Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

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Trustworthy-Elsevier Reference Modules provide you with access to thousands of peer-reviewed articles from Elsevier's Major Reference Works along with articles exclusive to the Reference Module, selected and organized by an expert external Editorial Board for each subject.

Discoverable- Selected articles are organized into an intuitive subject hierarchy designed by each Module’s Editorial Board. They are easy to navigate and search within, helping you quickly find essential information and understand the interdisciplinary links between topics.

Current-The Editorial Board continuously reviews the module, ensuring it covers the most significant recent developments in the field. Time stamps mark the date of the most recent review or update. New content is commissioned for the Reference Module as necessary to ensure its currency and breadth of coverage. As relevant Reference Works are published, selected articles are added at no additional cost.

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  • 4594 articles from 20 Elsevier Major Reference Works
  • 13 editorial board members
  • 4,000 contributors
  • 9,000 images
Scott Elias"I have assembled an editorial board of senior scientists who are leaders in their fields. I am excited to lead this module because it will be continuously updated,providing university students and academics around the world with peer-reviewed,state-of-the-art articles covering the spectrum." Scott A. Elias - Editor-in-Chief for Reference Module in Earth and Environmental Sciences - Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

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With continuously updated articles from the following Elsevier Major Reference Works:

  • Climate Vulnerability
  • Comprehensive Biotechnology, 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Renewable Energy
  • Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification
  • Encyclopedia of Ecology
  • Encyclopedia of Energy
  • Encyclopedia of Energy, Natural Resource, and Environmental Economics
  • Encyclopedia of Environmental Health
  • Encyclopedia of Geology
  • Encyclopedia of Inland Waters
  • Encyclopedia of Ocean Sciences, 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology, 3rd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science , 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment
  • Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science
  • Treatise on Geomorphology
  • Treatise on Geophysics, 2nd Edition
  • Treatise on Water Science
  • Treatise on Geochemistry, 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences, 2nd Edition

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