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Call for Papers for the Special Issue "Aerosols, Air Quality and Climate Change in the Himalayan Region"

The submission deadline has been extended to May 20, 2019

The Editorial Office of Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) is issuing this call for papers for a special issue with the theme "Aerosols, Air Quality and Climate Change in the Himalayan Region".

The specific areas related the theme for manuscript submission
Solid or liquid particles suspended in the air (ranging from nanometer to 10-micrometer diameter) termed as aerosols are produced by several natural and anthropogenic sources (such as earth crust, desert, volcanic eruption, sea spray, fossil fuel combustions in industries, biomass and biofuel burning, vehicular traffic). During the recent past, the atmospheric aerosol productions from anthropogenic sources into the atmosphere have been tremendously increasing and have gained the impact on regional air quality, visibility degradation, cloud formation and atmospheric chemistry, radiation budget etc. and on human health too. In addition to this, the rapid increases in urbanization and industrialization have resulted in extremely poor air quality in megacities all over the world. According to various national and international studies, it was observed that the air quality over the northern part of Indian cities especially Indo-Gangetic Basin and Brahmaputra River Valley region as well as Himalayan regions have received to be the worst air quality during the post monsoon and winter periods. In addition to this, during the summer period, glacier melting over high altitude Himalayan regions was observed. In foothills of Himalayan regions, it was noticed that in some occasions, the level of mass concentrations of aerosols reaches up to 800 µg m–3 (Tiwari et al., 2016). Recently, in the mega city the Delhi, the government has declared severe levels of toxic air pollution in Delhi an “emergency situation” as administrators announce a plan to temporarily shut construction sites and a coal-fired power station to bring the situation under control and schools in the capital of India were closed for three days due to six days of heavy smog (in the month of Nov. 2016). During the pre-monsoon and winter periods, the wind/air masses passes from South West direction where several industrialized cities are located and are affecting, the lower altitude of the Himalayan region.

In view of the above, the journal Aerosol and Air Quality Research (AAQR) will host a Special Issue (SI) with the theme "Aerosols, Air quality and Climate Change in the Himalayan Region". Papers contributed from International Conference on "Aerosols, Air Quality, and Climate Change (AAC-2018) on Himalayan region of Uttarakhand (AAC-2018) in Srinagar (Uttarakhand), India and other papers relevant to Aerosols, Air quality and Climate Change in the Himalayan Region are welcome. All accepted papers will be collected in a single volume as a special issue. Some themes for this SI include, for example:

1. Physical and chemical characteristics of atmospheric aerosols
2. Optical and Radiative Characterization of atmospheric Aerosols
3. Study of aerosols by various Remote Sensing Techniques
4. Impact of Aerosol on human Health
5. Impact of aerosol on agriculture
6. Impact of aerosols on climate over Himalayan region
7. Aerosol System over High Altitude Himalayas from observations and modeling and their possible effects of glaciers and radiation budget
8. Role of Aerosols on Water-Energy Resources and Development of Hydropower in Uttarakhand

AAQR focuses on aerosol and air quality and is indexed in SCI with the impact factor of 2.589 in 2017 JCR. AAQR is an open access journal supported by the publication fee charged to the corresponding author of the accepted papers. The Guidelines for Authors for submitting a manuscript can be found on the website of AAQR ( The deadline for manuscript submission is May 20, 2019. Manuscripts submitted after the deadline are considered only when the space is available. The targeted publication date is October 2019.

If there are any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Guest editors:
Dr. Sunil D. Pawar (, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology Pune, India
Dr. Rajendra Singh Negi (, HNB Garhwal University Srinagar Uttarakhand, India
Dr. Suresh Tiwari (, Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology Pune, India

Overseeing Editor-in-Chief:
Prof. Daniel A. Jaffe (
University of Washington-Bothell, USA


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