Special issues

Recent special issues across AGU journals. For others, see each the collections link in each journal.

Atmospheric Rivers in GRL

Beginning with Newell et al’s seminal study – which termed these filamentary tropospheric water vapor fluxes “rivers” – research into the processes that govern atmospheric rivers has increased as their importance for moisture transport, extreme rainfall, and flooding have been recognized.  While much of this research has focused on the West Coast of the United States, atmospheric rivers are increasingly considered critical to understanding the climate and hydrology of other regions around the globe. The papers in this special collection have been hand-selected by the journal editors.

 

Open for Submissions: No

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Low Earth Orbit Satellite Drag: Science and Operational Impact in Space Weather

A NASA LWS (Living With a Star program) Institute on “Nowcast of Atmospheric Drag for LEO Spacecraft” was established in 2015. The institute charter was to (a) review the current status of atmospheric drag research, (b) review operational concerns for LEO satellites, (c) identify and understand the major issues in atmospheric drag estimation and prediction, and (d) provide recommendations to improve our ability to make accurate drag nowcasts/forecasts that meet operational requirements. The institute included scientists and members of the satellite operation community from around the world. The institute had two meetings in 2016 and identified key issues LEO satellite drag and its variations: changes in neutrals (density, composition, and wind) arising from space weather conditions (solar energy inputs including solar radiation, solar wind, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes, as well as energy from the lower atmosphere).  This special collection will include contributions from the institute members and the community.

Open for Submissions: Yes

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Resilient Decision-making for a Riskier World in Earth's Future

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.

Open for Submissions: Yes

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2016 URSI Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference in Radio Science

This special issue provides a collection of papers presented at the “2016 URSI Asia-Pacific Radio Science Conference” (URSI AP-RASC 2016) held in Seoul, South Korea on August 21-25, 2016, and includes invited papers (original and review articles) and contributed papers (original articles). All participants in URSI AP-RASC 2016 who presented papers are eligible to submit.

This special issue reports progress and recent advances in radio science research, ranging from fundamental theories to various applications, and covers the areas related to all the URSI Commissions A to K.

Suggested topics include: electromagnetic metrology, fields and waves, radio communication systems and signal processing, electronics and photonics, electromagnetic environment and interference, wave propagation and remote sensing, ionospheric radio and propagation, waves in plasmas, radio astronomy, and electromagnetics in biology and medicine. It is to be noted that invited papers are based on invitations by the organizers.

Open for Submissions: Yes

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Beacon Satellite Symposium 2016 in Radio Science

This special issue focuses the ionospheric effects on radio propagation. It focuses on all aspects of satellite signals observed on the ground and by receivers on-board satellites, in particular ionospheric electron content and scintillation effects. In this context, the submission of papers on the following topics are encouraged: recent studies and techniques on ionospheric tomography, occultation techniques, assimilation models, distributed arrays of ionospheric measurements, and space weather activities and satellite based navigation and communication systems.

Open for Submissions: Yes

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Investigations of the Bagnold Dune Field, Gale crater in JGR: Planets

The Bagnold Dune Field, Gale crater, is a large and active Martian sand deposit. This special issue welcomes publications studying the dunes, utilizing orbital data and/or the full suite of MSL instruments from Curiosity’s winter 2015/2016 in situ investigation. Related papers on dunes and sands on Mars that contextualize the Bagnold dune field are also welcome.

This special issue is dedicated to Nathan Bridges, who co-organized the issue and passed away before it was completed.

Open for Submissions: No

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Observations, Simulations and Theory of Electric Currents in the Solar System in JGR: Space Physics

Electric currents are fundamental to the structure and dynamics of space plasmas. New developments in observations, simulations and theory made it timely to collect new research studies on electric currents. Hence, this special issue of JGR-Space Physics contains research papers on electric currents in the ionospheres and magnetospheres of the Earth and other planets, in the heliosphere, and on the Sun. Studies contained address not only current system structure and dynamics but also the impacts and ramifications on the local space environment. Many of the collected papers are based on presentations and discussions at an AGU Chapman conference held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, in May 2016. Papers relevant to the scope but not presented at the conference are also included.

Open for Submissions: No

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Low Earth Orbit Satellite Drag: Science and Operational Impact in Space Weather

A NASA LWS (Living With a Star program) Institute on “Nowcast of Atmospheric Drag for LEO Spacecraft” was established in 2015. The institute charter was to (a) review the current status of atmospheric drag research, (b) review operational concerns for LEO satellites, (c) identify and understand the major issues in atmospheric drag estimation and prediction, and (d) provide recommendations to improve our ability to make accurate drag nowcasts/forecasts that meet operational requirements. The institute included scientists and members of the satellite operation community from around the world. The institute had two meetings in 2016 and identified key issues LEO satellite drag and its variations: changes in neutrals (density, composition, and wind) arising from space weather conditions (solar energy inputs including solar radiation, solar wind, magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling processes, as well as energy from the lower atmosphere).  This special collection will include contributions from the institute members and the community.

Open for Submissions: Yes

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Hydrology delivers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4): Improving and Integrating Knowledge across Disciplines on Global Energy, Water and Carbon Cycles in WRR

Several community-wide initiatives (such as CMIP, GSWP, ISIMIP, HAPPI, ILAMB, etc.) have developed to synthesize and advance knowledge of climate change impacts, land surface processes, global energy, and water and biogeochemical cycles. These initiatives have made indispensable contributions to recent advances in Earth system sciences. The 4th International Conference, Hydrology Delvers Earth System Sciences to Society (HESSS4), was hosted at the Institution of Industrial science with the University of Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan the week of May 16th, 2017. Its purpose was to strengthen synergies between research communities of climate modeling, monitoring, and impact assessment, and to discuss how to deliver scientific achievements to our society. Here, we call for papers for a special collection in Water Resources Research to compile those interdisciplinary works introduced at HESSS4 and extend the invitation to associated communities. Further details of the conference are available on the Web page.

Submissions to this special collection can cover a wide range of interrelated research topics, including, but not limited to the below. Contributions linking two or more of these topics are especially encouraged.   More on link.

 

Open for Submissions: Yes

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Celebrating Hydrologic Science in the "Science is Essential" Collection in WRR

Water Resources Research published nine commentaries in the AGU “Science is Essential” collection. The goal of these papers is to celebrate the advances in hydrologic science, to show how hydrologic science is essential for society, and to illustrate how hydrologic science has influenced policies.

Open for Submissions: No

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Early Results: Juno at Jupiter in Multiple AGU Journals

Early results from Juno’s mission at Jupiter including approach to Jupiter and the first perijove pass (PJ1).  Juno’s scientific objectives include the study of Jupiter’s interior, atmosphere and polar magnetosphere with the goal of understanding Jupiter’s origin, formation and evolution.  This collection of papers provides early results from Juno’s measurements of the gravity and magnetic fields, deep atmospheric microwave sounding, infrared, visible and ultraviolet images/spectra and an array of fields and particles instruments as well as context for the early results with respect to current theory and models of Jupiter’s formation and evolution.  Topics include both Juno – Jupiter related theoretical models and data analysis as well as collaborative observations made from Earth based assets.

Open for Submissions: No

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