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Call for Papers for "Crutzen +10: Reflecting upon 10 years of geoengineering research"

Submission acceptance begins: 15 May 2016
Submission deadline: 31 August 2016

Special section organizers: Miranda Boettcher and Stefan Schӓfer, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)

The year 2016 marks the 10 year anniversary of Nobel laureate Paul Crutzen's seminal 2006 contribution on geoengineering, "Albedo enhancement by stratospheric sulfur injection: A contribution to solve a policy dilemma?” Crutzen’s paper in climatic change sparked an unprecedented surge of academic, public, and political interest in geoengineering. AGU’s journal Earth’s Future invites leading experts in the field of geoengineering research to contribute brief reflections (2 - 5 pages) on the development of the discussion over the past decade and to consider where it may be going in the next 10 years.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact

Call for Papers for "Energy (2016)"

Submissions accepted through 2016

With reliance on fossil fuels growing for the foreseeable future, particularly in non-OECD nations, Research Articles, Reviews and Commentaries will address availability and impacts of non-renewable energy sources, including oil, gas, coal and nuclear, as well as opportunities and challenges for energy alternatives, including solar, wind, hydro, geothermal and biomass. Contributions will examine our energy futures on regional and global scales, by bringing together the geosciences, engineering and socio-economic sciences.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact

Call for Papers for "Water and Food (2016)"

Submissions accepted through 2016

Given a growing human population, Research Articles, Reviews and Commentaries will examine today’s state of water and food availability and access, and related human and ecosystem challenges and possible solutions for a future with ~9 billion people by mid-century. Contributions will be rooted in scientific knowledge, theory and models of the bio- and geosciences, and may include economic considerations and social perspectives.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact

Call for Papers for "Integrated field analysis & modeling of the coastal dynamics of sea level rise in the northern Gulf of Mexico"

Submission acceptance begins: 1 May 2015

Guest Editors: Scott C. Hagen, David Kidwell, James T. Morris, and Denise E. DeLorme

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Earth’s Future on one of the most prominent aspects of global climate change is sea level rise (SLR). With nearly a quarter of the world’s population living within 100 km of a shoreline and 100 m in elevation of sea level, SLR has the potential to considerably impact both human and ecological habitats. The Gulf of Mexico coast sustains a diverse habitat including delta marshes, lower river floodplain forests, and oyster reefs, which provide for many commercially important species. Strategies to maintain or enhance the resiliency to SLR of these ecosystems and the communities they surround will be informed by the application of tools that enable scenario assessments of future conditions and adaptation actions. This special issue will feature articles that examine impacts from the coastal dynamics of SLR through integrated field assessments and models representing tides, wind-wave, surge, coastal morphology, overland, and biological processes. Articles on the advantages of employing a collaborative science-management process and future science priorities will also be included.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact

Call for Papers for “Urbanization, Carbon Cycle, and Climate Change”

Submission acceptance begins: 1 May 2014

Guest Editors: Patricia Romero-Lankao, Kevin Robert Gurney, and Karen C. Seto

Manuscripts are invited for a special section of AGU’s new journal Earth’s Future on the interactions between urbanization and the carbon cycle. The world is already half urbanized and that proportion is expected to rise to two thirds by mid-century, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Some 70% of CO2 emissions can be traced to cities, either directly or as embodied carbon. There is tremendous spatial variation in urbanization worldwide, but our knowledge of how the process influences the global carbon cycle is based on a very limited set of urban systems in high income countries and is fraught with uncertainty, which will only increase as urbanization trends continue. Although urbanization processes and their links to carbon flow have received increased attention, a gap persists between the natural, engineering and social sciences exploring human-carbon interactions in cities.
This special issue addresses the gap by bringing together scholarship from disciplinary domains to: better understand the interactions of urbanization processes and urban systems—including their socio-institutional, economic, technological, infrastructure, and ecosystem components—with the carbon cycle; assess research within the existing related fields (i.e., engineering, social and physical sciences) and within their regions; and identify interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary areas requiring new or improved research.

Manuscripts should be submitted through the GEMS Web site submission site. For additional information please contact Earth & Space Science News

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