Open Geosciences

Special Issue on Frontiers in Earth Sciences

Guest Editors:
Prof. Dr. Muhammad Aqeel Ashraf
Dr. Marlia Mohd Hanafiah


Many of the most critical issues for the coming century depend on a deeper understanding of the inherently complex Earth system. Earth Science investigates not only the fundamental questions of – but also the relationships between – the hydrosphere, atmosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and solid Earth. It spans time and length scales, from instantaneous changes in crystal lattices to tectonic processes across millions of years. Frontiers in Earth Science embraces and encourages the interdisciplinary nature of the field, and promotes co-operation between researchers from fields spanning physics to marine science to chemistry, and integrating methods from remote sensing to field work to microscopy. This special issue on Frontiers in Earth Science publishes articles on the most outstanding discoveries across a wide research spectrum of Earth Science. The mission of Frontiers in Earth Science is to provide an introduction to some of the advanced current concepts, problems and controversies that are at the forefront of Earth Science and to obtain a view of how the different parts of the Earth behave and interact.

Aims & Scope

The specialty sections of Frontiers in Earth Science welcome original, peer-reviewed, theoretical and experimental frontier research papers as well as significant review articles of more general interest to earth scientists. The journal features articles dealing with observations, patterns, processes, and modeling of both inner spheres (including deep crust, mantle and core) and outerspheres (including atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere) of the earth. It aims at promoting communications and sharing knowledges among the international earth science communities. There will be thematic issues periodically featuring particular areas of earth science. The scope of this journal covers a broad range of earth science topics, including, but not limited to, physical geography, geology, geophysics, meteorology, oceanography, climatology, ecology, biology, global change, hydrology, environmental pollution, biogeochemical cycles, natural resources management, ecosystems and sustainability, land use/cover/change, environmental assessment and monitoring, remote sensing, instrumentation technology, data acquisition/processing/assimilation, algorithm development, application and modeling, as well as socioeconomic drivers and societal consequences of changing planet and its environment. Critical reviews and discussions of recently published research papers are also encouraged. Themes encompassed in this issue include:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Biogeoscince
  • Earth and Planetary Materials
  • Geomagnetism and Paleomagnestism
  • Hydrosphere
  • Interdisciplinary Climate Studies
  • Marine Biogeochemistry
  • Microbial Chemistry and Geomicrobiology
  • Paleontology
  • Quaternary Science, Geomorphology and Paleoenvironment
  • Structural Geology and Tectonics
  • Terrestrial Microbology
  • Volcanology
  • Economic Geology

Submission deadline: June 30, 2016