The Water and Critical Zone section of Frontiers of Water seeks to aims to publish research that emphasizes the role of water as a transforming agent of the critical zone structure, process and function, as well as considering water as a response variable wherein the Critical Zone affects its composition and the dynamics of its flow.
The Critical Zone, extending from the vegetation canopy above to groundwater below, is arguably the most important interface on the planet. The Critical Zone plays a central role in regulating the quantity and quality of water resources impacted by human activity, including land use and land cover change, intensive management and groundwater/surface water withdrawal, disturbance driven response such as from floods, droughts and fires, and emergent responses from climate change such as early snowmelt and permafrost melt. Critical Zone studies are unique in blending modern time processes with deep-time phenomena, thereby providing insights into the interdependencies between structure, processes, fluxes and functions across a range of space and time scales.
We invite manuscripts that promote an inter-disciplinary focus that weaves together components of ecosystems, soils and vadose zone, groundwater, surface and sub-surface transport, and/or biogeochemical transformation and transport.
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Water and Critical Zone welcomes submissions of the following article types: Brief Research Report, Conceptual Analysis, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, 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 Water and Critical Zone, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Water and Critical Zone 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 Water.
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