About this Research Topic
Fuego-Patagonia is experiencing major cryospheric and environmental changes due to climate change. The region is highly glacierized and its climate is strongly affected by mid-latitude weather systems from the Pacific, and changes in atmospheric circulation due to teleconnections such as the El Niño Southern Oscillation and the Southern Annular Mode. The strong coupling to the Pacific makes Patagonia a unique natural laboratory to study the environmental responses geo-system linkages.
This Research Topic focuses on Fuego-Patagonia and explores the effects of climate change on glaciers and the biosphere on all time scales (past, present, future) using observations, remote sensing or modelling. Potential contributions may include, but are not limited to:
• past climates and variability as derived from paleo-archives including tree-ring records, isotopic signals, stalagmites, lake sediments and geomorphological evidence of past glacier extents;
• glacial history, glacier mass changes and future glacier response to climate forcing;
• isostasic responses to glacier change;
• effects of climate and glacier changes on terrestrial, lake and marine eco-systems and biodiversity;
• linkages of Fuego-Patagonia with the sub-antarctic islands and the northern Antarctic Peninsula.
Keywords: Climate Variability, Glaciers, Biosphere, Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego