Special Issue "The Vulnerability and Resilience of Water Flow and Storage in Cold Regions to Climate and Vegetation Changes"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Water Management".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Kabir Rasouli
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
Interests: climate change; mountains; hydrology; cold regions; vegetation; machine learning; climatic and oceanic teleconnections; floods; droughts; water resources

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Cold regions in high latitudes and high altitudes play an important role in controlling land-atmosphere interaction, climate variability, and sustaining water resources by storing in the form of snow and ice during cold months and releasing meltwater during warm months when the demand for water use is high. Hydrologic processes are rapidly changing in cold regions in response to climate and vegetation changes. Changes in snow and ice may provide positive feedback to the atmosphere and amplify the warming rates in cold regions as albedo decreases with snow and ice retreat under a warm climate. We cordially invite researchers and scientists to contribute to this Special Issue. We are particularly interested in, among others, studies that can:

- Improve our understanding of vulnerability and resilience to changes and variations in climate and vegetation across space and time scales;
- Provide diagnostic frameworks to explain why changes occur and what the underlying causes are; and
- Provide regional or seasonal specific sustainable and adaptive strategies to mitigate the effects of climate and vegetation changes and variations.

The scope of this Special Issue is broad. It covers studies from remote sensing to numerical or statistical modeling, and experimental or theoretical approaches for diagnosing or predicting changes, understanding extreme events, and providing adaptation strategies for sustainable hydrologic and ecologic systems. This Special Issue will hopefully complement our understanding of the linkage among changing climate, cryosphere, landcover, and water flow and storage in cold regions.

Dr. Kabir Rasouli
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

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. Sustainability 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 1900 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.


  • cold regions
  • hydrology
  • water resources
  • climate change
  • climate variability
  • vegetation
  • high latitudes
  • sustainability

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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