Manuscripts from the mountain research community are welcomed for a joint Special Issue of the open-access journals Climate and Earth on 'Climate System Uncertainty and Biodiversity Conservation.'  The editors encourage submissions on the science of climatic uncertainty and conservation solutions in mountain systems.

Deadline to submit is 31 August 2021.

Purpose of the Special Issue

Uncertainty characterizes near and long-term futures of the biosphere.  At risk is biodiversity across all levels, that is, in the composition, structure, and function of species genetics and populations, through to communities, ecosystems, and landscapes.  This uncertainty arises from (1) climatic uncertainty due to climate system complexity and unknown future human forcings, (2) uncertainty in biospheric responses to climate due to complexity in ecological interactions across temporal and spatial scales, and (3) synergisms with other stressors.  

This presents a challenge for understanding the effects of rapid climate change on biodiversity and incorporating this threat in conservation planning and natural resource management – whose goals are to maintain biodiversity and, with it, intact ecosystem services on which our society and economies depend.  In mountain systems, a crucial source of uncertainty is complexity that arises from elevation-dependent responses – be they linked or decoupled.

The special issue aims to explore three aspects of this problem:

  1. Uncertainty that arises from Earth system dynamics, in particular, how these dynamics link to variability and change in continental and marine ecosystems
  2. The nature of the vulnerability of species and ecosystems to climate disruption
  3. Approaches for the conservation of biodiversity and management of natural resources in light of this vulnerability and climatic uncertainty

Topics and Manuscript Submission Information

Papers are welcomed on observational, experimental, or modeling studies and review papers that relate to these three areas. The breadth of topics of interest and submission information can be found on the special issue’s webpages:

Climate and Earth are fully open-access journals.  Earth offers waivers of publication charges for high-quality papers based on peer-review results.  


Guest Editors

Dr. Timothy Kittel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)
Ms. Terri Schulz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 Cover image: Sergio Cerrato

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