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Beginning with the rise of the earliest agrarian societies, the effective management of climate and weather risks has been a great test of the ingenuity of our civilizations. Today, facing an uncertain 21st century, we know that our expanding economies and population, combined with the effects of natural variability and climate change, will act to increase our exposure to weather and climate risk. Drought, fire, flood and other weather and climate-related disasters are exacting increasingly expensive and, in some cases, deadly tolls on every continent. Effective climate services, however, are helping us to monitor, understand, predict and mitigate these threats.
The Frontiers in Climate - Climate Services specialty section focuses on the science, strategy, implementation and application of Climate Services. The topics covered range from basic science and theory to applications of climate services. These foci include:
- descriptions of weather and climate extremes,
- descriptions of systems and strategies for monitoring, prediction and mitigation,
- case studies on the decision-making applications of those systems.
Studies discussing the provision of ‘actionable information’ and the effective communication of climate and weather information are welcome, as are articles covering the intersection of climate and risk management via mechanisms such as weather-based insurance and associated safety-net programs.
Climate Services focuses primarily on:
- the design and development of monitoring and modeling systems to track climate extremes,
- explaining the physical characteristics of such extremes,
- communicating this information in a timely and effective fashion.
For articles that focus more on the social and economic aspects of disaster risk mitigation, please consider submitting to our complementary specialty section on Climate Risk Management.
Dr Chris Funk and Dr Shraddhanand Shukla, 2019
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Climate Services welcomes submissions of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Methods, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Climate Services, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Climate Services will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Climate.
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