Must-Read Articles From 2015

Socially sustainable degrowth as a social–ecological transformation: repoliticizing sustainability

"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."

Pricing strategies in inelastic energy markets: can we use less if we can’t extract more?

"Describes how supply and demand laws manifest themselves in a market for nonrenewable resources, such as oil or gas, and how can alternative energy technologies impact this market? What kind of positive market solutions can be implemented?"

Incorporating the social dimension into hydrogeochemical investigations for rural development: the Bir Al-Nas approach for socio-hydrogeology

"Describes how incorporating the social dimension into hydrogeological investigations can improve integrated groundwater management."

Predicted Changes in Interannual Water-Level Fluctuations Due to Climate Change and Its Implications for the Vegetation of the Florida Everglades

"Examines consequences of climate change induced habitat alterations on a critical wetland system, the Florida Everglades."

Natural analogues: studies of geological processes relevant to radioactive waste disposal in deep geological repositories

"Review paper on an important aspect of research directed towards finding solutions to the problem of the safe disposal of radioactive waste."

Stewardship to tackle global phosphorus inefficiency: The case of Europe

"This article uses the strategic framework of 5R stewardship to identify and deliver a range of integrated, cost-effective, and feasible technological innovations to improve phosphorus use efficiency in society."

Are new data suggesting a revision of the current M w and M e scaling formulas? 

"Must-read advice on one of the key topics in Seismology."

Crustal thickening and extension induced by the Great Sumatra–Andaman earthquake of 26 December 2004: revealed by the seismic moment tensor element Mrr

"Seismology findings that will better constrain the stress state along subduction systems; an important issue for seismic hazard assessment."

Case study of seismic performance assessment of irregular RC buildings: hospital structure of Avezzano (L’Aquila, Italy)

"A valuable case study of seismic performance assessment of a real irregular RC hospital building. A new nonlinear static procedure based on pushover analysis under multimodal distribution of later loads and non-iterative capacity spectrum method is proposed and applied to calculate the Peak Ground Accelerations (PGAs) which represent the capacity of structure. Some valuable results and conclusions are obtained."

Pore-Scale Model for Thermal Conductivity of Unsaturated Sand

"Must read advice for researchers of geothermal energy on fundamentals of thermal conduction in unsaturated sand."

Science and User Needs for Observing Global Mass Transport to Understand Global Change and to Benefit Society

"In an international initiative performed under the umbrella of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics, consensus on the science and user needs for a future satellite gravity observing system has been derived. This paper summarizes the main results and findings of this initiative."

From GPS and virtual globes to spatial computing - 2020

"Based on a recent computing community workshop, this article describes the recent monumental change of spatial computing moving from a small niche audience to very large audience with Billions of people world-wide. It also investigates the impact of this monumental change in terms of research opportunities, challenges and visions."

Using geodetic GPS receivers to measure vegetation water content

"An excellent example for the usefulness of GPS data beyond geodetic applications. Understanding the global water cycle requires a solid observational data base. The methods described in this study contribute to this goal."

Is the recent decrease in airborne Ambrosia pollen in the Milan area due to the accidental introduction of the ragweed leaf beetle Ophraella communa?

"Ambrosia artemisiifolia is an invasive plant in Central Europe and this pollen is one of the main causes of pollinosis. Ophraella communa could be considered as a biological control agent against Ambrosia. It could be interesting to study O. communa with benefice the allergic population to ragweed in Europe."