Climate Change and Tourism: Impacts and Responses

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 June 2024 | Viewed by 1290

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Dear Colleagues,

Despite the recent economic, political, and social problems that have complicated the tourism business for numerous resorts and destinations, tourism is a sector with continual growth and acts as an important engine of development.

Climate and weather are important factors for many aspects of tourism, so any changes in atmospheric conditions can have very significant impacts on the sector. On the other hand, the leisure and travel sector is itself an intensive emitter of large amounts of CO2 and other greenhouse gases, and as such is an important modifier of climate conditions. This can have negative effects on the future of this sector. The nature and signs of the impact of climate change on tourism will depend on each tourism subsector and the adaptation and/or mitigation strategies that are carried out.

In this Special Issue, we welcome articles that tackle the scientific challenges arising in the field of tourism climatology given the bidirectional relationship between leisure and recreational activities and the climate. We will consider theoretical and conceptual reflections on this issue, methodological contributions, and case studies relating, amongst other things, to the evaluation of the potential of climate resources for different types of tourism and segments of demand; the necessary consideration of climate in the organization and planning of tourism due to its links to key aspects of the sector, such as water supply, artificial snow production, energy costs, etc.; the repercussions of extreme meteorological phenomena on the safety of tourist destinations; the importance of providing climate and meteorological information adapted to different uses and needs to enable tourist activities to be carried out as well as possible; and the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on this sector and the challenges arising in terms of the adaptation to and mitigation of this phenomenon.

Dr. M. Belén Gómez Martín
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  • climate change
  • tourism
  • vulnerability
  • impacts
  • adaptation
  • mitigation
  • resilience

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Evolving Narratives in Tourism and Climate Change Research: Trends, Gaps, and Future Directions
by Kaitano Dube
Atmosphere 2024, 15(4), 455; - 6 Apr 2024
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This study presents a comprehensive overview of the evolving landscape of tourism and climate change research over the past decade by leveraging bibliometric analysis and a dataset sourced from the Scopus Database. The study scrutinised over 3400 English language articles. The analysis reveals [...] Read more.
This study presents a comprehensive overview of the evolving landscape of tourism and climate change research over the past decade by leveraging bibliometric analysis and a dataset sourced from the Scopus Database. The study scrutinised over 3400 English language articles. The analysis reveals a remarkable surge in publications, signifying the growing recognition of climate change’s multifaceted impact on tourism. However, a noteworthy geographical disparity emerges, with many regions remaining underrepresented in the literature, particularly in Africa and the Middle East. This oversight is concerning, given the vulnerability of these regions to climate change and their burgeoning tourism industries. The study also highlights the pivotal role of influential scholars, funding organisations, and publication outlets in shaping the research landscape. The European Commission and the National Natural Science Foundation of China are major funders. At the same time, journals like Sustainability and the Journal of Sustainable Tourism serve as prominent platforms for disseminating research findings. The analysis uncovers thematic trends, including the growing focus on climate change modelling and its implications for destination planning. However, research gaps persist, notably in sports tourism and climate resilience within the tourism sector. In conclusion, this study offers valuable insights into the current state of tourism and climate change research, pinpointing areas that demand increased attention and inclusivity. It is a valuable resource for scholars, policymakers, and stakeholders working towards a sustainable and resilient future for the global tourism industry in the face of climate change. Full article
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