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Special Issue "Atmospheric Rivers from Modeling and Remote Sensing"

A special issue of Remote Sensing (ISSN 2072-4292). This special issue belongs to the section "Atmospheric Remote Sensing".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2023 | Viewed by 1007

Special Issue Editors

National Research Council of Italy (CNR), Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (ISAC), Bologna, Italy
Interests: algorithm development; satellite remote sensing of severe storms; climate studies of extreme weather; atmospheric rivers
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National Research Council of Italy, Research Institute for Geo-Hydrological Protection (CNR-IRPI), 87036 Rende, Italy
Interests: algorithm development; areal rainfall estimation; extreme weather
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CETEMPS, University of L'Aquila, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Interests: hydrology; hydrological modeling; climate studies of extreme weather; numerical modeling; algorithm development; data assimilation

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Atmospheric rivers (ARs) are intense water vapor transport systems organized in long and narrow filament-shaped structures moving worldwide and usually contribute to the enhancement of precipitation intensity. ARs typically form over midlatitude regions, moving poleward from tropics then making landfall typically forced by mountains. The concept of atmospheric rivers emerged from the studies by Zhu and Newell (1994), where ARs were associated with very intense extratropical cyclones termed as “bomb”. From these pioneering studies, the interest of the scientific community progressively grew, as demonstrated by several funded projects on this subject, many field and numerical experiments, and the large number of scientific publications. However, despite this improvement in the knowledge of ARs in terms of their dynamics, evolution, and impact on the precipitation rate, several scientific questions remain unexplored. This Special Issue aims to improve the knowledge of ARs through the publication of groundbreaking papers that focus on innovative and original approaches to research; an example is an evaluation of the effects of AR-forced rainfall on small–medium-sized hydrological basins. The improvement of detection techniques through satellite and numerical models can better quantify the spatio-temporal distribution of rainfall in drainage networks by evaluating the response of hydrographic basins to local effects due to the severity of an events. 

Submitted articles may address, but are not limited to, the following scientific topics:

  • Impact of ARs on heavy rainfall, heavy snowfall and associated floods over the midlatitude areas.
  • Changes in the hydrological response of complex terrain due to Ars.
  • A special focus on the Mediterranean basin: the features, occurrence, seasonality, and effects of ARs in this complex domain.
  • AR-related storms in the contest of climate change.
  • ARs as a key operational product for nowcasting applications and flood risk management.

Dr. Sante Laviola
Dr. Francesco Chiaravalloti
Dr. Annalina Lombardi
Dr. Barbara Tomassetti
Guest Editors

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. Remote Sensing is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly 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 2700 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.


  • hydrometeorology
  • orography
  • severe weather and floods
  • climate change
  • satellite remote sensing
  • numerical and hydrological modeling

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