Editorial Overview: Slow Onset Events related to Climate Change

Elsevier, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, Volume 50, June 2021
Authors: 
Adamo S., Djalante R., Chakrabarti P.D., Renaud F.G., Yalew A.W., Stabinsky D. et al.

This special issue of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability (COSUST) responds to an invitation from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism (WIM Excom) to bring together a collection of articles on environmental sustainability in relation to slow onset events. The Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) identified sea level rise, increasing temperatures, ocean acidification, glacial retreat and related impacts, salinization, land and forest degradation, loss of biodiversity and desertification as slow onset events of particular concern ([1] decision 1/CP.16, December 2010 at COP16 in Cancun, Mexico). The articles review and synthesize literature which evaluate the nature of slow onset events and associated impacts and highlight emerging topics in the scientific literature in this regard. The special issue helps identify the gaps and challenges in understanding related to these types of events and their local, national, and regional impacts, and possible approaches to manage these. This collection of papers enhances the knowledge base and highlight potential approaches to assess and address the impacts and risks associated with slow onset events that can support the development and accessibility of tools, which inform national planning and policymaking processes. The reviews also help highlight gaps in knowledge and point to areas for future research.