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Ocean systems are suffering from human and climate pressures. For many decades, local stressors such as overfishing and pollution have been the primary causes of degradation in ocean health. More recently, the social-ecological impacts of global stressors have become more apparent and are likely to increase in the coming decades. Fortunately, there have been notable research advances in ocean solutions as marine scientists, engineers, and social scientists have grappled with the challenges. Ocean solutions enabled through science and engineering are now emerging from different sources including academia, NGOs, and the private sector. However, the knowledge base of these advances remains fragmented. The goal of the section is to develop an integrated and adaptive knowledge base of ocean solutions research that will facilitate the translation of science and engineering into applied solutions at regional and global scales.
In particular, this section invites a diverse set of contributions types (e.g., research articles, perspectives) that focus on the science and engineering that is enabling ocean solutions. The section will consider both natural solutions and environmental engineering studies, as well as submissions that recognize what has worked and is working in the ocean solutions space, why solutions have succeeded, and what is needed to scale up and replicate the success of solution strategies and innovations. Priority is given to submissions that seek to identify, propose or examine solutions to specific problems rather than measuring the problems. Specific ocean solutions related areas and topics of interest include, but not limited to:
Indexed in: Scopus, DOAJ, Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS), Proquest ASFA: Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
Ocean Solutions welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Systematic Review and Technology and Code.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Ocean Solutions, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Ocean Solutions 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 Marine Science.
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