- An important new forum to promote cross-disciplinary understanding of the water environment, and the severe challenges that it faces during the 21st Century.
- An authoritative, encyclopedic resource addressing key topics from the perspectives of earth sciences, biology, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.
- Content is fully citable, qualifying for abstracting, indexing, and ISI ranking.
The scope of WIREs Water is at the interfaces between five very different intellectual themes: the basic science of water, its physics and chemistry, flux, and things that it transfers and transforms; life in water, and the dependence of ecosystems and organisms on water to survive and to thrive; the engineering of water to furnish services and to protect society; the people who live with, experience and manage the water environment; and those interpretations that we, as a society, have brought to water through art, religion, history and which in turn shapes how we come to understand it. These interfaces are not simply designed to be ways of looking at water through what necessarily must be interdisciplinary perspectives. They are also designed to be outward facing in terms of how water can help to understand wider questions concerning our environment and human-environment interactions.
The contributions made by the
engineering sciences to the ways in which we engineer and plan water:
water, health and sanitation, including water supply, waste and
disposal, infectious and waterborne diseases, public health,
environmental standards: the sustainable engineering of water,
including source protection, water conservation and recycling,
resilience to natural hazards, waste and drainage systems, waterproofed
urban landscapes, enhancing ecosystems through engineering; planning
water including planning concepts, path dependency, retrodiction and
prediction, forecasting, holistic analysis of water.
Perspectives from the social
sciences and humanities on our water condition: water governance,
including decision-making processes, rules, customs, laws and
accountability in water management; the value of water, including water
pricing, more-than-economic valuation of water, hidden and embedded
water (e.g. in energy, food), alternative definitions of the ‘clean’
and the ‘safe’; the rights to water, including distributive justice,
entitlements and their definition, water conflicts across spatial
scales; water as imagined and represented, in the creative arts, across
world views, in memory and through communication.
Science of Water
The physics and chemistry of water: hydrological processes
throughout the hydrological cycle; stocks and flows of water and the
matter that it entrains, transports and deposits, at different spatial
and temporal scales; water extremes in stocks and flows and there
distributions in space and time; water quality, including solutes,
sediment and temperature and its control by water flow pathways and
transit times; water and environmental change, including climate, land
use and flow regulation.
Water and Life
The ecology and biology of freshwater environments: the nature
of freshwater ecosystems, including their structure and organisation,
inter-connectivity, emergent properties, sensitivity and resilience;
stresses and pressures on ecosystems, at the scales of species,
habitats and ecosystems, and including multiple stressors;
conservation, management and awareness including restoration, the
analysis of ecosystem services, questions of spatial and temporal scale
and public engagement with freshwater ecosystems.
|Stuart N. Lane||Université de Lausanne, Switzerland|
|Karen Bakker||University of British Columbia, Canada|
|Vern Scarborough||University of Cincinnati, USA|
|Jan Seibert||University of Zürich, Switzerland|
|Nigel Wright||University of Leeds, UK|
|Lee Brown||University of Leeds, UK|
||University of Leeds, UK|
|Kathryn Furlong||Université de Montréal, Canada|
|Michael Gooseff||Colorado State University, USA|
|Ann van Griensvan||Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium; UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands|
|Gemma Harvey||Queen Mary, University of London, UK|
|Paul Houser||George Mason University, USA|
|Irene Klaver||University of North Texas, USA|
|Michelle Kooy||UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands|
|Lisa Lucero||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA|
|Sylvia Rodriguez||University of New Mexico, USA|
|Jean-Daniel Saphores||University of California, Irvine, USA|
|Liz Sharp||University of Sheffield, UK|
|Christian Torgersen||U.S. Geological Survey, USA|
|Alberto Viglione||Technical University of Vienna, Austria|
|Margreet Zwarteveen||Wageningen University, Netherlands|
For an example of how the final articles will look, please see this sample from WIREs Climate ChangeView Sample
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