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Earth Sciences

Springer's portfolio in the field of earth sciences reflects the diversity of this interdisciplinary field of study. The spectrum ranges from geology and geophysics, mineralogy and oceanography to earth system science. You will also find current publications and specialist articles on with the causes and consequences of natural disasters. Explore our pages and order proven teaching materials and high-quality research literature, such as the Encyclopedia of Earth Sciences Series and Surveys in Geophysics.

Program Advisory Boards in Earth Sciences

Program Advisory Boards have been established to ensure high quality and to satisfy the needs of the scientific community. The scientific advisors listed below, all experts in their fields, are in regular contact with our publishing editors to help develop Springer's growing Earth Sciences program.

Atmospheric Sciences

Howard B. Bluestein

Howard B. Bluestein is a Professor and George Lynn Cross Research Professor in the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma at Norman.

His main research interests are synoptic, mesoscale, and convective-scale meteorology, with a specialty in using advanced, mobile, Doppler radar systems to study severe convective storms and tornadoes. He has published four single-authored books and over 135 papers in refereed scientific journals and as contributions to book chapters, monographs, and encyclopedias.

He is a Fellow (1993) of the American Meteorological Society (AMS), a recipient of the AMS Louis J. Battan Author’s Award (2001) and a recipient of the AMS Teaching Excellence Award (2004). He is a former member of the AMS committees on radar meteorology and severe local storms and is a former associate editor of Monthly Weather Review.

He has served as a chair or member of various UCAR (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research), NSF (National Science Foundation), and NRC (National Research Council)/NAS (National Academy of Science) committees.

He is a frequent visiting scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.

Vernon Cooray

Vernon Cooray received a Ph.D. degree in Electricity with special attention to electrical transients and electrical discharges from Uppsala University, Sweden, in 1982. In the year 2000, he was promoted to the rank of full professor in electricity with special attention to transients and electrical discharges at the division for electricity of Uppsala University.

From 2000 – 2002 he was the head of the Division for Electricity in the Department of Engineering Sciences. Vernon Cooray has authored and co-authored more than 400 scientific papers and 22 book chapters on Physics of Lightning and Electrical Discharges, Lightning Interaction and Electromagnetic Compatibility.

He is the editor of three books, The Lightning Flash, published by IEE (London) in 2003 (second edition published in 2014), Lightning Protection published by IEE (London) in 2009 and Lightning Electromagnetics published by IEE (London) in 2012. His latest book, An Introduction to Lightning, was published by Springer in 2014.

Vernon Cooray is the Editor in chief of the Journal of Lightning Research. He was also the guest editor of two issues of Atmospheric Research and two issues of the J. Electrostatics. Vernon Cooray is the president of the scientific committee of the International Conference on Lightning Protection (ICLP).

Stefan Emeis

Stefan Emeis is a Senior Scientist at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, and adjunct Professor of Meteorology at the University of Cologne, Germany.

His research interests are the structure and turbulence of the atmospheric boundary layer, surface-based remote sensing of the atmosphere and the meteorological prerequisites for the usage of wind energy.

He is editor-in-chief of the scientific journal “Meteorologische Zeitschrift” and he is (co)author of more than 80 scientific papers and of several books.

Ismail Gultepe

Ismail Gultepe is a Research scientist at the Cloud Physics and Severe Weather Research Section of Environment Canada, Ontario, Canada, and an adjunct professor at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) and also at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Canada.

He received his PhD in Meteorology in 1989 through a collaboration between the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO, and St. Louis University (SLU), St. Louis, MO, USA.

He is an editor for the Atmospheric Science section of the Journal of Pure and Applied Geophysics, and an editorial board member of the Journal of Advances in Meteorology, and also of the Journal of Applied Physical Science International. He was a guest editor for 4 topical journal issues and co(author) of more than 65 journals and books chapters.

He has received awards for citation excellency on aircraft icing research and snow science from Environment Canada, due to his contributions on atmospheric physics.

His research interests are focused on ground and air born observations, remote sensing, field projects, and numerical weather model evaluations related to clouds, fog, and precipitation as a part of weather, climate, and environment research systems. His latest research interests are related to cold climate weather conditions, Arctic weather, and aviation.

Cary J. Mock

Cary J. Mock is a climatologist with research activities encompassing historical climatology, late Quaternary paleoclimatology, and synoptic climatology. His historical climate research has focused on reconstructing climate hazards and weather extremes, such as on hurricanes and cold air outbreaks, over the last several centuries, and involving archive research internationally. His most recent research directions relate to more on how societies were impacted by weather and climate extremes throughout history.

He has co-edited books on Historical Climate and Variability and Impacts in North America (2009), and Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science (2013).

He is currently a Professor at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA.

Earth System Sciences

Philippe Blondel

Deputy Director, Centre for Space, Atmospheric and Oceanic Science; Senior Lecturer, Department of Physics, University of Bath, United Kingdom.

Chartered Geologist, Fellow of the Geological Society, Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics

Philippe did a Physics PhD in France, working on radar imagery from Venus at Paris-XI Orsay. After graduating in 1992, he moved as a Lavoisier Fellow to the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, to work on sonar imagery from mid-ocean ridges (this offered more opportunities for field work).In 1994, he was appointed as NERC Fellow to the Institute of Oceanographic Sciences, Deacon Laboratory, subsumed into the larger Southampton Oceanography Centre in 1995. He had the opportunity for much more field experience in all oceans, and on land, becoming a Chartered Geologist in the process. Philippe moved to the University of Bath in 1999, where he is now leading the research group in acoustic remote sensing.

His current research focuses on the mapping of marine habitats, monitoring the ecological and environmental impacts of renewable energies and fossil fuel exploration, ambient noise in the marine world (from the Arctic to tropical waters), and designing new instruments, all with a healthy dose of field work when teaching allows.

Philippe has written several books with Springer, and is also Chief Editor for Praxis-Springer since 1996, having helped several dozens of scientists publish successful books in Earth System Sciences.

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Jorge Rabassa

Senior Researcher and Director, Centro Austral de Investigaciones Científicas (CADIC), National Research Council of Argentina (CONICET), in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the multidisciplinary, southernmost research center in the World with permanent staff.

Professor of Geology and Geomorphology at the Universidad Nacional de Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia. Former President and Professor of the Universidad Nacional del Comahue, Northern Patagonia.

His main academic interests are Late Cenozoic geology, geomorphology, glaciations, paleoclimates and paleoenvironments, and ancient Gondwana landscapes of Argentina and South America.

Jorge Rabassa was the founder and head editor of the journal “Quaternary of South America & Antarctic Peninsula”, A.A.Balkema Publishers, Rotterdam, from 1983 to 1999, with 12 volumes published. He is or has been member of the editorial board of several relevant national and international journals, he has published as author and co-author more than 200 scientific articles in Spanish and English, and edited over 25 books, most of them in this series.

His work has received several awards by the Geological Society of Argentina, CONICET, the Argentine Academy of Natural Sciences and the Environment and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, U.S.A.

Rabassa is a full member of the Argentine Academy of Sciences and of the Catalonian Academy of Sciences in Barcelona.

Environmental Science & Engineering

Ulrich Förstner

Ulrich Förstner started as a Research Assistant in the projects “Lake Constance” and “Pollutants in Water” at the Institute of Sediment Research before becoming an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Geosciences, Heidelberg University and subsequently serving as Director of the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, Hamburg University of Technology.

With more than 50 research projects and memberhips in academic societies, he has been actively involved in major developments in the fields of water quality and soil protection since the early 1970s.

He is the author, co-author and co-editor of 16 books, e.g. Environmental Management of Solid Waste – Mine Waste and Dredged Material (with Wim Salomons, 1988), Integrated Pollution Control (1998), and Sediment Dynamics and Pollutant Mobility in Rivers (with Bernhard Westrich, 2007).

Dr. Wim Rulkens

Wim Rulkens is Emeritus Professor in Environmental Technology and former head of the Sub-Department of Environmental Technology at Wageningen University, Netherlands.

His background is Chemical Engineering and Environmental Technology. He has more than 40 year experience in research, evaluation of research projects, supervising of research projects, initiation of new research projects and setting up of research programmes. His specific expertise deals with the treatment of municipal and industrial wastewater, polluted gases, polluted soils and sediments, organic wastes, manure, sewage sludge and municipal solid waste. With a strong focus on the development of innovative, sustainable environmental technologies, aimed at the abatement of emissions of pollutants and minimisation of energy use, recovery of energy from wastewater and wastes, recovery of valuable materials from wastewater and wastes and reuse of non-renewable sources. He was also strongly involved in prevention of pollution and introduction of clean technology in industry.

He was chairman or member of several governmental advising groups dealing with innovative environmental technology. His current activities are mainly dealing with manure and sewage sludge treatment, recovery of energy and phosphorous from organic wastes, assessment of research projects and research programmes related to technologically oriented environmental issues and assessment of university education programmes.

Wim Salomons

Wim Salomons started his career at Delft Hydraulics (Deltaris), subsequently shifted to a soils research institute (Alterra), the GKSS in Germany and finally to the Free University in Amsterdam as part-time professor. In between he ran his own consultancy agency and carried out projects for major international mining companies in Asia and South America. He coordinated various EU projects and, as LOICZ SSC vice-president, promoted a global network of researchers into catchment-coast interactions.

More than 10 books were edited or written which dealt with sediment geochemistry and management, pollution of the North Sea, Chemical Time Bombs, heavy metal pollution in general and mercury pollution from artisanal mining research at VU focuses on the integration of natural and social sciences for catchment-coast management. He coordinated EUROCAT and, as LOICZ SSC vice-president, promoted a global network of researchers into catchment-coast interactions.


Michael E. Böttcher

Professor at the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW), Warnemünde, Germany, and the EMA University of Greifswald, Germany. Head of the Geochemistry & Stable Isotope Geochemistry Group at IOW.

Michael Böttcher is Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Chemical Geology and editorial board member of Geomicrobiology Journal and Isotopes in Environmental & Health Studies, guest editor of six topical journal issues, and (co)author of more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters.

He was awarded in 2000 the Isotope Prize of the Karl-Eugen-Habfast Foundation for his contributions to understanding of the stable isotope biogeochemistry of sulfur. His scientific interests are focused on the process-oriented investigations (field, experiment, model) of separated and connected biogeochemical element cycles.

Martin Dietzel

Chair Professor of Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry of the Institute of Applied Geosciences at Graz University of Technology, Austria.

Martin Dietzel received his Doctorate in Mineralogy from the University of Göttingen in 1993, and since 2001 he is Professor for Mineralogy and Hydrogeochemistry at Graz University of Technology. His research interests are focused on solid-liquid interaction as well as on mechanisms and kinetics of neo-formation and dissolution of solids. This comprises experimental studies and investigations in natural systems. Research topics are devoted to fundamental research with regard to environmental and applied aspects in the area of mineralogy, chemical sedimentology, water chemistry, and geochemical modelling, stable isotopes and elemental proxies.

Daniel E. Harlov

Daniel Harlov is visiting Professor of the University of Johannesburg, South Africa. His scientific research focuses - among others - on the role of fluids during mass transfer along grain boundaries and during high grade matamorphism including genesis of both metamorphic and igneous charnockites. He is investigating experimental equilbria between and metasomatic alteration of minerals as well as metasomatic alteration of zircon and garnet.

His involvement in various research and field projects includes studies of metasomatic processes in the crust and upper mantle, minerals as monitors of geodynamic processes as well as investigations of Kiruna type ore deposits. He is editor of the 2012 book on Metasomatism and the Chemical Transformation of Rock.

Valentin R. Troll

Chair Professor at the Department of Earth Sciences, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Research Associate at the 'Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia' (INGV), Rome, Italy, and at 'Grupo Investigación Geología de Terrenos Volcánicos' (GEOVOL) at the University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain.

Valentin R. Troll is an igneous petrologist and volcanologist and has served as lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, for seven years before taking up the Chair of Petrology and Geochemistry at Uppsala University, Sweden in 2008. He is the Director of the National Microprobe Facility at Uppsala and co-founder of the Centre for Experimental Mineralogy, Petrology & Geochemistry (CEMPEG). Troll has worked on volcanic phenomena and geochemical processes of the Canary Islands, the North Atlantic Igneous Province and Indonesia with a focus on magmatic crystals and the information they retain. He was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2009 for “higher academic achievements” and has been presented in 2011 with the VMSG Award by the Volcanic and Magmatic Studies Group of the Geological Society of London, UK, for “significant contributions to our understanding of magmatic processes over the last few years”.


Dr. James W. LaMoreaux

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Chairman of the Board and Vice President of PELA GeoEnvironmental, Tuscaloosa, USA

PELA GeoEnvironmental is an international consulting firm providing services in hydrogeology, geology, environmental sciences, engineering and archaeology.

Jim LaMoreaux also serves on the Executive Committee of the International Association of Hydrogeologists US National Committee, as Editor in Chief of the international journals Environmental Earth Sciences and Carbonates and Evaporites, and as Editor of several book series.

He has been a member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) for over 30 years and served on the Board of Directors of the American Ground Water Trust and as President and State Director of the Alabama Water Environment Association (AWEA).

Dr. Clifford I. Voss

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Research Hydrologist for the National Research Program, U.S. Geological Survey, Menlo Park, USA

Cliff Voss, a senior scientist with the hydrological research program of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), has over 30 years of project management/implementation and research experience in groundwater resources development and in use of the subsurface for energy production and waste isolation.

Since 1994 he has been the Executive Editor of the International Association of Hydrogeologists’ Hydrogeology Journal. He consults extensively on groundwater system evaluation and management and lectures worldwide on these and related subjects. His work has resulted in the development of practical simulation methodologies that have now become standard for use in groundwater resource assessment and for managing both the quantity and quality of water supplies.


Arnold Gucsik

Researcher Fellow at the Department of Geology, University of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Konkoly Astronomical Observatory, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest (Hungary).

Arnold Gucsik received his Doctorate in Geochemistry from the University of Vienna (Austria) in 2003. His research interests are focussed on mineralogy of the planetary materials including meteorites, impactites, Lunar rocks and fine-grained astromaterials such as particles from asteroid Itokawa. He is interested in study of experimentally-grown minerals and clay minerals as well as their spectroscopical (Raman, IR, CL) properties, too.

He is (co)author of more than 60 scientific papers, proceedings papers, books, book chapters and lecture notes. He is editor of the 2009 book on Cathodoluminescence and its application to Planetary Sciences.

Jens Götze

Professor of Technical Mineralogy at the Institute of Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, (Germany).

Jens Götze received his Doctorate in Mineralogy from the Bergakademie Freiberg in 1989, and since 2005 he is Professor for Technical Mineralogy. His activities in research and education cover the field of applied mineralogy, in particular non-metallic raw materials, crystal growth and analytics. He was guest lecturer at universities in Austria, Brazil, Norway, Italy, Poland and Russia. His research is focused on typomorphic properties and industrial use of quartz and silica minerals, as well as cathodoluminescence microscopy and spectroscopy in geosciences. From 2000 to 2001 he was the president of the international society of luminescence microscopy and spectroscopy (SLMS). He was invited plenary speaker at certain international conferences.
Jens Götze is author and co-author of 3 scientific textbooks and more than 150 scientific articles and book chapters. He is editor of the 2012 Springer book on “Quartz: deposits, mineralogy and analytics”. 


Coleen L. Moloney

Dr Coleen Moloney is Director of the Marine Research Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

Her research interests involve the variability and dynamics of marine food webs and ecosystems under global change. Locally, her research focus has been the marine ecosystems of the west and south coasts of southern Africa (the Benguela upwelling ecosystem) and the more oligotrophic ecosystems of the east coast. She is interested in the interplay among physical, chemical and biological processes spanning many time and space scales.

A current research focus is trying to understand how these complex interactions and feedbacks influence living organisms throughout their life histories, ultimately affecting ecosystem dynamics. Much of her collaborative research focuses on pelagic ecosystems, and involves field and modelling studies.

She has authored or co-authored over 100 scientific publications and (co)supervised more than 35 postgraduate (PhD and Masters) students. She has served on scientific committees and working groups for JGOFS, GLOBEC, SPACC and IMBER, and is currently on the editorial board of Environmental Research Letters.

Michael R. Roman

Mike Roman is currently a Professor and the Director of the Horn Point Laboratory of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

He received a B.A. degree from Lake Forest College, a M.S. degree from the City College of N.Y. and a Ph.D. from the University of New Hampshire. Roman worked at the University of Miami before joining the University of Maryland. His main research interests are biological oceanography and zooplankton ecology.

He has participated in a number of interdisciplinary oceanographic studies ranging from work on warm-core Gulf Stream rings, physical-biological interactions in estuarine plumes, field programs of the Joint Global Ocean Flux Study (JGOFS) in the Equatorial Pacific and Arabian Sea, and the ecological impacts of hypoxia in coastal waters.

Roman has served on a number of scientific advisory committees for the National Science Foundation, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of Naval Research and the National Academy of Sciences. He recently served as President of the Oceanography Society.

A. Sánchez-Arcilla

Professor at the Civil Engineering School of the Catalonia University of Technology in Barcelona. He is also director of the Maritime Engineering Lab. (LIM/UPC) and Vice-President of the International Centre for Coastal Resources Research (CIIRC).

He has been guest Editor of topical issues in various International Scientific Journals and he is (co)-author of more than 150 scientific papers and book chapters.

His scientific interests, developed in a variety of National, European Union and International research projects focused on physical oceanography and engineering at coastal scales, covering a wide range of scales that go from storm events to climatic trends.

DanLing Tang (Lingzis)

Dr. DanLing Tang (Lingzis), is the director of Research Center for Remote Sensing of Marine Ecology & Environment, a full Professor of South China Sea Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. She received Ph.D Hong Kong, then she conducted research and teaching in USA and Japan. In 2004, she received “100 Talents Program Award” from Chinese Academy of Sciences” and returned to China.

Professor Tang is an expert on remote sensing and marine ecology, she has interests in marine phytoplankton bloom and typhoon impacts on marine ecosystem. She proposed a conceptual model of “Strong wind -upwelling- phytoplankton blooms in Western South China Sea”, and the theory that “typhoons cause vertical mixing, induce phytoplankton blooms and increase primary production”. Her books “Remote Sensing of Changing Oceans” and “Typhoon Impact and Crisis Management” were published by Springer. Her achievements led to the development of a new interdisciplinary “Remote Sensing Marine Ecology” (RSME) concept.

Professor Tang has serviced for a few of international scientific organizations. Currently, she is the President of the Pan Ocean Remote Sensing Association (PORSEC), the President (elect) of Pacific Congress of Marine Science and Technology (PACON). For her scientific achievements and contribution, she has received “Zayed Award Diploma" (2006), Distinguishing Member Award” and “Ocean Service Awards” (2014, 2007, PACON).