Geosciences: An Open Access Journal on Earth and Planetary Sciences and Their Interdisciplinary Approaches

Jesus Martinez-Frias
2011 Geosciences  
On behalf of the Editorial Board and the editorial management staff of MDPI, it is my great pleasure to introduce this new journal Geosciences. Geosciences is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal, which publishes original papers, rapid communications, technical notes and review articles, and discussions about all interdisciplinary aspects of the earth and planetary sciences. Geosciences may also include papers presented at scientific conferences (proceedings) or articles on a
more » ... r articles on a well defined topic assembled by individual editors or organizations/institutions (special publications). My own vision for the direction and progress of this journal is that it should cover not only the classical themes related to geology and geosciences, but also other much more vanguardist and interdisciplinary subjects. This includes the solid Earth, the atmosphere, the hydrosphere, and the biosphere, as well as related issues of planetary and space sciences. In addition, Geosciences provides an advanced forum for contributions on Earth history, natural hazards, geology-related environmental problems and geoethics, reflecting the wide scope and societal, educational, cultural and, in general, human implications of the crosscutting nature of the problems. In the past, scientists in each branch studied their field without considering the Earth as an interacting system (also with life in general, and the human society and its circumstances in particular), which forms part of the solar system. It can be said that the man-made multifaceted branching of the geosciences into independent areas was made for procedural convenience in studying a large and complex planet. In addition, it is well known that the research in geosciences is frequently based on long-standing observations and analyses. Thus, a key point to be considered in the context of the study of geological processes is time, as well as the implications regarding its perception by humans. A good knowledge regarding Earth and planetary sciences provides methodological tools for predicting and mitigating the effects of geological (and astrogeological) hazards such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, and asteroid/comet impacts. Understanding the Earth's origin and its bio-geological evolution, the multiple implications of the geosciences (as a coherent set of interconnected disciplines), and the OPEN ACCESS
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