Climate change has led to the frequent occurrence of extreme weather and climate events, as well as the increasing frequency of extreme hydrological events, which brings new challenges to arid areas constrained by water resources. In-depth understanding of the impact of climate change, especially extreme climate events, on water resources in arid areas is not only a hot scientific issue in current climate change research, but also a realistic demand for rational allocation and utilization of water resources in arid areas.
In recent decades, under the influence of global warming and human activities, the weather, climate and hydrological processes in arid areas have undergone dramatic changes, resulting in frequent occurrence of drought, rainstorm, snowstorm and other extreme weather events, which increased the uncertainties of the spatial and temporal distributions of precipitation, and led to the drying up of lakes. A series of water-related ecological environment problems such as river interruption and wetland atrophy have troubled the sustainable economic and social development of inland river basins in arid areas. Although the impact of climate change on hydrological events has received extensive attention, there is a lack of comprehensive mechanism explanation on key issues, such as how climate change affects hydrological processes, how hydrological processes respond to weather and climate, and what are the impacts of future climate change on surface runoff, groundwater and total water resources in river basins.
This special issue focuses on the actual demand of coping with climate change in arid areas, and provides scientific reference for long-term water resources regulation planning and coping strategy formulation for climate change in arid areas.
Regional Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access journal publishing high-quality articles in multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary subjects relating to sustainability. The journal advances our understanding of the sustainability dimensions of environmental protection, economic development and social development from local to global scales. It publishes theoretical and experimental research papers on resources exploitation and utilization, urbanization and regional sustainable development, urbanization and informatization, man-land relationship and regional differential, population migration and society transformation, and spatial layout and optimization of human activity.
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I. High resolution future projection simulations of climate change and water resources under different emission scenarios
II. Responses and potential risks of hydrological processes to climate change
III. Sustainable management and utilization of regional water resources under the background of climate change
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