Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences

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One of the most important parts of the research process, is separating trustworthy, current information from everything else efficiently, this has been too difficult for far too long. Until now.

Reference Modules are:

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The Reference Module in Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences on ScienceDirect contains thousands of reference articles covering the history of the planet, its geology, soils, atmosphere, oceans, energy and other natural resources, and the ecosystems supported by the planet. The editorial board who oversee this electronic publication share a common passion: the use of science to better our understanding of the world around us, and to inform the decision making process at all levels of governance.

Numbers at glance:

  • 5,200+ articles from 20 Elsevier Major Reference Works
  • 4,000 contributors
  • 13 editorial board members
  • 20 Elsevier Major Reference Works9,000+ images
  • Over 1,800 new or updated articles added since launch
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 (Second Edition)
  • Comprehensive Geographic Information Systems
  • Comprehensive Remote Sensing
  • 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 (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Physical Science and Technology (Third Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Quaternary Science (Second Edition)
  • Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment
  • Encyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies
  • Treatise on Estuarine and Coastal Science
  • Treatise on Geomorphology
  • Treatise on Geophysics (Second Edition)
  • Treatise on Water Science
  • Treatise on Geochemistry (Second Edition)

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Marshall Shawn"Far too many students, professors, and professionals are sourcing unreliable online material or quick explanations or facts, without the assurance of veracity and currency of the information. Reference Modules will become the most reliable 'go-to' resource for entry into an academic subject." Shawn Marshall - Subject Editor - University of Calgary, Canada

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Kat Lajhta"I am being asked to stretch myself further and wider into fields that are not my immediate expertise. This is why Elsevier Reference Modules on ScienceDirect are such a lifeline – I can read a general overview of a new area, and then follow trails into more and more specific chapters as my research demands." Kate Lajtha - Subject Editor - Oregon State University, USA

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  • Keep current with new developments across the breadth of the field
  • Explore multiple subject areas related to your work in one easy to use resource

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  • Faculty can easily build a portfolio of reliable course material, hosted online for easy distribution
  • Students can quickly gain an understanding of a new subject at an accessible level
  • Lecturers can be assured students are using authoritative and up to date content to gain foundational knowledge
  • Much wider knowledge resource than a textbook with access to thousands of articles

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  • Ensure that researchers are accessing and using the most accurate and reliable resource
  • Hosted on ScienceDirect with links to related journals and books
  • Thousands of articles hosted in one interdisciplinary resource avoiding the need to purchase multiple Major Reference Works
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