Call for Papers

Manuscripts submitted to this special collection should cover topic areas focused on in the 10th Workshop of the International Precipitation Working Group (IPWG) and the 6th International Workshop on Space-based Snowfall Measurement (IWSSM) that took place in Fort Collins, Colorado, 13–17 June 2022, hosted by the Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA) at Colorado State University.
The International Precipitation Working Group was initiated in 2000 after the 52nd session of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Executive Council recommended involving relevant science groups in a systematic manner to improve satellite system utilization. IPWG was then endorsed by the Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS). IPWG provides a forum for operational and research users of satellite precipitation measurements to exchange information and fosters the development of better measurements and improvement of their utilization, the improvement of scientific understanding, and the development of international partnerships.
The first International Workshop on Space-based Snowfall Measurement was held in 2005. The goal of IWSSM is to bring together researchers focusing on the measurement of snowfall from space using active and passive microwave sensors for the purpose of assessing the state of the science and measurement technology and to recommend future directions in research and technology development.
The collection will give authors and readers the opportunity to gather prominent research work in the field of satellite precipitation and snowfall. Focus areas include (but are not limited to) satellite precipitation algorithm improvement and development, current challenges in forecasting precipitation, estimation of orographic and high-latitude precipitation, satellite precipitation applications in climate services and hydrologic modeling, analysis of precipitation spatial and temporal variation, validation and error characterization of precipitation datasets.

Viviana Maggioni, George Mason University,
Philippe Chambon, Météo-France,
Christian Kummerow, Colorado State University,

We hope to capture the increasing scope of weather, water and climate impacts on the security of nations and their peoples. The area of Environmental Security is very interdisciplinary, and submissions should encompass current research into the ways that extreme weather and climatic events impact national and human security within the context of 1) energy security; 2) food security; 3) water security; and 4) environmental health/security. Relevance of the weather, water, and climate enterprise to compiling a more complete picture of environmental security around the world is important for this collection.
Submissions are sought from scholars studying the environmental and security aspects of water quality/scarcity, energy, food and health/diseases, allowing AMS members to see the “downstream” linkages from their traditional, physical science-based research. In turn, it is hoped that the exchanges of information resulting from this special collection will become a "two-way street", enabling AMS members to help the policy experts learn more about how our enterprise can inform their efforts.

John Lanicci, University of South Alabama,

The Artificial Intelligence for Earth System Predictability (AI4ESP) workshop demonstrated a need for building a strong “AI-ready” Earth System community capable of keeping up with technological advancements and overcoming significant challenges. We propose a special collection of visionary articles aiming to further propagate the information gathered and research continuing to help inform the Earth System scientific community about the current state of knowledge, challenges, and opportunities to advance ESP using AI and ML approaches. We are seeking manuscripts and articles providing perspectives and vision on new artificial intelligence methods, analytical techniques, and applications to advance Earth and environmental systems science and Earth system predictability, as well as unpublished original research papers describing applications of AI to problems in Earth and environmental systems science. We anticipate that many of the chapters of the report from this workshop will be potential candidates for submitting papers to this special collection.

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Nicki Hickmon, Argonne National Laboratory
Olga Tweedy, AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow at DOE/BER
Charuleka Varadharajan, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Haruko Wainwright, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Forrest M. Hoffman, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Scott Collis, Argonne National Laboratory

Atmospheric River Reconnaissance (AR Recon) has operated across the northeast Pacific Ocean in 2016, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. This observational campaign - which has been formally incorporated in the US National Winter Season Operations Plan since summer 2019 - involves the deployment of targeted airborne and drifting buoy observations during the winter season to improve weather forecasts and decision making on the U.S. west coast. During the first five years, this research and operations partnership has grown considerably, and the number of observations collected has increased significantly year upon year.

This special collection will include studies that detail the purpose and approach of AR Recon, as well as research findings relating to the study of atmospheric river dynamics and the impact of observational data on numerical weather prediction (NWP) models. Research using all types of AR Recon data, namely from dropsondes, drifting buoys, and airborne radio occultation, as well as several modeling systems including but not limited to the Global Forecast System (GFS) run at the National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP), NAVy Global Environmental Model (NAVGEM) run at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the Integrated Forecasting System (IFS) run at European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF), and the Weather and Research Forecasting model (WRF) will be included.

This special collection solicits studies that span multiple American Meteorological Society (AMS) journals, and is organized by scientists involved in both the operational and research aspect of this campaign. The collection will contain contributions from AR Recon participants, but also seeks community-wide contributions.

Alison Cobb,, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego
F. Martin Ralph, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
David A. Lavers, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Anna M. Wilson, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Vijay Tallapragada, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Environmental Modeling Center
Christopher A. Davis, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
James D. Doyle, Naval Research Laboratory
Luca Delle Monache, Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Florian Pappenberger, European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts
Carolyn Reynolds, Naval Research Laboratory
Aneesh Subramanian, Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, University of Colorado Boulder

We aim to encourage the use of evidence-based teaching and learning practices, and ultimately for improved education in the field of atmospheric sciences. For this special collection in the Bulletin of the AMS (BAMS), we seek studies that aim to improve atmospheric science education through reflective teaching and systematic evaluation of student learning (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, or SoTL). We invite articles that share new teaching strategies or activities. We also solicit formal education research articles that examine teaching and learning in an effort to understand how people build foundational knowledge and apply atmospheric science concepts (Atmospheric Science Education Research, ASER). Articles for this collection can describe studies conducted in a formal classroom, or they may also be investigations into informal learning that occurs in museums or during outreach activities. Submissions of research on continuing education courses and survey research are also encouraged.

Dawn Kopacz,, University of Nebraska – Lincoln 
Casey E. Davenport, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Wendilyn J. Flynn, University of Northern Colorado
Zachary J. Handlos, Georgia Institute of Technology
Lindsay C. Maudlin, Iowa State University
Peggy McNeal, Towson University

There is growing community interest in moving beyond typical model evaluation metrics to process-oriented diagnostics. These diagnostics better constrain poorly-represented physics components in climate models, provide actionable feedback to model developers, and are expected to play a key role in advancing the next-generation climate and earth system models. The scope of this collection encompasses studies developing new process-oriented diagnostics – and the underlying understanding of climate system processes —as well as those applying existing diagnostics to climate models. Of particular interest are applications to models participating in the Phase 6 of the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) models but the scope is open to diagnostics of models beyond CMIP6, including higher-resolution models. The special collection solicits studies from all realms of the climate system, and will therefore span several American Meteorological Society (AMS) journals. The special collection will be organized by members of the NOAA Model Diagnostics Force (MDTF). The collection will contain contributions from current task force members, but will also seek community-wide contributions.

J David Neelin,, University of California, Los Angeles
John Krasting, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Fiaz Ahmed, University of California, Los Angeles 
Allison Wing, Florida State University
Eric Maloney, Colorado State University

Human and environment systems are adaptive and complex. They are highly interrelated through impact and feedback loops with nonlinear, reciprocal, and emergent properties across multiple organizational, spatial, and temporal scales. Understanding the complexities and dynamics of the human and environmental systems is crucial to sound environmental policy-making for sustainable development. Traditional studies mainly focus on either human or environmental systems, which have serious limitations in revealing their complex interrelations. The recent development of science and technology, particularly data acquisition and computational capacity, has made a significant contribution to new theory development and methodological innovation, which allows us to explore the complex systems as well as conduct site-specific empirical investigations. This special collection will include papers that focus on the most recent advancements in theory and application in understanding complex human-environment systems. Specifically, we seek research work on the following topics:

  • The formulation and development of generalizable theories (e.g., complex systems theory, sustainability science) that explain the dynamics of complex human-environment systems in a given place or telecoupling of human-environmental systems across space. Theories regarding the mechanisms and pathways that cross the human and environmental systems or cross different human-environmental systems through telecoupling are of high interest for this special issue.
  • Impacts of environmental policies on the dynamics of the human-environmental systems, particularly the mechanisms and pathways that strengthen or weaken the anticipated environmental policy effects or surprise effects in the human-environmental systems.
  • Practical applications of human-environment interactions theories based on innovative platforms, such as remote sensing, GIS, agent-based modeling, big data, and machine learning/artificial intelligence to understand the dynamics of specific human-environmental systems, including, but not limited to, human-environmental system’s structure and functions changes and the implications to its sustainability, influence of disturbance (e.g., human and natural hazards) on system’s behavior.


Li An, Department of Geography, San Diego State University,
Conghe Song, Department of Geography, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dapeng Li, Department of Geography and Geospatial Sciences, South Dakota State University

Ken Melville made remarkable contributions to a variety of different research areas, including our understanding of internal wave processes, edge waves, surface gravity and surface capillary waves, remote sensing, upper ocean dynamics, air-sea mass flux, the behavior of wind above waves, and a variety of technical instrument advancements, to name just a few. These contributions took the form of theoretical, numerical, laboratory, and/or field studies.

Papers in the collection should focus on theory, numerics, laboratory, and/or field studies of the dynamics of the upper ocean, and the atmosphere above it. A special collection dedicated to these topics, with contributions solicited from the leading scientists in these fields, will serve to establish a benchmark for the state of the art of our understanding of these processes in the new decade.

Ken’s legacy is closely connected with an ability to elucidate the underlying physics of a phenomena in question. Often driven by fundamental considerations (Ken often said to be wary of chasing epsilons), this collection would seek to attract important contributions to the field in this spirit. However, even these basic contributions shed new light on many aspects of air-sea interaction, and questioned many long-standing ideas in wave modeling. Therefore, we also encourage submissions to look into the future, not only regarding the basic physics of the upper ocean and lower atmosphere, but also for practical applications.

Nicholas Pizzo,, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD
Luc Lenain, SIO
Luigi Cavaleri Italian National Research Council | CNR · Institute of Marine Science ISMAR

Anthropogenic land use and land cover changes (LULCC) are exerting increasingly strong controls on hydrologic cycling at multiple spatial and temporal scales. These human-forced hydrologic changes perturb land-atmosphere interactions, feedbacks, and coupling strength, which can further affect land surface greenhouse gas fluxes, vegetation dynamics, and ecosystem services. These changes occur broadly across latitudinal gradients and within human-natural ecotones, ranging from rural to urban areas. Moreover, hydroclimate processes are increasingly influenced by systemic social and ecological changes, and thus it is necessary to highlight how human water pressures and demand are also reshaping regional climates and ecosystem processes at the watershed scale.

This special collection seeks contributions focused on one or more of the following: the effects of LULCC on the water cycle and interactions with other key biogeochemical cycles; impacts and interactions of LULCC and climate change; changing interactions, coupling, and feedbacks between the land surface and the atmosphere; changes in surface energy and mass fluxes related to changes in the land surface; irrigation impacts and interactions, changes to water cycling and recycling, and related processes; changing relationships between evapotranspiration, precipitation, and the hydroclimatic system; and changing water-related ecosystem services.


Nathan Moore,, Michigan State University
Sonali McDermid, NYU

Years of the Maritime Continent (YMC) is an international program with the ultimate goal of observing the weather-climate system of the Earth’s largest archipelago, the Indo-Pacific Maritime Continent (MC), to improve understanding and prediction of its local variability and global impact. The program is endorsed by CLIVAR and other WCRP/WWRP groups. Its participants come from over 15 countries. The program started in 2017 and is continuing through and beyond 2021 with several international field campaigns in the region. 

YMC has motivated a surge of research activities on various topics related to the MC. Publications on these topics have appeared in the journals of AMS, AGU, EGU, MSJ, RMS, and CGU. To better serve readers of these journals, the YMC Science Steering Committee is coordinating with these organizations on a cross-organization special collection of papers on YMC topics.  A master list of this special collection is hosted on the YMC homepage (

The five themes of YMC are Atmospheric Convection, Upper-Ocean Processes and Air-Sea Interaction, Stratosphere-Troposphere Interaction, Aerosol, and Prediction improvement. Main activities of YMC include field observations, data sharing, modeling, prediction applications, and capacity building. Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts relevant to YMC to the participating journals of their choice.  This special collection covers the period from January 2020 through December 2025. Authors of papers on YMC topics published in 2016-2019 in the participating journals may request their papers to be retroactively included in the special collection. 

More information on YMC is available at
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Lead Organizers
Chidong Zhang and Kunio Yoneyama
Co-Chairs of YMC Science Steering Committee

Deadline for submitting abstracts to the collection organizers: 15 September 2020
Deadline for submitting manuscripts to Weather, Climate, and Society (WCAS): 31 December 2020

This special collection (SC) is about the relationships between the goal of a sustainable development and the concept of climate change adaptation (CCA). In general, the idea is to investigate to what extent and in what ways the goal of a sustainable development may influence - positive or negative - the way society should adapt to climate change.

The specific discourse on sustainable climate change adaptation started less than 10 years ago, and still have rather few contributions – many of which focus on the need for CCA actions taking place in global south countries. In this special issue we want to focus on the consequences of applying the goal of sustainable development on CCA efforts and strategies in global north countries, but we also want to address the consequences for CCA actions taking place in global north countries of taking into account the perspectives on global justice embedded in the goal of a sustainable development. One aspect of the latter is to address the common destiny of climate change vulnerabilities in global north and global south created by the ever-increasing and pervasive internationalization of the global economy – referred to as transnational climate risks and vulnerabilities. We call for trans- as well as multi- and monodisciplinary contributions, and we are open to both theoretical as well as empirical oriented contributions.

Special Collection Organizers
The collection organizers are selected from the research partners of the Norwegian Research Centre on Sustainable Climate Change Adaptation (Noradapt). The Center seeks to build knowledge on sustainable climate change adaptation through a user-oriented approach, applying methods such as co-production of knowledge. Importantly, Noradapt holds that all adaptation efforts should be in accordance with the principles of sustainable development to avoid adding to the problem of climate change. The research partners of Noradapt are Western Norway Research Institute (leader of Noradapt); NORCE; Nordland research institute; CICERO Center for International Climate Research; Centre for Climate and Energy Transformation (CET) at the University of Bergen; Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, Department of Geography at the Technical University of Norway (NTNU); SINTEF Community; and the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences (HVL).

Lead Organizer
Professor Carlo Aall, Western Norway Research Institute, +47 99 12 72 22,

Dr Mari Hanssen Korsbrekke, Western Norway Research Institute, +47 94 97 75 94,
Professor Grete Hovelsrud, Nordlandsforskning, +47 95 80 60 46,
Dr Helene Amundsen, CICERO, +47 22 00 47 21,
Dr Marte Lange Vik, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, +47 47 63 65 52,

Reason for the Special Collection on sustainable climate change adaptation
In 2015, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 goals and associated 169 targets and 232 indicators[i]. Only one of the SDG-goal (number 13) addresses specifically the climate issue (“Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts”), only five out of the SDG-targets address climate, and only one of which considers climate change adaptation: “Strengthen resilience and adaptive capacity to climate related hazards and natural disasters in all countries”. However, an important footnote is attached to goal 13: “Acknowledging that the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change”. Thus, the challenge of aligning efforts of achieving the Paris agreement goals with the SDGs lies somewhere in between these two streams of policy-making.

The IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) special report from 2012 on “Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change” discusses the need to shift from a modus operandi of climate change adaptation (CCA) from ‘adjustment’ to ‘transformation’ of society, defining the former as “the process of adjustment to actual or expected climate and its effects, in order to moderate harm or exploit beneficial opportunities” and the latter as “the altering of fundamental attributes of a system (including value systems; regulatory, legislative, or bureaucratic regimes; financial institutions; and technological or biological systems)”[ii]. If moving CCA efforts from an ‘adjustment’ to a ‘transformative’ modus operandi, it seems fair to expect that the potential for creating conflicts between CCA and other SDGs will - all other factors alike -increase.

A growing amount of literature exists on the challenges relating to transformation in the face of climae change, but most of this relates to either mitigation or adaptation. If moving CCA efforts from an ‘adjustment’ to a ‘transformative’ modus operandi, it seems fair to expect that the potential for creating conflicts between adaptation and mitigation, between CCA and other susainable development goals – and even within CCA - will increase. Thus, addressing these issues is urgent as the time is running out for achieving the goals of the Paris agreement.

Since the above cited IPCC report from 2012, an increasing number of studies have questioned the chances of reaching the 1.5 or even the 2-degree goal[iii]. Parallel to this, the evidences of current negative climate change impacts have increased, as have evidence of increasing CCA needs[iv], adding to the potential of conflicts between CCA and SDGs. Furthermore, if society fails to conduct deliberate transformative CCA efforts, and society is instead affected by a non-voluntary transformation[v], the chances that CCA efforts will conflict with major SDGs increase even more.

The goal of a sustainable development was launched in 1987 by the United Nations (UN) World Commission on Environment and Development (UNWCED)[vi]. The commission outlined two major environmental policy approaches in its report: The effect- and the cause-oriented approach. The former represents an attitude to environmental policy, acts and institutions with the main emphasis on mitigating environmental effects; whereas the latter focuses on the roots causing these effects. The UNWCED emphasized that the former had prevailed until then, whereas the latter must be included in any policy approach aimed at promoting a sustainable development. 30 years after this point was made by the UN Commission it is uncontroversial to state that environmental policy still seems to be stuck within the effect-oriented approach[vii]. The quest for shifting towards a cause-oriented environmental policy also applies for CCA, which in the case of this special collection would be to discuss societal drivers that produce an increase in exposure to the anticipated negative effects of climate change, and furthermore to discuss how to influence these drivers in order to avoid such negative effects.

The specific discourse on sustainable climate change adaptation started less than 10 years ago, and still have rather few contributions – many of which focus on the need for CCA actions taking place in global south countries[viii], [ix]. In this special collection we want to focus on the consequences of applying the goal of sustainable development on CCA efforts and strategies in global north countries, in particular we want to focus on the consequences of taking into account the perspectives on global justice embedded in the goal of a sustainable development. One aspect of the latter is to address the common destiny of climate change vulnerabilities in global north and global south created by the ever-increasing and pervasive internationalization of the global economy – referred to as transnational climate risks and vulnerabilities[x].

We call for trans- as well as multi- and monodisciplinary contributions, and we are open to both theoretical as well as empirical oriented contributions.


[ii] IPCC (2012): Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

[iii] Brown, C. et al. (2019) Achievement of Paris climate goals unlikely due to time lags in the land system, Nature Climate Change, doi: 10.1038/s41558-019-0400-5

[iv] IPCC (2018): Global Warming of 1.5 ºC. Special report to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

[v] Nelson, D.R.; Adger, W.N.; Brown, K. (2007): Adaptation to environmental change: Contributions of a resilience framework. Ann. Rev. Environ. Resour, 32, 395–419

[vi] 1.          WCED (1987). Our common future: The world commission on environment and development. Oxford: Oxford University Press

[vii] Santarius, T., Walnum, H-J., Aall, C. (2016): Introduction: Rebound Research in a Warming World. In Aall, C., Santarius, T., Walnum, H.J. (eds) (2016): How to improve energy and climate policies. Understanding the role of rebound effects. London: Springer. pp 1-17.

[viii] Brown, K. (2011). Sustainable adaptation: An oxymoron?. Climate and Development, 3(1), 21-31.

[ix] Eriksen, S., Aldunce, P., Bahinipati, C.S., Martins, R.D., Molefe, J.I., Nhemachena, C., O'Brien, K., Olorunfemi, F., Park, J., Sygna, L., & Ulsrud, K. (2011) When not every response to climate change is a good one: Identifying principles for sustainable adaptation. Climate and Development 3(1), 7-20.

[x] Persson, Å. and Dzebo, A. (2019). Special issue: Exploring global and transnational governance of climate change adaptation. International Environmental Agreements: Politics, Law and Economics.