April 22nd 2017 is Earth Day
Earth Day 2017's campaign is environmental and climate literacy. We are thrilled to join the global cause "to build a global citizenry fluent in the concepts of climate change and aware of its unprecedented threat to our planet."*
To mark this day we have selected relevant articles which have all been made freely available online. We also highlight our books, book series and journals in these areas. Enjoy browsing!
Top downloaded Articles in Climate and Environment
The top downloaded articles in Springer's key climate and environmental journals. We invite you to read these articles for free until June 15th (open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis).
- The reliability of global and hemispheric surface temperature records
- Indo-western Pacific ocean capacitor and coherent climate anomalies in post-ENSO summer: A review
- Developed and developing world contributions to climate system change based on carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide emissions
- Relationship between Indian and East Asian summer rainfall variations
- The mineralogy and fabric of ‘Brickearths’ in Kent, UK and their relationship to engineering behaviour
- Landslide investigations in the northwest section of the lesser Khingan range in China using combined HDR and GPR methods
- Rock bolt supporting factor: rock bolting capability of rock mass
- A discrepancy between observed and predicted NATM tunnel behaviors and updating: a case study of the Sabzkuh tunnel
- Slope stability assessment using both empirical and numerical methods: a case study
- Health and Environmental Risks from Lead-based Ammunition: Science Versus Socio-Politics
- CITES: In Sickness and in Health?
- Assessing the Evidence Supporting Fruit Bats as the Primary Reservoirs for Ebola Viruses
- Lessons from the Ebola Outbreak: Action Items for Emerging Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response
- Bat Predation by Cercopithecus Monkeys: Implications for Zoonotic Disease Transmission
- Loss of Plant Species Diversity Reduces Soil Erosion Resistance
- Frontiers in Ecosystem Ecology from a Community Perspective: The Future is Boundless and Bright
- Insurance Value of Green Infrastructure in and Around Cities
- To Tree or Not to Tree: Cultural Views from Ancient Romans to Modern Ecologists
- Bistability, Spatial Interaction, and the Distribution of Tropical Forests and Savannas
- Thermal damage pattern and thresholds of granite
- Three-dimensional run-out analysis and prediction of flow-like landslides using smoothed particle hydrodynamics
- Building a new and sustainable “Silk Road economic belt”
- Analysis of changes in climate and river discharge with focus on seasonal runoff predictability in the Aksu River Basin
- Aquatic effects of peat extraction and peatland forest drainage: a comparative sediment study of two adjacent lakes in Central Finland
- Emission Data Uncertainty in Urban Air Quality Modeling—Case Study
- Contact Tank Design Impact on Process Performance
- Characterising the Evolution of Energy System Models Using Model Archaeology
- Predicting Irrigated and Rainfed Rice Yield Under Projected Climate Change Scenarios in the Eastern Region of India
- Hybrid Neural Networks and Boosted Regression Tree Models for Predicting Roadside Particulate Matter
- Groundwater availability in the United States: the value of quantitative regional assessments
- Water availability and land subsidence in the Central Valley, California, USA
- Mapping groundwater storage variations with GRACE: a case study in Alberta, Canada
- The International Association of Hydrogeologists (IAH): reflecting on 60 years of contributions to groundwater science and water management
- The current status of mapping karst areas and availability of public sinkhole-risk resources in karst terrains of the United States
- A new tectono-sedimentary model for Cretaceous mixed nonmarine–marine oil-prone Komombo Rift, South Egypt
- Reconstructing the Alps–Carpathians–Dinarides as a key to understanding switches in subduction polarity, slab gaps and surface motion
- From nappe stacking to exhumation: Cretaceous tectonics in the Apuseni Mountains (Romania)
- Tectono-stratigraphic evolution and crustal architecture of the Orphan Basin during North Atlantic rifting
- Mass-transport deposits and reservoir quality of Upper Cretaceous Chalk within the German Central Graben, North Sea
- Multiple Modeling Approach for the Aquatic Effects Assessment of a Proposed Northern Diamond Mine Development
- Causes and Effects of Uncontrolled Water Inrush into a Decommissioned Mine Shaft
- Review of Passive Systems for Acid Mine Drainage Treatment
- Factors Controlling the Migration of Tailings-Derived Arsenic: A Case Study at the Yara Siilinjärvi Site
- Causes of Decreased Discharge and Damage to a Dewatering Well’s Gravel Coat
- Learning from mistakes in climate research
- Assessment of climate variations in temperature and precipitation extreme events over Iran
- Intercomparison of CMIP5 simulations of summer precipitation, evaporation, and water vapor transport over Yellow and Yangtze River basins
- Mapping the mean monthly precipitation of a small island using kriging with external drifts
- A mental picture of the greenhouse effect
- The regional impact of Land-Use Land-cover Change (LULCC) over West Africa from an ensemble of global climate models under the auspices of the WAMME2 project
- Influence of Pacific Decadal Oscillation on the relationship between ENSO and tropical cyclone activity in the Bay of Bengal during October–December
- Mediterranean Sea response to climate change in an ensemble of twenty first century scenarios
- North American extreme temperature events and related large scale meteorological patterns: a review of statistical methods, dynamics, modeling, and trends
- Reconstructing 800 years of summer temperatures in Scotland from tree rings
Change the World, One Article at a Time
Taken from Springer's 2017 Change the World, One Article at a Time campaign. Our Editors-in-Chief have nominated one article (published in 2016) from their journal that could help humanity and protect & preserve our planet. Each Editor-in-Chief provides a comment on the significance of the article. Enjoy reading! Free access available until July 31th (open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis).
- When is a forest a forest? Forest concepts and definitions in the era of forest and landscape restoration (AMBIO)
What the Editor-in-Chief says: Distinguishing between different types of forests and reforests in tropical regions is critical to conserving forests and forest biodiversity.
- An evolutionary ecology perspective to address forest pathology challenges of today and tomorrow (Annals of Forest Science) (Annals of Forest Science)
Increasing human impact on forests, including unintentional movement of pathogens, climate change, and large-scale intensive plantations, is associated with an unprecedented rate of new diseases. An evolutionary ecology perspective can help address these challenges and provide direction for sustainable forest management.
- The secret pollinators: an overview of moth pollination with a focus on Europe and North America (Arthropod-Plant Interactions)
Amid all the buzz around pollinating insects, we seem to have neglected one important group: night pollinators. Must read.
- The Application of the Acoustic Complexity Indices (ACI) to Ecoacoustic Event Detection and Identification (EEDI) Modeling (Biosemiotics)
In order to protect biological diversity, we need to recognize it and map it properly. This article indicates how to map acoustic diversity.
Knowledge-based environmental research infrastructure: moving beyond data (Earth Science Informatics)
A system for the monitoring of particulate matter and gases in ambient air, to assess air quality and inform decision makers and the public.
Research has only recently begun to assess fracking impacts to surrounding environments. Hydraulic fracking impacts stream ecosystems by altering aquatic biodiversity and biomagnification of methyl mercury at the base of food webs.
Diplomacy for science: strategies to promote international collaboration (Environment Systems and Decisions)
Furthering science by building partnerships between scientific and diplomatic communities.
Molecular microbiology methods for environmental diagnosis (Environmental Chemistry Letters)
New methods have allowed, for the first time, the mapping of the bacterial diversity of soils at a national scale, thus paving the way for the engineering of soil microbes for soil C sequestration, water retention, less erosion, more fertility, pesticide degradation, etc. Such a discovery is comparable in importance to the discovery of the gut microbiome, which will lead to new applications.
This highly cited article is exceptional with regard to providing a strategy on rural drinking water supply.
A review of the characterization and revegetation of bauxite residues (Red mud) (Environmental Science and Pollution Research)
Appropriate management of bauxite residue is becoming a global environmental concern following an increased use of aluminium and growing awareness of the need for environmental protection.
Promising approaches to the purification of soils and groundwater from hydrocarbons (A Review) (Eurasian Soil Science)
Soils and waters are affected by oil spills in the course of oil production and hydrocarbon leakages. Conventional technology is low-efficient and expensive. New approaches are proposed for the in situ purification of soils and groundwater.
The findings suggest that the bioavailable amount of nickel that is usually found in highly metal-contaminated soils in mining regions cannot trigger a measureable genetic response in plants.
This article is an excellent example of unconventional and innovative thinking. Potential influence of fluid/gas venting along continental margins on regional climate fluctuations.
For researchers and designers interested in special GPS receiver antennas for positioning at millimeter accuracy
Sea lions are perceived negatively by (Brazilian) fishermen as they prey upon the same resources and can damage nets. The authors recommend addressing these negative attitudes through environmental education.
Groundwater Governance: key challenges in applying the Global Framework for Action (Hydrogeology Journal)
A call for urgency in strengthening governance and raising awareness of the opportunities and threats to groundwater resources globally.
Biorefinery for glycerol rich biodiesel industry waste (Indian Journal of Microbiology)
The biodiesel industry has the potential to meet the fuel requirements in the future. Biodiesel industry waste rich in glycerol can be exploited for generating The Future Fuel (Hydrogen) and bioplastics.
The Siberian tiger and the Amur leopard are among the most charismatic endangered species.This study shows both the bright and dark sides of their future.
Maximum tsunami height prediction using pressure gauge data by a Gaussian process at Owase in the Kii Peninsula, Japan (Marine Geophysical Research)
A new methodology to predict coastal maximum tsunami height that will improve tsunami early warning.
Variation in the Abundance of Neotropical Bees in an Unpredictable Seasonal Environment (Neotropical Entomology)
For readers interested in climate change. Neotropical bees show a nice example of plasticity that provides greater resilience to environmental disturbances.
Environmental changes in the Arctic: an Italian perspective (Rendiconti Lincei)
Introduction to state-of-the-art achievements and perspectives of Italian research in the Arctic, the area affected by global warming faster than any other of the planet.
Fish as proxies of ecological and environmental change (Reviews in Fish Biology and Fisheries)
Fish are underused proxies for elucidating the degree, direction and scale of shifts in aquatic ecosystems.
Water and food in the twenty-first century (Surveys in Geophysics)
As the world's population grows, can we produce enough food, and is there sufficient water?
Weaving Indigenous and sustainability sciences to diversify our methods (Sustainability Science)
Indigenous and sustainability sciences have much to offer one another regarding the identification of techniques and methods for sustaining resilient landscapes.
Biochar as an Exceptional Bioresource for Energy, Agronomy, Carbon Sequestration, Activated Carbon and Specialty Materials (Waste and Biomass Valorization)
Published in 2016, downloaded almost 800 times, the work has filled a gap in the field and is very useful for scientists in addressing challenges on Biochars utilization.
The most clicked article in the 2016 Change the World campaign
Socially sustainable degrowth as a social–ecological transformation: repoliticizing sustainability (Sustainability Science) by Viviana Asara, Iago Otero, Federico Demaria, Esteve Corbera
Editor-in-Chief Kazuhiko Takeuchi commented: A must read topical collection analyzing the prospects, pathways and challenges of a global transformation towards sustainability. Covers a wide range of research communities including human and political geography, (post-)development studies, environmental history, happiness studies, social movement studies, ecological economics, sustainability transitions and urban planning.