Elsevier Launches Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability

Journal to be launched in October 2009

Amsterdam, 9 September 2009 - Elsevier, a leading publisher of scientific, technical and medical (STM) information, announced today the launch of a new journal, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. Available on ScienceDirect from September, 2009, Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability aims to address all the scientific, economic, social, technological and institutional aspects related to the challenge of environmental sustainability by focusing on integration across academic disciplines and insights with implications for societal practices and processes.

Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, was developed by the Earth System Science Partnership to ensure that specialists keep up to date with the expanding volume of information published in the interdisciplinary research area of environmental change and sustainability. The journal is divided into six major sections: Climate Systems, Human settlements and habitat, Energy systems, Terrestrials systems, Carbon and Nitrogen cycles, and Aquatic systems. Reviewed once a year, each section aims to cover the latest advances and trends on the environmental dimensions of sustainability and provides the views of invited experts on recent literature, with particular emphasis on articles published in the past two-three years. Access to the first two issues will be complimentary for first three months.
Professor Rik Leemans from Wageningen University and Professor Anand Patwardhan from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay will serve as Editors-in-Chief. Over forty internationally-recognized experts will serve on the Editorial Board. Many of whom have leading roles in the international environmental change research programmes (DIVERSITAS, IGBP, IHDP, WCRP and ESSP) and science assessments.

“There is no single journal dedicated to environmental sustainability research which brings together all of the disciplines contributing to the field”, commented Rik Leemans. “With Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability we will address this need and help this emerging research field come of age”, added Anand Patwardhan.

“I am delighted and proud to see that so many of the leaders of the field have already committed to the launch issues of Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability”, said Gilles Jonker, Elsevier’s Executive Publisher.

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About ESSP
The ESSP is a science partnership of the four international global environmental change research programmes – an international programme of biodiversity science (DIVERSITAS), International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP), International Human Dimensions Programme on Global Change (IHDP), and the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) - for the integrated study of the Earth system, the ways that it is changing, and the implications for global and regional sustainability.
ESSP activities aim to develop a global environmental change oriented research agenda of direct relevance for societies. The ESSP joint projects aim to address the challenges caused by GEC with innovative integrative approaches, to elucidate interactions between natural and social systems and to understand the implications of human-driven changes for the functioning of the Earth system. ESSP is also developing and implementing a capacity-building agenda, which will enhance individual and institutional capacity. This dynamic programme advances climate science, developing country expertise, the science assessments, such as IPCC and the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, and the International UN conventions. Finally, ESSP promotes and delivers knowledge products.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, deliver better care, and sometimes make groundbreaking discoveries that advance the boundaries of knowledge and human progress. Elsevier provides web-based, digital solutions — among them ScienceDirect, Scopus, Elsevier Research Intelligence, and ClinicalKey — and publishes nearly 2,200 journals, including The Lancet and Cell, and over 25,000 book titles, including a number of iconic reference works.

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