Special Issue "Climate Change, Land Use Change and Water Resources"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Air, Climate Change and Sustainability".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Sangam Shrestha
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Water Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Interests: hydrology and water resources; climate change and adaptation in water; integrated water resources management; groundwater development and management
Dr. Ho Huu Loc
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Water Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Interests: river hydrology; flood risk management; numerical modeling; ecosystem services
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Dr. Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam
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Water Engineering and Management Program, Department of Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, School of Engineering and Technology, Asian Institute of Technology, Pathum Thani 12120, Thailand
Interests: irrigation water management; unsaturated zone hydrology; fate and transport modelling of contaminants; crop modelling; climate change impacts and adaptation strategies; remote sensing and GIS applications in water resources and agriculture
Dr. Parmeshwar D. Udmale
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Centre for Technology Alternatives for Rural Areas, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai 400 076, India
Interests: agriculture; droughts and water scarcity; water–energy–food–climate nexus; disaster risk and resilience research in the rural livelihood context; food security and supply chains—present and future; SDGs in the context of rural areas

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The Earth’s water resources are constantly under threat from multiple factors, both natural and anthropogenic. Regarding the former, as several potable water resources come from precipitation, changes in climate have multiple impacts on water resources, i.e., reduced availability and accessibility to humans and increased frequencies of disasters, such as floods and droughts. Regarding the latter, changes to land covers caused by multiple livelihood- and economic-development-related activities have had various negative consequences on water resources. These factors do not only contribute to worsening natural disasters, i.e., floods and droughts, but also have their own signatures, i.e., contamination of water resources or loss of biodiversity.

This Special Issue on "Climate Change, Land Use Change and Water Resources" is dedicated to contributing to the fast-growing body of scientific literature reporting the multiple impacts of the anthropogenic and climatic footprints on water resources. The editors cordially invite high-quality studies presenting novel evidence related to the impacts on water resources resulting from alterations to land use/land covers, related to either human activities or natural processes, and climatic conditions. We welcome different types of articles, including original research articles, case studies, and systematic literature reviews, to our Special Issue under the conditions of high scientific quality, verified originality, and substantial relevance. We are particularly interested in those studies that can cut across multiple disciplines, such as human vs. physical geography, or ecohydrology vs. anthropology. Studies consisting of field-based physical and social surveys, geospatial analyses, or numerical modeling are all welcomed. The topics of interest include but are not limited to the following:

  • Assessment of climate change impacts on water resources at different scales;
  • Adaptation to climate change on water resources;
  • Implications of land use, land cover changes on river systems;
  • Applying an ecosystem service approach to hydrological systems;
  • Water–energy–food and climate nexus;
  • Contamination of water resources due to land use, land cover changes.

Prof. Dr. Sangam Shrestha
Dr. Ho Huu Loc
Dr. Mohana Sundaram Shanmugam
Dr. Parmeshwar D. Udmale
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • climate change
  • land cover change
  • water resources
  • water–energy–food nexus

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Land Use Land Cover Changes and Their Effects on Surface Air Temperature in Myanmar and Thailand
Sustainability 2021, 13(19), 10942; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/su131910942 - 01 Oct 2021
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Land use land cover (LULC) change is one of the main drivers contributing to global climate change. It alters surface hydrology and energy balance between the land surface and atmosphere. However, its impacts on surface air temperature have not been well understood in [...] Read more.
Land use land cover (LULC) change is one of the main drivers contributing to global climate change. It alters surface hydrology and energy balance between the land surface and atmosphere. However, its impacts on surface air temperature have not been well understood in a dynamic region of LULC changes like Southeast Asia (SEA). This study quantitatively examined the contribution of LULC changes to temperature trends in Myanmar and Thailand as the typical parts of SEA during 1990–2019 using the “observation minus reanalysis” (OMR) method. Overall, the average maximum, mean, and minimum temperatures obtained from OMR trends indicate significant warming trends of 0.17 °C/10a, 0.20 °C/10a, and 0.42 °C/10a, respectively. The rates of minimum temperature increase were larger than maximum and mean temperatures. The decreases of forest land and cropland, and the expansions of settlements land fractions were strongly correlated with the observed warming trends. It was found that the effects of forest land converted to settlement land on warming were higher than forest conversion to cropland. A comprehensive discussion on this study could provide scientific information for the future development of more sustainable land use planning to mitigate and adapt to climate change at the local and national levels. Full article
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