Call for Papers for “Continuous nutrient sensing in research and management: applications and lessons learned across aquatic environments and watersheds”
Submission acceptance begins: 1 September 2016
Submission deadline: 31 December 2016
Special Section Organizers:Brian Pellerin (USGS), Beth Stauffer (University of Louisiana - Lafayette), Mario Tamburri (University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science), Matthew Miller (USGS)
Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research regarding the use of high-frequency sensors for nutrient monitoring and research in freshwater and coastal systems. Nutrient pollution, along with resulting eutrophication, hypoxia, and harmful algal blooms, is one of the most significant environmental problems facing the world today. Continuous nutrient sensing is on the cusp of being a widely employable technique for collecting data on in-water nutrient concentrations (primarily dissolved forms of nitrogen and phosphorus) to help inform management and mitigation efforts and as tools for fundamental research. As new sensors continue to be developed and used in a variety of applications and environments spanning the water cycle, analyses and data interpretation from early adopters of these technologies will be critical to guiding their future use for research and management.
Submission acceptance begins: 1 February 2016
Proposers:Jon Chorover, Institution: University of Arizona
William McDowell, Institution: University of New Hampshire
Louis Derry, Institution: Cornell University
Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research (WRR) in which Critical Zone scientists seek to develop mechanistic-predictive theory of critical zone structure, function and long-term evolution. Contemporaneous hydrochemical controls over all three can be related quantitatively to dissipative solute releases measured down-gradient of reactive flow paths. These flow paths have variable lengths, compositions, and residence times, and their mixing is reflected in concentration-discharge (C/Q) relations. It is recognized that contemporaneous measurements are only that, and don’t necessarily reflect C/Q behavior over the course of CZ evolution. Motivation for this special section originates from a U.S. Critical Zone Observatories workshop that was held at the University of New Hampshire, July 20-22, 2015. The workshop focused on resolving mechanistic CZ controls over surface water chemical dynamics across the full range of lithogenic (e.g., non-hydrolyzing and hydrolyzing cations and oxyanions) and bioactive solutes (e.g., organic and inorganic forms of C, N, P, S), including dissolved and colloidal species that may co-occur for a given element. Papers are invited to be included in this special section if they utilize information pertaining to internal, integrated catchment function (relations between hydrology, biogeochemistry and landscape structure) to help shed light on controls over observed C/Q relations.
Call for Papers for "Engagement, Communication, and Decision-Making Under Uncertainty” or “ECODECUN1”
Submission acceptance begins: 15 January 2016
Proposers:Grey Nearing, Institution: NASA GSFC Hydrological Sciences Laboratory
Mary Hill, Institution: University of Kansas
Anthony Jakeman, Institution: Australian National University
Ming Ye, Institution: Florida State University
Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research highlighting why and in what circumstances uncertainty matters, and how science and research-oriented hydrologists can help identify and provide germane information and support required by decision-makers. Modern hydrologic literature contains a large number of technical approaches to estimating and managing uncertainty, but relatively few insights into how these estimates relate to one another, how they are best used to solve practical problems, and about how the needs of decision making processes can be used to drive the tradeoffs that are inherent in any technical exercise in uncertainty analysis or accounting.
Call for Papers for "Modeling highly heterogeneous aquifers: Lessons learned in the last 30 years from the MADE experiments and others"
Submission acceptance begins: 15 November 2015
Proposers:J. Jaime Gómez-Hernández, Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Universitat Politècnica de València
Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research dealing with results of tracer experiments performed in highly heterogeneous aquifers, particularly the well-documented experiments performed at the Macrodispersion Experiment (MADE) site in Columbus, Mississippi, USA. These results have challenged the research community for almost three decades, generating extensive debate regarding mechanisms controlling contaminant transport in highly heterogeneous aquifers, modeling strategies for effectively representing these mechanisms, and how to obtain the data required to use those models in a predictive fashion. Recent work at MADE demonstrates its continuing relevance for advancements in aquifer characterization and modeling techniques. The wealth of data obtained over the years at MADE and similar sites has provided a basis to develop and test different conceptualizations and models of solute transport. This special section will focus on the following two questions: What have we learned from field-scale tracer experiments in highly heterogeneous aquifers and where do we go from here? What modeling approaches are most effective for simulating groundwater transport through highly heterogeneous media and quantifying associated uncertainties, and what information is needed to parameterize these models?
Call for Papers for “Emergent aquatic carbon-nutrient dynamics as products of hydrological, biogeochemicial, and ecological interactions”
Submission acceptance begins: 15 September 2015
Proposers:Tim Covino, Institution: Colorado State University
Hong-Yi Li, Pacific Northwest National Lab
Heather Golden, US EPA, Office of Research and Development
Jinyun Tang, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Manuscripts are invited for a special section of Water Resources Research dealing with Carbon-nutrient dynamics in aquatic systems, such as rivers, lakes and wetlands, represent emergent responses from complex interactions among hydrological, biogeochemical and ecological processes. For example, hydrologic flow paths and residence times are connected closely to attendant biogeochemical processing of carbon and nutrients (e.g., nitrogen, phosphorous, sulfur). These, together with other interconnected processes (e.g., human activities, aquatic ecological dynamics), organize biogeochemical patterns across various aquatic systems at a range of spatiotemporal scales. A coherent understanding synthesized from different physical and biological disciplines is therefore necessary to interpret and predict the complex and often non-linear behavior of aquatic systems. In this special issue, we seek contributions that investigate hydrological, biogeochemical, and ecological interactions – particularly those involving carbon-nutrient dynamics – and that provide insight to the functioning of these linked systems from interdisciplinary perspectives.
Submission acceptance begins: 1 November 2016
Submission Deadline: 28 February 2017
Special Section Organizers: Murugesu Sivapalan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), David J. Yu (Purdue University), Megan Konar (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Taikan Oki (The University of Tokyo), Christopher A. Scott (University of Arizona)
Sustainable water management in the era of the Anthropocene demands an understanding of the inter-relationship between humans and water resources. The new field of socio-hydrology was introduced to deal explicitly with the long-term emergent dynamics arising from the bidirectional feedbacks between coupled human-water systems, and has seen tremendous growth in the last 5 years. Increasingly socio-hydrology needs to account for feedbacks between hydrological and social processes across different spatial and temporal scales in order to explore tradeoffs and synergies in the system, and to provide scientific support for solving pressing water resources problems. Tradeoffs in the form of human choices can be of many kinds: between humans and the environment, among different sectors that use water (e.g., energy, food, industry) or groups in society with different levels of resilience to disturbances. Within the prevailing environmental and resource milieu, human choices are mediated by societal values and preferences, which are in turn shaped by the long-term dynamics of the human-water system itself, and must therefore be treated as endogenous to the system. The values and preferences can vary along upstream-downstream, urban-rural, humid-arid, rich-poor, or technologic-green society gradients. In this way human choices have a spatial dimension, and over a period of time can manifest in legacy effects or chrono-sequences recorded in the land/human-scape. Presence of the resulting heterogeneities in both hydrologic conditions, and institutional and human behaviors may lead to inequities and conflicts in both human and environmental conditions. These may be alleviated or exacerbated through physical exchanges of water, trading of water intensive commodities, such as food (virtual water), and ecosystem services, and through infrastructure development or institutional change. These complexities have major implications for water management, governance, and policy at all scales. New research is needed to characterize the heterogeneity of human-water dynamics across scales and across multiple case studies, including their global teleconnections. This special section in Water Resources Research calls for a wide range of submissions on novel and innovative studies of the dynamics of human-water systems: their interlinkages at local, regional, national, continental, and global spatial scales, and on daily, annual, decadal, and centennial time scales, from observational, analytical, modeling, and management perspectives, and approaches to deal with associated data, methodological and disciplinary challenges. Potential submissions can be in any one of the following areas:
(1) Fundamental studies of the mechanisms behind human-water system co-evolution, and theory development;
(2) Data-based and comparative studies to highlight emergent phenomena and contributing mechanisms;
(3) Model development and generation of predictive understanding, including insights into predictability; and,
(4) Innovative applications, through interfacing with policy and management communities.
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