Special Issue on Climate Change Risk and Governance

Published 17 June, 2020

The Earth's climate system is currently undergoing changes caused by natural events and human activities, with the main feature being global warming. Consequently, the frequency, intensity and regional structure of natural disasters have changed. 

The key scientific questions we need to answer now include how to:

  • Understand the drive and response mechanism of multi-disaster and cross-region risks; and 
  • Identify the climate effect factor and the threshold of climate risk on social and economic development, food production and ecosystems.

Meanwhile, disaster prevention and climate change adaptation have greatly reduced climate change risks. It is also an important scientific issue to study the multi-factor synergy and redundancy effects of climate change governance from a multi-tiered, overall perspective.

This special issue of Advances in Climate Change Research will focus on topics which include, but are not limited to:

  • Mechanism and spatio-temporal evolution of extreme climatic events
  • Changing patterns of future extreme climate events and their risks
  • Climate change impacts and risks on key sectors, industries, major projects and regions  
  • Climate change risk assessment index
  • Risk management in climate governance


Our goal is to summarise the understanding on climate change risk and governance, and to provide an overview of cutting-edge challenges and knowledge gaps. In particular, we want to provide a useful reference for advancing adaptation to climate change and the related management of climate extremes and disaster risks, as well as make a significant contribution to safeguarding national climate security.

Guest Editors

  • Qingchen Chao, National Climate Center, China Meteorological Administration
  • Jieming Chou, Beijing Normal University
  • Xianchun Tan, Institutes of Science and Development, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • Laixiang Sun, School of Finance and Management, SOAS University of London; Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland


Deadline for submission: 31 October 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 Climate Change Risk and Governance call for papers in your cover letter. All manuscripts will be peer reviewed and published online immediately upon acceptance.

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