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The Arctic: An AGU Joint Special Collection

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Last updated:
28 December 2017
The Arctic has become the focus of many new investigations and studies across a number of disciplines. In many cases, this research is integrating diverse new data sets, observations, and modeling, and making connections among and across the biosphere, oceans, atmospheres, space, and geophysical environments. These papers include historical and new research on the Arctic and represent the following AGU journals: Earth’s Future, Earth and Space Science, Geochemistry Geophysics Geosystems (G-Cubed), Geophysical Research Letters, Global Biogeochemical Cycles, JAMES (Journal of Advances in Modeling Earth Systems), JGR: Oceans, JGR: Atmospheres, JGR: Solid Earth, JGR: Space Physics, JGR: Biogeosciences, JGR: Earth’s Surface, Reviews of Geophysics, Space Weather, and Water Resources Research.

Assessing Risk Governance Performance in the Face of Global Change

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13 December 2017
This special section focuses on geographies that are affected by different extreme events and for which the last IPCC reports show a high likelihood that those risks will increase in intensity and/or frequency. Examples of these geographies include but are not limited to South Africa, Kenya, the Maldives, Spain, Austria, Iceland, and Mexico. The main aim of the case studies presented in this special section is, by implementing a particular framework to assess the performance of alternative forms of governance, to show pathways that decrease risk vulnerability at the local level and to support the replicability of efficient risk governance structures. The special section shows the particularities of effective risk and adaptation governance processes delineated through political, historical, and societal differences.

Crutzen +10: Reflecting upon 10 years of geoengineering research

The year 2016 marked 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. This collection comprises research and commentaries from leading experts in the field of geoengineering on the development of the discussion over the past decade and to consider where it may be going in the next 10 years.



Resilient Decision-making for a Riskier World

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11 May 2017

This special collection applies risk and decision analysis to address complex challenges across food, energy, environment, and water systems. The contributions will not only highlight methodological innovations, but also provide a series of applications at locations across the world to show how risk-based decision making can be implemented, even with limited resources, and what difference it can make in terms of outcomes.

The special collection seeks contributions from a wide range of scholars and practitioners from various disciplines (including but not limited to conservation science, ecology, mathematics, soil science, agronomy, economics, decision science, hydrology, geography, and political science), on a variety of applications (including but not limited to urban flood management, food security, ecosystem services, water security, climate change, deforestation, and biodiversity) and in multiple locations. The complex causes and consequences of these risks at critical system boundaries calls for approaches that transcend narrow disciplines. The special collection welcomes framing contributions, methodological innovations, and empirical applications in the context of risks in food, energy, environment, and water.

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

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29 December 2016

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 features 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 are also included.

Earth Day 2016

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19 April 2016
AGU celebrates Earth Day 2016 with a selection of articles from our 19 peer-reviewed journals focusing on global environmental issues and climate change.

Migration: Between Climate Adaptation and Development

There is still debate on whether migration is a failure to adapt or an adaptation strategy to environmental stresses and shocks. Whereas isolating an environmental driver seems reasonably possible at the “displacement” side of the adaptation continuum, i.e. in forced migration’ circumstances, disentangling environmental determinants from other causes of migration is an extremely challenging task. This special issue includes papers exploring migration as a positive adaptation strategy, climate resilient development and settlement, as well as the limitations of climate adaptation. In doing so, the issue begins to disentangle the threads of climate change, migration and development, allowing for deeper knowledge of the issue, paving a way for more concrete understanding for decision-makers, academics and civil society alike.

Urbanization, carbon cycle, and climate change

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24 July 2015
This thematic set of Earth’s Future features four papers that synthesize contributions to the study of urbanization and the carbon cycle from the social sciences [Marcotullio et al., 2014], engineering sciences and technology [Chester et al., 2014] and the natural sciences [Hutyra et al., 2014], and present a new framework for the study of the urbanization and the carbon cycle that integrates multiple disciplinary perspectives and frameworks

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