Special Issue "The Effect of Urbanization on Climate Extremes"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Urban and Rural Development".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Na Zhao
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Guest Editor
Sate Key Laboratory of Resources and Environmental Information System, Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100101, China
Interests: climate variations and trends; climate extremes; detection and attribution; climate modeling
Prof. Dr. Mingxing Chen
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Guest Editor
Key Lab of Regional Sustainable Development Modeling, Institute of Geographical Sciences and Natural Resource Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences, No.11, Datun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100101, China
Interests: climate change and sustainable urbanization; China’s new-type urbanization; urban governance; land spatial planning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Today, climate extremes, such as heat waves, intensive precipitation, and dry spells, are at the top of the list of global risks in terms of likelihood and their huge impacts on human life and socio-economic development. Climate extremes have increased not only in terms of frequency, but also in terms of duration and intensity in recent years. Understanding the causes behind these changes in climate extremes is of significance for reliably predicting future climate change. Cities are the main locations where the major impacts of climate change on humans occur. Urban areas accommodate more than 50% of the world’s population, and this percentage is projected to increase to 70% by 2050. The rapid urbanization processes significantly change surface properties such as albedo and roughness and increase the emissions of aerosols and anthropogenic heat, resulting in spatial differences in energy exchange between the land and near-surface atmosphere and thus exerting considerable impacts on regional climate change. The influence of urbanization on changes in extreme events has gained increased focus, as knowledge of this is critically important for designing suitable adaptation techniques, avoiding adverse future consequences, and enabling environment sustainability and economic growth.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present work related to the effects of urbanization on climate extremes. We welcome scientists working in geography, meteorology, climatology, hydrology, environment, ecology, economy, and sociology to contribute original research articles and reviews dealing with this issue. Contributions can include but are not limited to the spatiotemporal analysis of urban climate extremes; long-term trends of urban climate extremes; the detection and attribution of urbanization effects on local, regional, and global climate extremes; methods for the attribution of extreme events; urban heat island mitigation; future urban extreme risks; ways to mitigate the effects of urbanization on extreme events.

Dr. Na Zhao
Prof. Dr. Mingxing Chen
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • climate extremes
  • urbanization effect
  • detection
  • attribution
  • change trends
  • spatio-temporal variations
  • city classification
  • heat waves
  • flood
  • future risk

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