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Special Issue on Climate Change over the Third Pole: Detection, Attribution, Impact, and Adaptation

After the North and South Poles, the Third Pole is the highland core of Asia, and includes the Hindu-Kush, Karakorum, Himalayas, Tibetan Plateau and all the mountain ranges that surround it. This region provides the water resource and ecosystem services to billions of people in Asia. It is well accepted that the region has undergone a climate warming that is larger than the means of the northern hemisphere and other regions at similar latitudes over the last decades. This resulted in a number of environmental changes, having huge implications for millions of people living in the Third Pole region and downstream areas. Understanding the mechanisms of the Earth system’s multi-spheres (atmosphere, cryosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, biosphere and anthroposphere) interactions in the Third Pole is becoming one of the hottest topics for global environmental research, and it is also an urgent task for the scientific community to support the sustainable development of the Third Pole region and beyond.

In 2009, Profs. Tandong Yao, Lonnie G. Thompson, Volker Mosbrugger started to organize scientists working for the Third Pole region and established the Third Pole Environment (TPE) Programme to promote international research on climate and environmental changes. In 2013, Prof. Deliang Chen jointed the leadership group of TPE. To date, hundreds of scientists from more than 20 nations have been involved in the development of the TPE Programme. To look at some of the recent progresses made within and outside the TPE community, TPE decided to collect and publish papers related to climate change in the region in a Special Issue of Advances in Climate Change Research.   

Herewith we would like to invite you to contribute to the Special Issue of climate change and its impacts on and implications for sustainable development in the Third Pole region and beyond.

The Special Issue will highlight recent progresses, elucidate the technical and scientific challenges, and point to future developments. As an active researcher in this field, you have your insight into the dynamics of the Earth system operating in the region, recognize the potential importance of the regional climate change—as well as the challenges—which is why you have been invited to contribute a paper for inclusion in this Special Issue. Potential topics will include, but not be limited to:

  • Environmental changes on the Third Pole under global change, focusing on water cycle, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Interaction between the components of the regional Earth system
  • Past and future regional climate changes using in-situ and air-bore observation system, regional and/or global climate models, and assimilation systems
  • Climatic hazards and risks
  • Adaptation strategies to increase the resilience of the human and natural systems
  • Natural resource management and regional sustainability


All submissions will undergo anonymous review to guarantee high scientific quality and relevance to the subject. The Special Issue will be published in first half of 2021, which means that we will need your manuscript by September 25th, 2020. To submit your paper to the special issue, go to http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/advances-in-climate-change-research/. The submission portal will be accessible on June 30th, 2020. For more details on the editorial procedures, go to http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/advances-in-climate-change-research/.


Guest editors:

  • Tandong Yao,  Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Deliang Chen, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Gothernburg


A short introduction of Advances in Climate Change Research

Advances in Climate Change Research is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal, which is sponsored by National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration and was launched in August 2010. It is a quarterly journal, publishing scientific research on climate change and the interactions of climate change with society. Advances in Climate Change Research includes several topical areas: changes in climate system, impacts of climate change, mitigation to climate change, adaptation to climate change, greenhouse gas emissions, and climate policy. The key audiences reach 10 thousand active users per month using our publishing platform ScienceDirect. The journal has been indexed in SCIE since last October. More information about the journal can be found on http://www.keaipublishing.com/en/journals/advances-in-climate-change-research/. The journal is open accessed on ScienceDirect (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/16749278 ).

The predicted impact factor of the journal is 3.9 which will be published soon.

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