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PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel – Meet the Editors

Juan Antonio Añel, Vanesa Magar  and João Miguel Dias announce the launch of the PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel.

Today sees the launch of the PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel. Channels are resources for research communities: a single destination to discover and explore content from PLOS journals as well as the broader literature, supplemented by commentary, blogs, news and more to keep readers up to date with the latest research in their field.

Climate change is the greatest single danger faced by humanity and our planet. Climate change has led to devastating extreme weather events, loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, stresses to food-producing systems and the global spread of infectious diseases. Moreover it represents a great threat for one of the most important elements for life on our planet: water.

Image Credits (clockwise from top left): Matt Rudge,; Vik Walker,; Vera Kratochvil,; NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Few areas can benefit as much from the force of accurate and unbiased  scientific research and reporting as climate change: the combination of public, scientific, and governmental interest with the mounting misinformation, unsubstantiated opinions and unsourced data make access to original, well-reported, and peer-reviewed climate change research of utmost importance.

Our hope is that by highlighting key research and news, sharing both positive and negative results, the PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel will be a catalyst for continued climate research and policy formation, and will contribute to an energy-conservative, habitable, and thriving climate that can be sustained for many generations to come. We welcome and encourage interdisciplinary research spanning these topics and linking other fields of research to climate change.

We will regularly update the Channel to showcase the most up to date and impactful research to assist stakeholders in the measurement and mitigation of – and adaptation to – climate change, including researchers, policymakers, climate change responders and the general public.

The PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel highlights research efforts from a range of disciplines focussed on understanding, evaluating, predicting, mitigating, and adapting to the causes and effects of the changing climate. This channel includes, but is not limited, to research on the following topics:

Environmental engineering and Geophysical climate change

  • atmospheric sciences
  • climate modelling
  • coastal engineering and flood risk assessment
  • energy research
  • flooding and droughts
  • geoengineering
  • global warming and global effects
  • hydrological sciences
  • nutrient, carbon, and water cycling
  • ocean acidification, temperature, and circulation changes
  • oceanographic sciences
  • paleoclimatology

Ecological and Biophysical Climate Change

  • agriculture and pests/pathogens
  • community ecology  
  • ecological, biodiversity and habitat conservation
  • ecosystem responses and services
  • physiology of organism, ecosystem, and oceanic/atmospheric interactions
  • species and population adaptation

Social and Behavioral Responses to Climate Change

  • behavioural psychology
  • climate change impacts on marine spatial planning and human activities
  • economics of carbon trading and ecosystem services
  • science policy
  • sociological impact of climate change (including gender and regional inequality)
  • ethical and legal issues

The PLOS Responding to Climate Change Channel was developed with the Channel Editors, who will be responsible for curating the content that goes into the Channel.

Meet the Editors:

 Juan Antonio Añel: I am a ‘Ramón y Cajal’ Senior Scientist at the Environmental Physics Laboratory in the Universidade de Vigo (Ourense, Spain) ( where I co-lead the FENOSA Chair. I am also Secretary and Treasurer of the Atmospheric & Ocean Physics group of the Royal Spanish Society of Physics and affiliated researcher with the think-tank Economics for Energy. I have been Research Fellow in Climate and Risk Assessment for Adaptation Policy in the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Scientific Coordinator of the Project, both simultaneously in the University of Oxford (UK) and Postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies at the Universidade de Aveiro (Portugal). Through my career I have performed research stays in the DAMTP, University of Cambridge (UK) and the National Center for Atmospheric Research (USA). I have contributed to reports by the World Meteorological Organization and I have been expert reviewer for the IPCC reports and observer for a UN COP meeting. My research is focused on the study of atmospheric dynamics and composition and climate. I also develop some research on ethical and technical issues related to scientific reproducibility and computational sciences.

I have served as Academic Editor for PLOS ONE for ten years and currently I am the Section Editor in Physics of Climate and Atmospheric Sciences.

João Miguel Dias: I am currently the Director of the Physics Department of University of Aveiro , Portugal, and I run the Estuarine and Coastal Modelling Division of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM). My research is focused on numerical modelling of estuaries, lagoons, rias and adjacent coastal zone, with special emphasis on hydro/morphodynamic processes. Presently I’m working primarily on improving the knowledge about sea level rising, coastal flooding, development of estuarine plumes, mixing processes and transport, physical/biology/chemistry interactions, with particular emphasis on the climate change effects. I mentor a large number of students, residents and fellows, and I have a large experience in coordinating and participating in national and international research projects about the referred topics.  I am on the editorial boards of several international journals dedicated to publish innovative research on climate change, and had integrated the evaluation board of research projects and grants for several national and international funding agencies in earth science panels. I also have a large experience in working has a consultant for public and private organizations on my main fields of expertise.

Vanesa Magar: I am associate professor in the Department of Physical Oceanography at the Centre of Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada (CICESE) Baja California, Mexico.  CICESE is the largest of 27 Centres within the Research Centres System managed by the Mexican National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT).  I also collaborate with the College of the Northern Border (COLEF), another CONACYT Centre, within their postgraduate programme on integral management of the environment. I am currently general secretary of the Mexican Geophysical Union (UGM) and have been elected as vice-president for the period 2018-2019. Within CICESE I co-lead (together with Dr Markus Gross) the geophysical fluid dynamics and environmental modelling laboratory (GEMlab), founded in January 2014. Our research interests focus on coastal hydrodynamics and morphodynamics; oceanographic and atmospheric dynamics; renewable energy resource characterization and environmental impacts; and marine spatial planning. You can find me on twitter on  @MagarVanesa #climatechange

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