Special Issue on “Biogeophysical Climatic Impacts of LULCC” to be published in Earth Interactions

Biogeophysical effects of land use and land cover changes (LULCC) play asignificant role in modulating climate at various spatial scales. Recent studies suggest that the impacts of LULCC can be as important as emission-linked climate change at regional scales. In this context of new understanding we are planning to publish a special collection of papers focused on “Biogeophysical Climatic Impacts of LULCC”.

Earth Interactions will host this special collection. Earth Interactions is published jointly by the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union, and The Association of American Geographers.

Among others, papers of this collection would like to address: 1) Is there evidence that LULCC may trigger remote regional climate changes? 2) What are the relative contributions of LULCC on regional climate change and downscaled global climate change? 3) Do LULCC add regional and local prediction skill for changes in climate at this time scale? 4) Can we detect evidences of LULCC-induced climate change from observations? 5) At what spatial scale does LULCC matter in global and
or regional climate models? 6) Can LULCC be used to mitigate local (negative) impacts of climate including changes in climate over time? 7) What is an appropriate way to correctly evaluate the LULCC-induced climate change simulated by the models? 8) What are the relative roles of land-cover changes versus land-management changes?


We will consider both observational data- and model-based studies that address climatic impacts of LULCC. In addition, we are willing to examine some contributions that look at how LULCC-induced climate changes may be accounted for in the design of LULCC future scenarios.


Papers submitted to Earth Interactions for the LULCC special collection will go through the standard peer-review process of the journal. Information on submitting to Earth Interactions is here: <http://www.ametsoc.org/PUBSsubmissions>

Submission of papers will begin on March 15, 2015 and close on May 15, 2015. Groups who would like to submit papers prior to or after this window are encouraged to contact one of the organizers of this special collection.

Collection organizers:

Rezaul Mahmood, Editor in Chief, Earth Interactions
(<rezaul.mahmood@wku.edu> or <mahmood.ei@ametsoc.org>)
Roger Pielke Sr. (<pielkesr@ciresmail.colorado.edu>)
Andy Pitman (<a.pitman@unsw.edu.au>)
Nathalie de Noblet-Ducoudré (<nathalie.de-noblet@lsce.ipsl.fr>)
Richard Betts (<R.A.Betts@exeter.ac.uk>)