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Learning From an Extreme El Niño

Agus Santoso, Climate Change Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes new scientific insights on the El Niño-Southern Oscillation from analysis of the 2015-2016 extreme El Niño. The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle is a periodic change in the ocean-atmosphere system of the tropical Pacific Ocean.... more

Spills, Sediment, and Shoreline Contamination

T. Prabhakar Clement, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Alabama

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes the formation and behavior of oil-sediment residues in marine and coastal environments following an oil spill. Oil spills in the ocean can have a devastating effect on marine and coastal ecosystems. In an article recently published in Reviews.... more

Probability Analysis Improves Hazard Assessment

Anita Grezio, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Italy

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes a probabilistic method for evaluating tsunami location, size, and risk to human populations. Many of the world’s natural events from earthquakes and volcanoes to tornados and landslides affect human populations. Estimating the likelihood.... more

Examining our Eyes in the Sky

Tijl Verhoelst, Royal Belgian Institute for Space Aeronomy, Belgium; email:, with contributions from co-authors

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics explored the challenges of validating data collected from Earth observation satellites. The wealth of information about our planet generated by satellites circulating the Earth is remarkable, informative and powerful, but not without its challenges..... more

The Spaces In Between

Allen G. Hunt, Department of Physics and Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Wright State University; and Muhammad Sahimi, Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, University of Southern California Los Angeles

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics explored the characteristics of porous media, described advances in percolation theory and its various applications across the geosciences. In the geosciences the flow and transport properties of porous media are typically associated with water resources,.... more

The Gravity of Geophysics

Editors' Vox— Volcanoes, glaciers, tectonic activity and ocean dynamics all have an effect on the Earth’s gravity. A recent review article in Reviews of Geophysics described techniques for measuring changes in gravity over space and time. The journal’s editors asked the authors some questions about.... more

Future Looks Drier as Drylands Continue to Expand

Editors' Vox— Drylands currently constitute about 41 per cent of the Earth’s land surface and are home to more than 38 per cent of the world’s population. Drylands are particularly vulnerable to environmental change. In fact, the areas categorized as dryland have been increasing over recent decades,.... more

Tropical Teleconnections

Editors' Vox— Weather patterns are generally described in regional terms but they do not occur in isolation because they are part of the global atmospheric system. A review article recently published in Reviews of Geophysics gave an overview of current understanding of “teleconnections” in atmospheric.... more

Peering into the Cracks

Editors' Vox— Natural processes of mechanical weathering cause solid rock to break up. However, there are a range of forces that cause cracks, different rates of cracking and several processes by which cracks grow. A recent article in Reviews of Geophysics looked specifically at how low-level forces.... more

Small Streams Make Big Contribution to Carbon Cycle

Editors' Vox— Worldwide, there are many more miles of small streams and rivers than large rivers but their contribution to the global carbon cycle is not yet fully understood. A recent review article published in Reviews of Geophysics explored the contribution of headwater streams to carbon storage.... more