This Special Issue aims to publish the most new studies discussing the state-of-the-art research in the fields of Holocene glaciations in the Mediterranean mountains.

The objective is to update knowledge on the impact of colder Holocene phases on Mediterranean mountains in order to better understand the spatial and temporal patterns of glaciation in Mediterranean mountains during the Holocene and their environmental implications. Papers can be submitted from 1st July until 31st December 2019.

Traditionally, the Holocene has been described as a warm phase with relatively stable temperatures that favoured the retreat of glaciers in the Mediterranean region. However, over the last decades there is increasing evidence from a wide range of proxies that the Holocene recorded significant climate changes that led also to the collapse of some civilisations. Some of these phases were characterized by colder conditions than present, which in Mediterranean mountains must have conditioned an expansion of cold-climate geomorphological processes, including glaciers.
The impact of Holocene glaciers in Mediterranean ranges must have been restricted and only limited to the highest mountains. Several studies have reported evidence of the occurrence of glaciers during the Holocene using avariety of sources (geomorphic and sedimentary evidence, historical sources, lacustrine records, etc), especially with regards to the Little Ice Age (LIA). However, there are still some open questions that need to be addressed:
-Was the LIA the period characterized by the largest Holocene glaciers in the Mediterranean region?
-Is there any evidence of other cold phases detected in ice cores andmarine sediments (e.g. 8.2 ka event, Neoglacial or Dark Ages)?
-To what extent, the landscape in the highest mountains is still reactingto paraglacial adjustment following the LIA?
-Can Holocene glaciers be used to assess paleoclimatic conditions?
-What were the phases of major glacier advances in the Holocene and howsynchronous were they in the Mediterranean mountains?
-Data on Holocene moraines in the Mediterranean mountains are still veryscarce. Is there any new dating evidence of the Holocene glacier activity?
Submitting authors should select the voice S. I. Holocene glaciation in the Mediterranean mountains, on the dropdown menu during the submission process. Manuscripts can be submitted on or before the deadline. All papers will be evaluated thoroughly through a single-blind peer-review process. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (i. e. as soon asaccepted) and will be listed directly one after the other on the special issues section at the journals website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. Submitted manuscripts should not havebeen published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submitting manuscripts are available on the journals Instructions for Authors page.
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Submission deadline: 31 December 2019

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