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The Three Major Hurricanes of 2017: Harvey, Irma and Maria

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Last updated:
4 January 2018
This special issue will publish original research related to the three major hurricanes that made landfall in the US in 2017: Harvey, Irma and Maria. Topics to advance the understanding of processes associated with any of these hurricanes, in the atmosphere, ocean, earth surface, hydrology, biogeosciences, solid earth, space weather, space physics, as well as their impact, new methodology and datasets will be included.

Responses to environmental change in aquatic mountain ecosystems

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28 December 2017

Mountain ecosystems cover a quarter of the earth’s surface and supply water to half the population of the planet. These systems are characterized by steep landscape gradients, long periods of snow cover, short growing seasons, and harsh and variable environments. Lotic and lentic habitats within these ecosystems are sensitive to environmental forcing, making them sentinels or bellwethers for environmental and anthropogenic change. In this issues we present ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical research focused on aquatic ecosystems found in mountainous regions around the world. This special section presents research that explores species and/or ecosystem responses to environmental change, including analyses of long term datasets, space for time substitutions, field surveys, model driven analyses, and other efforts to understand the structure and function of mountain ecosystems.

Dynamics in Intensively Managed Landscapes: Water, Sediment, Nutrient, Carbon, and Ecohydrology

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10 December 2017
Intensively managed landscapes represent anthropogenically-modified systems, actively managed for industrial scale agricultural production. These modifications reflect changing land use and land management practices over time, intensification of mechanized practices, use of fertilizers and other chemicals, draining of wetlands, and in many cases adoption of best management practices to reduce environmental impacts. These modifications impact the dynamics of water, carbon, nitrogen, and sediment in the landscape in complex ways not yet well understood. Given the increasing demand for food and biofuel and concerns about adverse effects of agricultural intensification, process-level understanding of these landscapes for predictive modeling and scenario testing is imperative. This special section invites contributions that enhance our understanding of such intensively managed systems at the field to watershed to regional scales and from observations, to modeling, to prediction, to policy and management.

This special section will begin accepting submissions on January 31, 2018.

Advances in remote sensing, measurement, and simulation of seasonal snow

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Last updated:
7 December 2017
Snow is critically important to human welfare, affecting water supplies, security, economics, energy and climate. Understanding seasonal snow cover is critical to understanding the fate of frozen ground, glaciers, and sea ice. Global snow reserves are rapidly changing, but we currently lack effective means for accurately tracking snow amounts and how much they are changing. With this special issue, we encourage contributions that increase our understanding and capabilities with regards to sensing and simulating snow amounts across a wide range of environments and spatial scales. Research on data collection and analysis, instrumentation, calibration and validation, modeling (both hydrologic and radiometric), and synergistic applications of snow remote sensing data for improved understanding of other earth processes are all welcome. We encourage contributions related to NASA's multi-year SnowEx project, designed to advance capabilities and plan for a near-future space mission to monitor global seasonal snow water equivalent.

Hydrology delivers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4): Improving and Integrating Knowledge across Disciplines on Global Energy, Water and Carbon Cycles

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26 June 2017
Several community-wide initiatives (such as CMIP, GSWP, ISIMIP, HAPPI, ILAMB, etc.) have developed to synthesize and advance knowledge of climate change impacts, land surface processes, global energy, and water and biogeochemical cycles. These initiatives have made indispensable contributions to recent advances in Earth system sciences. The 4th International Conference, Hydrology Delvers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4), was hosted at the Institution of Industrial science with the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan the week of May 16th, 2017. Its purpose was to strengthen synergies between research communities of climate modeling, monitoring, and impact assessment, and to discuss how to deliver scientific achievements to our society. Here, we call for papers for a special collection in Water Resources Research to compile those interdisciplinary works introduced at HESSS4 and extend the invitation to associated communities. Further details of the conference are available on the Web page.