Advances in Atmospheric Sciences
Summer 2020: Record Rainfall in Asia – Mechanisms, Predictability and Impacts
Call for papers
Robin Clark, Met Office, Exeter, UK
Xiquan Dong, University of Arizona, USA
Chang-Hoi Ho, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Jianhua Sun, Institute of Atmospheric Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Tetsuya Takemi, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Huiling Yuan, Nanjing University, China
This year’s wet season rainfall throughout vast areas of Asia has been extraordinary.
After an exceptionally wet May in North East India and Bangladesh (which had double its usual May rainfall), excessive rainfall hit at least 10 provinces in central and southern China in June and July, causing extensive flooding impacts in many rural and city locations. Long standing rainfall, lake and river level records were broken in several parts of the region. Flooding and landslides have also affected Japan with parts of Kumamoto province even recording 1000mm in just 3 days in early July. Southern regions of South Korea also received a month’s worth of rainfall in a single day on July 13th.
Current indications suggest that interactions between the simultaneous development of quasi-stationary precipitation systems, along an unusually broad, extremely slow-moving Meiyu/Baiu/Changma front have played a role.
Overall, this summer’s rainfall, and its impacts in the regions affected look increasingly likely to rival those of the notorious 1998 summer. Since 1998 however, scientific understanding of such events and predictability on all timescales have improved substantially. This special issue, therefore, is a superb opportunity to show how these advances can be applied to events which have affected millions of people in the regions impacted.
Submissions, covering all aspects of the events of this summer are invited.
Contributions regarding the following, however, are of special interest:
1) Dynamic and thermodynamic mechanisms supporting the formation, growth and decay of the Meiyu/Baiu/Changma front in 2020 and its rainfall. This can also include, for example, examination of the convective and moisture processes involved.
2) Predictability of the event and the uncertainty of these predictions on short, medium and seasonal range timescales.
Furthermore, given that these types of events already occur in East Asia, and that climate change could enhance such events, we also encourage submissions about how the events of this summer could change in a future, warming world, to inform early plans for adaptation and mitigation of future occurrences of this type of summer.
Manuscript submission deadline: March 1, 2021.
Papers will be published online upon acceptance
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