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Special Issue "Effects of Climate Change on the Hydrology and Water Quality of Snow-Dominated Mountainous Environments"

A special issue of Water (ISSN 2073-4441).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 28 February 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Graham A. Sexstone

US Geological Survey, Denver, CO 80225, USA
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Interests: snow hydrology; mountain hydrology; hydrometeorology; climate change; water availability; snow chemistry; atmospheric deposition
Guest Editor
Dr. David W. Clow

US Geological Survey, Denver, CO 80225, USA
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Interests: biogeochemistry; mountain environments; atmospheric pollution; climate change; snowpack

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In many mountainous regions of the world, water for ecological and human needs is derived from snow that accumulates during the winter and spring, and melts during the spring and summer each year. These seasonal snowpacks serve as large natural water reservoirs that are particular sensitive to effects of climate warming, including shifts in the fraction of precipitation falling as snow versus rain, lower peak snow water content, earlier snowmelt timing, and shorter snow-cover duration. Changes to snow dynamics can profoundly influence the hydrology and water quality of snow-dominated mountainous environments. Given projected changes to air temperature and precipitation in mountains of the globe, there is an urgent need for improved understanding of how both water availability and water quality will respond to changing snowpack conditions. In this Special Issue of Water, we invite submissions focusing on the effects of climate change on the hydrology and water quality of snow-dominated mountainous regions through field-based investigations, remote sensing observations, and/or modeling experiments. We encourage papers that focus on how changes to snow dynamics will influence the timing and magnitude of streamflow runoff, hydrologic flowpaths, soil moisture, and biogeochemical nutrient cycling.

Dr. Graham A. Sexstone
Dr. David W. Clow
Guest Editors

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. Water 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 1400 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.


  • Climate change
  • Mountains
  • Snow hydrology
  • Hydrologic pathways
  • Streamflow generation
  • Water quality
  • Biogeochemistry

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