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Special Issue "Impact of Climate on Hydrological Extremes"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Salvatore Manfreda

DICEM – University of Basilicata, Italy
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Phone: 0039 0971 205139
Interests: distributed modeling; flood prediction; delineation of flood prone areas; stochastic processes in hydrology; space-time rainfall dynamics; soil moisture process; low flow mathematical filters; vegetation patterns; UAS-based monitoring
Guest Editor
Prof. Vito Iacobellis

Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Phone: 0039 080 5963565
Interests: distributed hydrologic modeling; flood frequency; hydraulic risk assessment; derived distributions; space-time rainfall process and modeling; water balance assessment; crop growth models; climate change
Guest Editor
Prof. Andrea Gioia

DICATECh – Politecnico di Bari, Italy
Phone: 0039 0805963299
Interests: hydrological extremes; flood frequency analysis; derived distributions; nonlinearity effects in the process of flood generation; geomorphological descriptors for flood prone areas evaluation; climate change
Guest Editor
Prof. Mauro Fiorentino

DICEM – University of Basilicata, Italy
Phone: 00390971 205140
Interests: hydrology; geomorphology; complex systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Krzysztof Kochanek

Institute of Geophysics Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland
Phone: +48 22 6915-862
Interests: statistical models used in hydrology; robustness of parameter estimation methods; seasonal approach to modeling the maximum annual flow; modeling of flooding and river instability; deterministic modeling of groundwater and surface water flows; decision making under risk and uncertainty

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

High and low flows and associated floods and droughts are extreme hydrological phenomena caused by meteorological anomalies and modified by various catchment processes and human activities. They exert an increasing amount of damage to human, economic, and natural environmental systems in the world. In this context, global climate change along with local fluctuations may eventually trigger a disproportionate response in hydrological extremes.

This Special Issue will focus upon observed extreme events in a recent past, how these extremes are linked to changing global/regional climate, and the manner in which they may shift in the coming years. Papers dealing with physical mechanisms underlying past, present and future climatic extremes, both from the observational and the modelling points of view would be particularly welcome.

The main objectives are:

- to foster the understanding of the governing processes of hydrological extremes;
- to present methods and practical applications for i) flood and drought monitoring, ii) estimating flood and drought frequency, spatial patterns and short-term and long-term variability, and iii) predicting hydrological extremes in near real-time and in the future; 
- to address the potential impacts of global change, including climate and land use changes on hydrological extremes,
- to discuss regionalisation methods for predicting hydrological extremes in ungauged catchments,
- to investigate on the mutual interaction between human activities and hydrological extremes;
- to assess the role of different sources of information from paleofloods to remote sensing images in reducing the uncertainty of the prediction of hydrological extremes.  Both general methodological contributions and case studies of hydrological extremes in different regions covering a wide range of spatial scales are welcome.

Prof. Salvatore Manfreda
Prof. Vito Iacobellis
Prof. Andrea Gioia
Prof. Mauro Fiorentino
Prof. Krzysztof Kochanek
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.


  • Flood;
  • Droughts
  • Climate change
  • Non-stationary processes
  • Flash floods

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This special issue is now open for submission.

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