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
Open thematic series
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.
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.
SpringerOpen is Springer’s new suite of open access journals which will cover all disciplines. SpringerOpen journals are fully and immediately open access and will publish articles under the Creative Commons Attribution license. This makes it easy for authors to fully comply with open access mandates and retain copyright. SpringerOpen journals combine open access and our expertise in delivering high-quality and rapid publications, from online submission systems and in-depth peer review to an efficient, author-friendly production process.
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