Aims and scope

Weather and Climate Dynamics (WCD) is a not-for-profit international scientific journal dedicated to the publication and public discussion of high-quality research on dynamical processes in the atmosphere. It represents a timely effort to establish a seamless perspective on atmospheric flows, on scales from weather to climate (minutes to decades). The scope of the journal includes the following: the dynamics of extreme weather events (case studies and climatological analyses); weather system dynamics in tropical, midlatitude and polar regions; interactions of atmospheric flows with cloud physics and/or radiation; links between the atmospheric water cycle and weather systems; tropical-extratropical and midlatitude-polar interactions; atmospheric teleconnections and stratosphere-troposphere coupling; boundary-layer dynamics and coupling to land, ocean and ice; atmospheric variability and predictability on time scales from minutes to decades; storm track and Hadley cell dynamics; role of atmospheric dynamics in palaeoclimate and climate change projections; and other aspects of weather and climate dynamics. Theoretical studies, idealized numerical studies, full-physics numerical studies, and diagnostic studies using (re)analysis and/or observational data are welcome.

The journal is dedicated to promoting studies that advance our understanding of atmospheric dynamics and the implications for weather and climate. Authors should pay particular attention to whether their paper would fit better in other journals published by EGU Publications, such as Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, Climate of the Past, Geoscientific Model Development, Earth System Dynamics, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, and Nonlinear Processes in Geophysics. The manuscript types considered for peer-reviewed publication are research articles, review articles, and commentaries/replies.

Weather and Climate Dynamics has a two-stage publication process involving the scientific discussion forum Weather and Climate Dynamics Discussions (WCDD), following the innovative open publication model introduced by Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics. This publication model has been designed to:

  • provide a lasting record of scientific discussion (open access to reviews and public comments);
  • maximize the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid posting of new scientific results;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.

In the first stage, manuscripts that pass a rapid access peer review by the editorial board are immediately posted in the discussion forum Weather and Climate Dynamics Discussions (WCDD). They are then subject to interactive public discussion, during which the referees' comments (anonymous or attributed), additional short comments by other members of the scientific community (attributed), and the authors' replies are also posted on the WCDD website. In the second stage, the peer-review process is completed and, if accepted, the final revised papers are published in WCD. To ensure publication precedence for authors, and to provide a lasting record of scientific discussion, WCDD and WCD are both ISSN-registered, permanently archived, and fully citable.