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Above and Below: Understanding River-Groundwater Exchanges

Philip Brunner and Philippe Renard, University of Neuchâtel, Switzerland; René Therrien, Université Laval Québec, Canada; Craig T. Simmons, Flinders University, Australia; and Harrie-Jan Hendricks Franssen, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Editors' Vox— Field data, new technologies, numerical modelling, and geostatistical methods can be combined to improve understanding of the interactions between surface water and groundwater. Contemporary hydrology is concerned with pressing problems that often involve the interactions between rivers.... more

Modeling Megathrust Zones

Rob Govers, Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Review of Geophysics built a unifying model to predict the surface characteristics of large earthquakes. The past few decades have seen a number of very large earthquakes at subduction zones. Researchers now have an array of advanced technologies that provide insights.... more

Pedotransfer Functions Bring New Life to Earth System Modeling

Kris Van Looy and Harry Vereecken, Institute of Bio and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

Editors' Vox— A recent paper in Reviews of Geophysics describes how currently available soil information furthers our understanding of soil processes and their integration in Earth system modeling. Soil is a very important feature of the Earth’s surface, essential for the vitality of ecosystems and.... more

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