Water resources and environmental sustainability is crucial for human existence on this planet. A variety of approaches are used to measure, model, and/or manage water resources; these are often an important aspect of environmental sustainability. Assessment of uncertainty for water resources and environmental sustainability helps improve the understanding of earth systems.This special issue of Frontiers of Earth Science is soliciting papers focusing on methods to assess water systems, with an emphasis on water resources and environmental sustainability in any part of the globe with a physical, ecological, or social science perspective, or any combination thereof. The main goal of the special issue is to provide further insight into the variety of methods that are being used to describe water systems. Papers are especially sought that use more than one method and/or non-traditional methods to quantify and describe water resources and water systems.
Frontiers of Earth Science publishes original, peer-reviewed, theoretical and experimental frontier research papers as well as significant review articles of more general interest to earth scientists. The journal features articles dealing with observations, patterns, processes, and modeling of both innerspheres (including deep crust, mantle, and core) and outerspheres (including atmosphere, hydrosphere, and biosphere) of the earth. Its aim is to promote communication and share knowledge among the international earth science communities. Thematic issues will periodically be published featuring particular areas of earth science. The scope of the journal covers a broad range of earth science topics, including, but not limited to, physical geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, ecology, biology, global change, hydrology, environmental pollution, biogeochemical cycles, natural resource management, ecosystems and sustainability, land use cover and change, environmental assessment and monitoring, remote sensing, instrumentation technology, data acquisition/processing/assimilation, algorithm development, application and modeling, as well as socioeconomic drivers and societal consequences of the changing planet and its environment. Critical reviews and discussions of recently published research papers are also encouraged.