Special Issue on Arctic Rapid Change

Published 13 May, 2020

The Arctic has been experiencing rapid change since the 1970s. The volume of sea ice has reduced significantly, and by the end of 2019, the area of summer sea ice had decreased by more than 50%. At the same time, air temperature has been rapidly increasing, 2-3 times faster than the global average.

The Arctic spring snow-cover has also dramatically decreased, while the duration of the annual snow-cover is continuously getting shorter. Under a warming climate, permafrost has been degrading and the tundra vegetation has been rapidly greening since the 1980s, even browning in some areas since the early 2000s. As a result, the biogeochemical system in the Arctic is changing rapidly, with a potential acceleration in carbon cycling dynamic at Arctic sea and land. Arctic Rapid Change (ARC) may eventually affect the global climate and ecosystem through the multispheres' interactions.

To harvest our understandings and knowledge on what has happened in the Arctic, we are organising a special issue in Advances in Climate Change Research. Topics will include, but won't be limited to:

  • Mechanism of the 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


This special issue aims to summarise our understanding of the Arctic Rapid Change, provide an overview of cutting-edge challenges and knowledge gaps, and, in particular, identify predictive, evaluative and diagnostic tools for adapting and mitigating these changes  in an effective and sustainable way.

Guest Editors

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


Deadline for submission: 30 September, 2020

Manuscripts should be submitted online and should not have been published previously, or be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Ensure that you mention the Special Issue on Arctic Rapid Change call for papers in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer-reviewed and will be published immediately online upon acceptance.

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