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Hydrosphere strives to build a community that fosters the empirical character of hydrological science by stressing the value and importance of data and data gathering. Keywords are experimental watersheds, measurement campaigns, new methods, proofs of concept, remote sensing, data assimilation.
Hydrosphere aims to rapidly publish articles that describe results of hydrological experiments, measurement campaigns, and new measurement methods. In addition, articles on other hydrological topics can be submitted but the editorial team is especially focused on the generation, analysis, and assimilation of hydrological data. We stress scientific rigor in hydrology, especially by fostering the empirical character of our science and stressing the value and importance of data and data gathering.
In line with Frontiers philosophy, we welcome articles that are scientifically sound and of high quality. All articles will have to provide open access to the complete information chain, including raw data, meta-data, and code used.
Hydrosphere especially welcomes papers that discuss:
i) watershed studies
ii) remote sensing
iii) data assimilation
iv) innovative instrumentation
vi) land-atmosphere interaction
viii) soil moisture
ix) data-poor environments
x) global inventories and studies
xi) data services.
Hydrosphere tries to support community building and invites reports on community building efforts such as large experimental infrastructures, multi-team field campaigns, permanent large scale experimental watersheds, and other forms of research infrastructure that demand joint efforts from several research groups. Hydrosphere encourages papers (technology reports) that present proofs of concept of new methods but also papers that try to bridge the gap between proof of concept and widespread application and commercialization. Designs, code, sample data-sets and other support material should as much as possible be made available on-line to accompany submitted papers. Reviews and overviews of multi-year programs and projects are welcome as well.
Finally, papers can be submitted that address emerging topics such as urban hydrology, social and participatory sensoring, distributed sensing networks, and other horizon expanding approaches. We especially welcome articles on Data sets, Method development (instrumentation, algorithms), Model - data comparisons, Validation studies, Meta-analysis and synthesis papers.
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Hydrosphere welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Hydrosphere, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Hydrosphere will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Earth Science and Built Environment.
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