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.

Despite recent extensions in the observational networks, increased availability of remotely sensed datasets, swelling paleoclimatic reconstructions, and advances in convection-permitting climate modelling, detailed understanding of physical topoclimatic processes and their feedbacks, shifts in the prevailing precipitation regimes and their controls, and subsequent impacts on mountainous ecosystems remain elusive across times and scales. This poses a wide range of scientific challenges in understanding the Himalayan climate system of the past, present, and future, their shifts, and their severe impacts on all dependent sectors of life.

Against this background, this special issue 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. To broaden the regional focus and to enable comparative studies, articles on the Himalayas and its bordering high mountain ranges including the Karakoram, Hindu Kush, and the Tibetan Plateau are welcome.

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 and 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. Atmosphere is an international, peer-reviewed, open access monthly 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 CHF 1400 (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.

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2020

For more information, please see the MDPI website. 


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