Call for Papers

Call for Papers for "Responses to environmental change in aquatic mountain ecosystems"

Submission Open Date: 1 January 2017 

Special Section Organizers: Sudeep Chandra (University of Nevada, Reno), Kevin Rose, Steven Sadro

Water Resources Research is now welcoming manuscript submissions on the subject of aquatic mountain ecosystems' responses to environmental change. Mountain ecosystems cover a quarter of the earth's surface and supply water to half the population of the planet. These systems are characterized by steep landscape gradients, long periods of snow cover, short growing seasons, and harsh and variable environments. Lotic and lentic habitats within these ecosystems are sensitive to environmental forcing, making them sentinels or bellwethers for environmental and anthropogenic change. In this issue we present ecological, hydrological, and biogeochemical research focused on aquatic ecosystems found in mountainous regions around the world. We present research that explores species and/or ecosystems responses to environmental change, including analyses of long term datasets, space for time substitutions, field surveys, model driven analyses, and other efforts to understand the structure and function of  mountain ecosystems. Studies that explore linkages between terrestrial, atmospheric, and aquatic habitats were particularly encouraged, as are those that explore linkages within and among aquatic habitats.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Call for Papers for “Socio-hydrology: Spatial and Temporal Dynamics of Coupled Human-Water Systems”

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.

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

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