A special issue of Global and Planetary Change has appeared on the subject “Land-use/land-cover change and its impact on climate“.
The Preface to the issue (written by Rezaul Mahmood, Roger A. Pielke, Sr. and Kenneth G. Hubbard), reads
“Land use/land cover change and its impacts on climate has been recognized by the International Geosphere- Biosphere Programme (IGBP) as a key research item for better understanding of climate variability and change. Over the last two and half decades, the scientific community has made notable efforts in understanding land use/land cover change as part of the climate system. However, additional research is needed to observe, measure and model these complex interactions. This theme issue includes a number of papers presenting results from various aspects of land use change and its impacts on local, regional and global climates. These studies include both observation-based and modeling investigations that illustrate the role of land use/ land cover change on climate. For example, by using observed data, Ray et al. and Mahmood et al. demonstrate the impacts of land use change on precipitation, temperature and near-surface atmospheric moisture content. The modeling studies by Pitman et al. and Molen et al. show the multifaceted influences of changed landscape and climate. Davey et al. present a new metric that is needed to better interpret landscape effects on temperature trends. We expect that this focused issue will shed new light on the complex involvement of land use/land cover change on climate and further demonstrates the importance of this research theme in the context of climate variability and change.”
The titles in the Special Issue are
Impacts of irrigation on 20th century temperature in the northern Great Plains by Rezaul Mahmood, Stuart A. Foster, Travis Keeling, Kenneth G. Hubbard, Christy Carlson and Ronnie Leeper
Differences between near-surface equivalent temperature and temperature trends for the Eastern United States: Equivalent temperature as an alternative measure of heat content by Christopher A. Davey, Roger A. Pielke, Sr. and Kevin P. Gallo
Climate impacts of anthropogenic land use changes on the Tibetan Plateau by Xuefeng Cui, Hans-F. Graf, Baerbel Langmann, Wen Chen and Ronghui Huang
The impact of land cover change on storms in the Sydney Basin, Australia by A.F. Gero, A.J. Pitman, G.T. Narisma, C. Jacobson and R.A. Pielke
Feedbacks between agriculture and climate: An illustration of the potential unintended consequences of human land use activities by Navin Ramankutty, Christine Delire and Peter Snyder
Climate is affected more by maritime than by continental land use change: A multiple scale analysis M.K. van der Molen, A.J. Dolman, M.J. Waterloo and L.A. Bruijnzeel
Dry season clouds and rainfall in northern Central America: Implications for the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor by Deepak K. Ray, Ronald M. Welch, Robert O. Lawton and Udaysankar S. Nair
Potential individual versus simultaneous climate change effects on soybean (C3) and maize (C4) crops: An agrotechnology model based study by Roberto J. Mera, Dev Niyogi, Gregory S. Buol, Gail G. Wilkerson and Fredrick H.M. Semazzi
Meteorological impact assessment of possible large scale irrigation in Southwest Saudi Arabia by H.W. Ter Maat, R.W.A. Hutjes, R. Ohba, H. Ueda, B. Bisselink and T. Bauer
Evidence for carbon dioxide and moisture interactions from the leaf cell up to global scales: Perspective on human-caused climate change by P. Alpert, D. Niyogi, R.A. Pielke, Sr., J.L. Eastman, Y.K. Xue and S. Raman
Upcoming weblogs will discuss several of these papers in more detail.