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This Frontiers’ Research Topic call for abstracts focuses on both the direct and indirect consequences of impure snow and ice, such as their energy interactions with the atmosphere, changes in surface mass balance, and the potential impact on glacier dynamics. Abstracts are due by 18 September 2019.

Snow and ice in previously rarely-reached areas such as the Arctic, Antarctica, and high mountains were once thought to be pristine. We now know that they are not as pure as once , but instead present various traces of anthropogenic activities associated with economic globalization.

This special issue of the MDPI journal Atmosphere invites observation, proxy reconstruction, and projection-based analytical and modelling studies and their reviews that advance our knowledge about the past, present, and future of the Himalayan climates, their shifts, and their subsequent impacts on all dimensions of life at local and regional scales. Manuscript submission deadline is 31 October 2020. 

Extending from the eastern Tibetan Himalaya to the Hindu Kush and Karakoram ranges in the northwest, the 2400-kilometer long Himalayan arc ensures the food-water-energy security, sustainable development, and socio-economic well-being of billions of downstream inhabitants. Earth’s highest mountain range modulates distinct large-scale atmospheric modes, affects all scopes of boundary layer dynamics, and subsequently features an enormous topoclimatic heterogeneity, rarely covered by sparse observational record.

This Sustainability Special Issue seeks to bridge the gap between uncertainty research and sustainable disaster risk management in order to identify and address how uncertainty must be considered in disaster preparedness measures. Papers are currently sought from a wide range of different academic fields and contexts. Submission deadline is 31 October 2019. 

In disasters, research has identified the importance of a sustainable approach to disaster risk management that considers pre-disaster recovery planning and considers how decisions made during the response and recovery to a disaster can actually enhance preparedness for future disasters, considering all hazards. However, these decisions, and the expected impacts of these decisions, are often subject to high levels of uncertainty. This Special Issue, seeks to bridge the gap between uncertainty research and sustainable disaster risk management in order to identify and address how uncertainty must be considered in disaster preparedness measures.

This Special Issue aims to publish the most new studies discussing the state-of-the-art research in the fields of Holocene glaciations in the Mediterranean mountains.

The objective is to update knowledge on the impact of colder Holocene phases on Mediterranean mountains in order to better understand the spatial and temporal patterns of glaciation in Mediterranean mountains during the Holocene and their environmental implications. Papers can be submitted from 1st July until 31st December 2019.

The journal Ecosystem Services has issued a call for papers for a new Special Issue on 'Mountain Landscapes: Protected Areas, Ecosystem Services, and Future Challenges' that aims to address important knowledge gaps in this area. The deadline is 30 November 2019.

A significant proportion of the global population depends on goods and services provided by mountain regions, including fresh water, raw materials, and recreation. However, mountain regions all over the world are facing multiple challenges due to environmental and socio-economic changes, with related impacts on human livelihoods, economy, and ecosystems. This Special Issue of Ecosystem Services therefore aims to address important knowledge gaps, focusing on basic understanding of ecological functions and their drivers of change in mountain landscapes, as well as on societal trends in and outside mountain regions in order to be able to scope future challenges. A particular focus is placed on protected areas that are interested in the management and preservation of biodiversity and landscapes through scientific research, environmental education, and the promotion and development of sustainable tourism.

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