Earth Perspectives - Transdisciplinarity Enabled

Editors in Chief

  • Ghassem Asrar, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Thomas Krafft, Maastricht University
  • Michael Piasecki, The City College of New York
  • Michael Schaepman, University of Zurich


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Open thematic series

Shaping the Landscape of Climate Services: The International Research Institute for Climate and Society
Guest editor: Lisa Goddard (IRI)

The International Research Institute for Climate and Society (IRI) is a unique organization that has been at the forefront of innovation in climate data. Since the 1990’s, when the IRI was formed through a cooperative agreement between the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration and Columbia University, IRI has utilized climate science to help anticipate and manage climate risks and opportunities, particularly in developing countries. IRI’s numerous projects include water management in the Southern Cone of South America, fire early-warning systems in Indonesia, and drought pattern research in the Sahel region. IRI’s research has shown to be valuable for countries preparing for the challenges of variable and extreme climate compounded with a growing population. This thematic series intends to show how these multi-disciplinary efforts fit together into the big picture that illustrates the value of each piece to the overall goals of climate risk management or climate change adaptation or climate services.

Deadline for submissions: June 30th, 2013

First articles will be published in early 2014

Water at the Nexus of Inter- and Transdisciplinary Science

Managing editor: Michael Piasecki (CCNY)

Availability of and access to clean Water is one of the central themes that is being discussed and researched by many on a global scale having garnered increased attention over the past couple of decades. It is not surprising therefore that water is considered a nexus at which many disciplines and interests intersect, be it hydrology, ecology, energy supply, public health, sociology, society in general, climatology, geology, economy, agronomy, and also, most importantly, politics. This first thematic series of Earth Perspectives collects contributions that highlight the pivotal role water plays in many societal settings as well as the earth sciences in general.

Deadline for submission: June 30th 2013

Articles will be published in the last quarter of 2013

Aims & scope


Earth Perspectives - Transdisciplinarity Enabled focuses on publishing and promoting integrating approaches to research, analysis and prediction of the Earth System, including the role of humans that either contribute to and/or are affected by the Earth System variability and changes. The journal’s intent is to bring together rich scientific knowledge and experience residing within natural and social sciences and humanities towards developing solutions and best practices that can be used in addressing contemporary socioeconomic development challenges facing the nations around the world. This holistic approach to global sustainability requires a transdisciplinary research agenda to be enabled by the scholarly papers published in Earth Perspectives.

The journal will build on the scientific foundation established by the Earth System Sciences studies that have enabled a major focus on interactions among the major Earth system spheres (i.e. litho-, hydro-, bio-, atmosphere) which have increasingly improved our ability to assess the consequences of the complex interactions within and among these spheres. The global society needs better access to this scientific knowledge to inform social, economic and development decisions in light of a fast growing population, competition for natural resources, and frequent occurrence of extreme weather and climate events. The journal will foster such approach to research and provision of science-based information for decision-making with the aim to demonstrate the benefits of science and technology in serving the needs of society.

Earth Perspectives - Transdisciplinarity Enabled shall publish topics on Earth-Human interactions and their influence on major global cycles of water, energy, nutrients, ecosystems and associated services, environment, and health with a major focus on socioeconomic aspects and human decisions. The transdisciplinary approach is required to address complex environmental challenges by natural and social sciences with due consideration to economics. Innovative engineering solutions will benefit greatly the global sustainability agenda and bring about the societal transformations to meet the needs of current and future generation of Earth inhabitants.

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ISSN: 2194-6434