[Call for papers] Special Issue on Third Pole Atmospheric Physics, Chemistry, and Hydrology



Advances in Atmospheric Sciences


Special issue:

Third Pole Atmospheric Physics, Chemistry, and Hydrology


Call for papers



Yun Qian, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, US

Shichang Kang, Northwest Institute of Eco-Environment and Resources, CAS, China

Chuanfeng Zhao, Beijing Normal University, China

Xiao-Ming Hu, University of Oklahoma, US

Chun Zhao, University of Science and Technology of China

Siyu Chen, Lanzhou University, China




The Tibetan Plateau (TP), widely known as the Earth’s Third Pole, is the highest and largest plateau in the world. It covers an area of 3.6 million km2 at 2000 m above sea level. Glaciers on the TP hold the largest ice mass outside the polar regions and the snowpack can persist year-round at high-altitude regions over the TP. The TP has long been identified to be critical in regulating the Asian hydrological cycle and monsoon climate. Winter snowfall and spring snowmelt provide more than 50% of the annual freshwater needs for hundreds of millions of people in Asia, potentially influencing public water supply, agriculture, hydropower generation, interstate conflicts and the economies of many South Asian countries. Both the observed and projected warming over the TP is much larger than the global average. Consequently, glaciers on the TP have been retreating extensively in recent decades, driven by the warming and circulation changes associated with increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosols in the atmosphere, as well as light-absorbing particles (e.g., black carbon, dust) on snow, and other factors. In addition, due to the thermal and dynamic effects of TP, as well as its proximity to the stratosphere, unique boundary layers often develop over TP and in the surrounding areas, which have important impacts on weather, climate, and dispersion and transport of atmospheric constituents.   


This special issue will focus on the observational data analysis based on in-situ and remote sensing measurements as well as global and regional modeling at different temporal and spatial scales, with a goal to better understand the atmospheric physical, chemical and dynamical processes over the TP and improve the modeling and prediction capability of the impact of those processes on the environment, climate, cryosphere, and hydrological cycle over TP.  


Submissions in, but not limited to, the following research areas, are invited:

  • Observational evidence and possible causes of climate variability and change in the TP region.
  • In-situ measurements and remote sensing of light-absorbing particles and other chemical tracers in the atmosphere and/or snowpack/ice cores over the TP.
  • Regional and global modeling of atmospheric physical and chemical processes and climate change over the TP, as well as attribution analysis.
  • Impact of climate change and land–atmosphere interactions over the TP on lakes, ecosystems, the cryosphere, and hydrological cycle.
  • Observational and modeling studies of thermal and dynamic effects of TP, and their effects on atmospheric boundary layer development and further impacts on weather, climate, and dispersion and transport of atmospheric constituents.


Important dates:


Manuscript submission deadline: August 1, 2021.

(Papers will be published online upon acceptance)


Submission URL: https://mc03.manuscriptcentral.com/aasiap


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