Climate change and its manifestation in the water cycle across the globe in the form of droughts to floods, rapidly increasing population and associated demand for water, demographic shifts to urban environments and access to limited local water resources, intensification of agriculture and associated water use, and economic growth driven changes in land use are driving fundamental shifts in spatial and temporal patterns of demand, supply, and availability of water resources.
The stress on water resources from local to global scale and the resulting consequences on human systems from public health to economic growth, sustainability of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, and preservation of essential functions provided by the critical zone are being exacerbated by the increasing interdependence between these drivers. As the world races to a population of 10 billion in a little over 30 years, we will need to develop new paradigms for understanding, managing, and using this precious resource. Solution modalities need to be rooted in deeper scientific understanding that can detect nuanced patterns and trends in diverse environments, anchored on evidence provided by emerging data streams, and predictions of emergent dynamics under the confluence of seemingly unrelated drivers. Societal institutions, civic societies, and governance models will need to strongly integrate co-evolving water related constraints to develop effective solutions.
Frontiers in Water is an open access journal that publishes novel interdisciplinary research covering a broad spectrum of water related topics, which is rigorously and transparently peer reviewed for originality, scientific accuracy, and significance. Relevant topics include water in various contexts such as built environment, critical zone, water bodies such as rivers and lakes, groundwater and cryosphere, and water related outcomes such as public health and infectious diseases. It welcomes theoretical, analytical and computational advances; artificial intelligence applications including for example deep learning developments; experimental and observational investigations; advances in sensing, measurements and other data collection approaches pertaining to physical, chemical, biological, ecological and human dimensions, and investigations based thereon; and advances in policy, economics and governance pertaining to water.
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The specialty sections of Frontiers in Water welcome submission of the following article types: Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Policy and Practice Reviews, Policy Brief, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge, Technology and Code, Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Hypothesis and Theory, Perspective, Systematic Review and Methods.
When submitting a manuscript to Frontiers in Water, authors must submit the material directly to one of the specialty sections. Manuscripts are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the respective specialty section.
Articles published in the specialty sections above 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 the 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 Water.
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