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Arctic Rapid Change

Arctic is experiencing rapid change since the 1970s. The sea ice extent has been significantly reduced, by the end of 2019, the summer sea ice extent has been decreased by more than 50%. Air temperature has been rapidly increasing with a rate of 2-3 times faster than the global average.

The Arctic spring snow-cover extent has dramatically decreased, while the annual snow-cover duration is continuously shortening. Under a warming climate, permafrost has been degrading as evidenced by rising temperature, increasing in active layer thickness, melting ground-ice, and extensively developing in thermokarst terrains. The Arctic tundra vegetation is rapidly greening since the 1980s and then shifting towards browning in some areas since the early 2000s. As a result, the biogeochemical system in Arctic is changing rapidly, with a potential acceleration in carbon cycling dynamic at Arctic sea and land. The Arctic rapid change (ARC) manifests itself as the rapid and even accelerated changes in the ocean and cryosphere, and may inevitably affect the global climate and ecosystem through the multispheres' interactions.

Arctic rapid change stimulates the scientific research on the Arctic, through many national and international research programs and projects. To harvest our understandings and knowledge on what rapidly happened in Arctic, we are organizing a special issue in Advances in Climate Change Research, with the focus on, but not limited to:

  • Mechanism of Arctic amplification and its global impacts
  • Processes and interactions between climate and cryosphere
  • Arctic cryosphere change and its environmental impacts
  • Arctic terraintial and marine ecosystem and carbon cycle
  • Arctic and mid-latitude interactions


We hope, through this Special Issue, to summarize our understanding on the Arctic Rapid Change, to provide an overview of cutting-edge challenges and knowledge gaps, and in particular, to identify predictive, evaluative and diagnostic tools for adapting and mitigating these changes effectively and in a sustainable way.

Guest Editors:

  • Xianyao Chen, Ocean University of China
  • Tingjun Zhang, Lanzhou University


Deadline for submission: 30th September, 2020

Manuscripts should be submitted online at http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/advances-in-climate-changeresearch/ by registering and logging in to this website. Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Ensure that you mention the Special Issue Arctic Rapid Change call for papers in your cover letter. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Manuscripts will be published continuously online immediately on acceptance.

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