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Call for Papers: Climate Change and National Security: A Geospatial Perspective

Guest Editors:          
Todd Johanesen, Defense and Intelligence Committee Chair (ASPRS)
Tim Hale, Woolpert
Jerome Lenczowski, Jerome Lenczowski Consulting
David Alvarez, Woolpert 

The deadline for submission of manuscripts has been extended to January 15, 2015.  Please email David Alvarez at if you plan to take advantage of the extended deadline.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts: December 1, 2014
Tentative publication date: November 1, 2015

Climate change is affecting the U.S. and the world in far-reaching ways. Impacts related to climate change are already seen through a wide range of actions and activities across every region of the world and in many sectors of the global economy. Climate change could have significant impacts to U.S. National security including water supply, agriculture, food security, human health, transportation, energy and ecosystems. U.S Intelligence agencies are warning some of these impacts are likely to trigger major conflicts in the near future.

Climate change presents a major challenge for society and as a society we need to find ways to work together to make our communities stronger and more resilient to its impacts. One way is to use the enormous data sets regularly collected by NASA, NOAA, ESA, and other agencies in the U.S and around the world and apply the ingenuity, creativity, and expertise of technologists and entrepreneurs to help create easy-to-use tools for regional planners, farmers, hospitals, and businesses across the globe to empower our communities to prepare themselves for the future.

The changes in our environment have begun to impact how we look at our global connectedness and thus our national security. Thought, leadership, and research are required for us to move towards viable solutions.

This special issue will solicit articles related to national security through the following topics at global, continental, regional or local levels:

  • Defense-civilian geospatial cooperation in fostering natural resource/climate change resilience
  • Extreme weather and rising sea level
  • Impact of increasing ship access (including Arctic)
  • Impacts and opportunities of offshore development (including Arctic)
  • Increasing coastal erosion
  • Changes in geography and freshwater availability
  • Impacts on defense infrastructure (necessitating logistic and operation change)
  • Human health impact (including pandemics)
  • Disaster-response capabilities due to extreme weather
  • Food security (availability, stability, utilization, and access)
  • Data standardization, organizational and legal aspects of sharing geospatial data across countries on climate change related issues

Authors must prepare manuscripts according to the PE&RS Instructions to Authors, published in each issue of PE&RS and also available on the ASPRS Website at Instructions to Authors.  All submissions will be peer-reviewed in accordance with PE&RS policy. Because of page limits, not all submissions recommended for acceptance by the review panel may be included in the Special Issue. Under this circumstance, the guest editors will select the most relevant papers for inclusion in the special issue. Papers that are reviewed favorably, but will not fit within the Special Issue, can be revised and submitted for review as a new paper to the PE&RS Editor-in-Chief for possible publication in a future regular issue of PE&RS.

Important Dates:    

  • 01/15/15 - Manuscripts Due  
  • 04/01/15 - Decision to Authors 
  • 05/01/15 - Final Papers Due 
  • 11/01/15 - Publication 

Please email your manuscript directly to Guest Editor:

David Alvarez
Tel.:(614) 827 6113

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