Challenges for research on global change in mainland Ecuador

In this special collection of papers, we compiled recent work on climate change and variability in mainland Ecuador. This compilation represents a selection of research projects that were presented in the national workshop on “Research on climate change and variability in Ecuador, and inter-institutional coordination of climate change research”, held in Quito in 2015. The workshop gathered 102 participants, and attracted researchers, policy makers, practitioners and professionals from government agencies, international organizations and NGOs. The special collection shows the diversity of topics within the study of climate change and variability in Ecuador. They represent the wide range of methodological approaches and spatial scales that are typically studied.