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Hydroclimatic extremes, such as floods, droughts, and heatwaves, have posed significant environmental impacts on water resources, ecosystems, socioeconomics of agriculture, transportation and healthcare during the past decades. However, a comprehensive understanding of those extremes still faces challenges due to the insufficient in-situ and satellite measurements of land-surface and atmospheric variables, and limitations of the current climate and weather forecast models, leading to uncertainties in predicting hydroclimatic extremes. It is well recognized that the land-surface is an important component of the Earth’s weather and climate system. Surface changes, such as soil and vegetation dynamics, land use, and land cover change, can modulate exchanges of energy, water, momentum, and carbon between the land and atmosphere, resulting in feedback to the atmospheric boundary and large-scale circulations. This in turn affects the natural and human systems on land. With the development of observation networks and earth system models, the role of land-atmosphere interactions in hydroclimatic extremes can be unveiled and studied.

The goal of this Research Topic is to showcase work that highlights the coupling between the surface and atmosphere and its impacts on hydroclimatic extremes across different temporal and spatial scales. We welcome studies using in-situ observations, satellite products, and climate models to characterize land-atmosphere interactions in different landscapes and their applications in weather and climate predictions.

Encouraged themes include, but are not limited to:

• Impacts of land use/land cover changes on climate extremes;
• Land conditions (e.g., soil moisture initialization, dynamic vegetation, or land data assimilation) in improving the predictability of extreme events;
• Terrestrial feedback in drought or heatwave development; and
• Urban effects of heat and flood.

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Debanjana Das has acted as coordinator and has contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.

Keywords: Land-atmosphere interactions, Hydroclimatic Extremes, Drought, Flood, Heatwave


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Hydroclimatic extremes, such as floods, droughts, and heatwaves, have posed significant environmental impacts on water resources, ecosystems, socioeconomics of agriculture, transportation and healthcare during the past decades. However, a comprehensive understanding of those extremes still faces challenges due to the insufficient in-situ and satellite measurements of land-surface and atmospheric variables, and limitations of the current climate and weather forecast models, leading to uncertainties in predicting hydroclimatic extremes. It is well recognized that the land-surface is an important component of the Earth’s weather and climate system. Surface changes, such as soil and vegetation dynamics, land use, and land cover change, can modulate exchanges of energy, water, momentum, and carbon between the land and atmosphere, resulting in feedback to the atmospheric boundary and large-scale circulations. This in turn affects the natural and human systems on land. With the development of observation networks and earth system models, the role of land-atmosphere interactions in hydroclimatic extremes can be unveiled and studied.

The goal of this Research Topic is to showcase work that highlights the coupling between the surface and atmosphere and its impacts on hydroclimatic extremes across different temporal and spatial scales. We welcome studies using in-situ observations, satellite products, and climate models to characterize land-atmosphere interactions in different landscapes and their applications in weather and climate predictions.

Encouraged themes include, but are not limited to:

• Impacts of land use/land cover changes on climate extremes;
• Land conditions (e.g., soil moisture initialization, dynamic vegetation, or land data assimilation) in improving the predictability of extreme events;
• Terrestrial feedback in drought or heatwave development; and
• Urban effects of heat and flood.

We would like to acknowledge Dr. Debanjana Das has acted as coordinator and has contributed to the preparation of the proposal for this Research Topic.

Keywords: Land-atmosphere interactions, Hydroclimatic Extremes, Drought, Flood, Heatwave


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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