This series reports on new developments in research and teaching in the entire field of earth sciences. From the focused study of phenomena on the nano and micro-scales to the entire earth system including its early formation, evolution and future status. The series is thoroughly interdisciplinary presenting studies of the litho-, atmo-, hydro- and biospheres and their interactions through the application of the most advanced techniques from geophysics, geochemistry, geomathematics and state of the art geo-computing and visualization. As the name implies the submission of manuscripts based on advanced courses such as collections of lectures and tutorials, course materials for laboratory and field courses and summer schools is encouraged. In addition the series publishes; monographs on advanced topics, technical reports of high quality and broad interest and reports of conferences and workshops, reports on expeditions and surveys, provided they are of exceptional interest and focused on a single topic.