuous process that consists of atmospheric, surface, and groundwater movement. The changing climate directly affects the drivers and components of the hydrological cycle (evapotranspiration, water vapor concentrations, clouds, air temperature, precipitation patterns, surface runoff, stream flow patterns, etc.).

The climate crisis has led to an increase in average global temperatures and an increase in high-temperature-related extreme events such as heat waves. Higher temperatures are also predicted to change the geographic distribution of climate zones. Higher temperatures accelerate evaporation, which increases the risk of severe drought in one region and causes unexpected flooding in another due to transported moisture. Already, as the climate changes, droughts are becoming more frequent and longer lasting in many regions of the World. Drought is an unusual and temporary lack of water resulting from insufficient rainfall and increased evaporation (due to high temperatures). Conversely, over the last century, an increase in evaporation and precipitation is intensifying the hydrological cycle. This is an undesirable consequence of global warming, as higher temperatures encourage evaporation, i.e., the evaporation from the land surface and sea is transporting the moisture as rain and snow to inland areas. Additionally, warmer air can hold more water vapor which can cause risk of heavy rainfall, extreme flooding, etc. Another example of changes in the hydrological cycle is the retreat of glaciers when the water supplied by solid precipitation is not sufficient to replenish the ice lost by melting or sublimation.

In this Special Issue, we invite all colleagues to contribute papers on new insights into any type of process of the hydrologic cycle, its response to climate change, interactions between its components, and many more topics. Research related to any aspect of observations or modelling of the hydrological cycle is welcome, including new or interdisciplinary approaches, feedback processes, various hydro-meteorological phenomena, the human role in the hydrologic cycle, or other topics that improve our understanding about changes in the hydrologic cycle. Review papers will also be considered.

Dr. Diana Meilutytė-Lukauskienė
Dr. Vytautas Akstinas
Guest Editors

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  • climate change
  • hydrologic cycle
  • droughts
  • flooding
  • water resourece management
  • river runoff

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