50th Anniversary Collection of Thematic Articles

One of the main activities for our 50th volume is that we will highlight some of our most influential papers over the years in a collection of anniversary articles on ten themes: 

Ozone layer
Acidification
Environmental contaminants
Eutrophication
Agricultural land-use
Biodiversity conservation
Climate change impacts
Urbanization
Anthropocene
Solutions-oriented research

For each theme, an Ambio editor provides a background and historical context for the original articles in an Editorial; one (or more) of the authors behind the selected articles provides a personal reflection on the impact the article had from a professional and/or scientific viewpoint in a Behind the paper; and, finally, one or more peers reflects on the legacy of the articles today in a Perspective, i.e. how have these articles helped reframe policy targets or new standards, what is the current status of the research field, and what are the next challenges?

Enjoy Ambio’s anniversary videos and articles below:

WATCH THE ANNIVERSARY VIDEOS HERE:

Introducing Ambio's 50th Anniversary by Bo Söderström
Environmental pressures (ozone, acidification, contaminants, eutrophication) by Michael Tedengren
Land use change by Angelina Sanderson Bellamy
Global change by Angela Wulff 

Forthcoming videos:
Ambio and Springer Nature (expected in September)
Solutions-oriented research (expected in November)

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: OZONE LAYER:

January 2021 - Vol 50-1

Editorial: When science and politics come together: From depletion to recovery of the stratospheric ozone hole
Author: Claudia Mohr

Behind the paper: The impact of the rise in atmospheric nitrous oxide on stratospheric ozone 
Author: Rolf Müller

Perspective: Reflection on two Ambio papers by P. J. Crutzen on ozone in the upper atmosphere
Authors: Ole John Nielsen & Merete Bilde

Perspective: Risks to the Stratospheric Ozone Shield In The Anthropocene
Author: Susan Solomon

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: ACIDIFICATION:

February 2021 - Vol 50-2

Editorial: Acidification of inland waters
Author: Lars J. Tranvik

Behind the paper: The discovery and early study of acidification of lakes in Sweden
Author: Brodde Almer

Behind the paper: Tusen: A thousand lakes in the Norwegian landscape
Author: David F. Brakke

Perspective: Ambio’s Legacy on monitoring, impact, and management of acid rain
Author: Gene Likens

Perspective: The legacy from the 50 years of acid rain research, forming present and future research and monitoring of ecosystem impact
Author: Björn Olav Rosseland

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: ENVIRONMENTAL CONTAMINANTS:

March 2021 - Vol 50-3

Editorial: What did we know and which questions did we ask with regard to environmental contaminants in the early 1970s?
Author: Arne Jernelöv

Behind the paper: Afterthoughts from an environmental pollution discovery: Interview with Sören Jensen
Author: Sören Jensen

Behind the paper: The unlikely fate of a term paper
Author: Frank Wania

Behind the paper: Ecosystem approaches to mercury and human health: A way towards the future
Author: Donna Mergler

Perspective: Reflections about Three Influential Ambio Articles Impacting Environmental Biogeochemistry Research and Knowledge
Author: John W. Farrington

Perspective: Revisiting Old Lessons from Classic Literature on Persistent Global Pollutants
Author: Jonathan Martin

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: EUTROPHICATION:

April 2021 - Vol 50-4

Editorial: Eutrophication and the disrupted nitrogen cycle
Author: Michael Tedengren

Behind the paper: Assessing human effects on the Baltic Sea ecosystem
Author: Ragnar Elmgren

Behind the paper: Reflections on 200 years of Nitrogen, 20 years later
Author: James N. Galloway

Behind the paper: Globalization of nitrogen deposition and ecosystem response: A 20-year perspective
Author: Sharon J. Hall

Behind the paper: A tribute to tributaries: River studies elucidate links between human activity and nutrient export across a broad range of watersheds
Author: Nina Caraco

Perspective: Eutrophication – early warning signals, ecosystem-level and societal responses, and ways forward
Author: Erik Bonsdorff

Perspective: Disruption of the global nitrogen cycle: a grand challenge for the twenty-first century
Author: Jerry Melillo

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION:

May 2021, Volume 50, issue 5

Editorial: How to conserve biological diversity: Perspectives from Ambio
Author: Jeffrey A. McNeely

Behind the paper: Reserves, resilience and dynamic landscapes 20 years later
Authors: Jan Bengsston, Per Angelstam, Thomas Elmqvist, Urban Emanuelsson, Carl Folke, Margareta Ihse, Frederik Moberg & Magnus Nyström

Behind the paper: Indigenous knowledge: From local to global
Authors: Madhav Gadgil, Fikret Berkes & Carl Folke

Perspective: People and Biodiversity in the 21st Century
Authors: Jeffrey Sayer, Christopher Margules & Jeffrey A. McNeely

Perspective: What is Biodiversity Conservation?
Author: Stuart L. Pimm

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS

June 2021, Volume 50, Issue 6

Editorial: At the frontier of climate change: Red alert from the European Alps, the Arctic and coral reefs
Author: Angela Wulff

Behind the paper: The rise of the Arctic: Intergenerational personal perspectives
Authors: Terry V. Callaghan & Margareta Johansson

Behind the paper: Global warming triggers coral reef bleaching tipping point
Authors: Thomas J.F. Goreau & Raymond L. Hayes

Behind the paper: Icy mountains in a warming world: Revisiting science from the end of the 1990s in the early 2020s
Authors: Wilfried Haeberli & Martin Beniston

Perspective: Impact of climate change on sensitive marine and extreme terrestrial ecosystems: Recent progresses and future challenges
Authors: Deliang Chen

Perspective: A reflection on four impactful Ambio papers: the biotic perspective
Author: Anne D. Bjorkman & Angela Wulff

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: AGRICULTURAL LAND-USE

July 2021, Volume 50, issue 7

Editorial: Seeds of change: Establishing frameworks for understanding global environmental changes
Author: Angelina Sanderson Bellamy

Behind the paper: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning in soil: The dark side of nature and the bright side of life
Author: Lijbert Brussaard

Behind the paper: Amounts, dynamics and sequestering of carbon in tropical and subtropical soils: A memory
Author: Freddy & Nachtergaele

Behind the paper: From land-use/land-cover to land system science
Authors: B.L. Turner II, Eric F. Lambin & Peter H. Verburg

Perspective: The re-imagining of a framework for agricultural land-use: A pathway for integrating agricultural practices into ecosystem services, planetary boundaries and sustainable development goals
Authors: John C. Moore

Perspective: The emergence of land systems as a cause and consequence of global change and as the nexus of sustainability transformations
Authors: Ariane de Bremond

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: URBANIZATION

September 2021, Volume 50, issue 9

Editorial: Enlivening our cities: Towards urban sustainability and resilience
Author: Zahra Kalantari

Behind the paper: Cities and the Biosphere
Authors: Carl Folke, Åsa Gren, Jonas Larsson & Robert Costanza

Behind the paper:
Ecosystems and urbanization: A colossal meeting of giant complexities
Author: Henrik Ernston

Behind the paper: “Reconnecting cities to the Biosphere: Stewardship of green infrastructure and urban ecosystem services”: where did it come from and what happened next?
Author: Erik Andersson

Perspective: Urban sustainability science: prospects for innovations through a system’s perspective, relational and transformations’ approaches
Authors: Niki Frantzeskaki, Timon McPhearson & Nadja Kabisch

Perspective: Continuous integration in urban social-ecological systems science needs to allow spacing co-existence
Author: Dagmar Haase

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: ANTHROPOCENE

October 2021, Volume 50, issue 10

Editorial: Closing the gap between knowing and causing the Anthropocene
Author: Wiebren J. Boonstra

Behind the paper: Resilience: Now more than ever
Authors: Carl Folke, Stephen R. Carpenter, Thomas Elmqvist, Lance Gunderson & Brian Walker

Behind the paper: Introducing the Anthropocene: The human epoch
Authors: Will Steffen

Behind the paper: Coupled Human and Natural Systems: The evolution and applications of an integrated framework
Authors: Jianguo Liu, Thomas Dietz, Stephen R. Carpenter, William W. Taylor, Marina Alberti, Peter Deadman, Charles Redman, Alice Pell, Carl Folke, Zhiyun Ouyang & Jane Lubchenco

Perspective: Framing, deframing and reframing the Anthropocene
Author: Noel Castree

Perspective: Reflecting on the Anthropocene: The Call for Deeper Transformations
Author: Karen O'Brien

READ THE ARTICLES PUBLISHED FOR THE THEME: SOLUTIONS-ORIENTED RESEARCH

January 2022, Volume 51, issue 1

Editorial: The role of science in finding solutions to wicked, systemic problems
Author: Erik Andersson

Behind the paper: Nitrogen and the future of agriculture: 20 years on
Authors: Kenneth G. Cassman & Achim Dobermann

Behind the paper: Planning of Africa’s land/water future: Hard or soft landing?
Author: Malin Falkenmark

Behind the paper: Aquaculture and ocean stewardship
Authors: Carl Folke & Nils Kautsky

Perspective: Solutions-oriented research for sustainability: Turning knowledge into action
Authors: Maria Tengö & Erik Andersson

Perspective: Structuring and advancing solution-oriented research for sustainability
Authors: Daniel J. Lang & Arnim Wiek