Call for Papers: Climate Change, Global Air Quality, and Society

Submission Open: October 2022
Submission Deadline: 31 May 2023

Special Collection Organizers:
Dr. Chris Weaver, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Darrell Winner, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Dr. Jesse Kroll, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Climate change is putting ever-increasing pressures on air quality (e.g., wildfire). At the same time, society is attempting to rapidly decarbonize in order to limit climate change. A body of research over the last two decades has established that climate change can substantially affect global, regional, and local air quality and has illuminated the pathways and mechanisms through which this occurs. Initial results from this research focused on the impact of climate change on ozone air pollution. In the last decade, researchers have greatly advanced our understanding of the impact of climate change on particulate matter; key findings include wildfire-driven changes in PM2.5, windblown dust, and secondary organic aerosol. At the same time, the tools to carry changes in air quality through to public health impacts have enabled an increasing body of literature on economic valuation and the overall burden of climate-driven air quality degradation. These tools are being applied to inform climate mitigation and adaptation decisions to maximize benefits for public health and welfare.

This joint special issue will bring together experts from around the world addressing the interlinked problems of threats to air quality from accelerating climate change, and the impact of climate action on air quality. Submitted papers will be tracked according to alignment of topic and areas of emphasis with the distinct but complementary missions of the three participating journals.

To submit your manuscript, use the submission site for Earth's Future, Climate Resilience & Sustainability, or Community Science and select the collection’s title from the drop down menu in the Special Section field of the submission form.

In addition, authors with research related to community science can submit supplementary materials to the Community Science Exchange Hub. Authors will be encouraged to submit materials to the Hub in conjunction with the special issue.