About this Special Issue
This Special Issue of Earth Science, Systems and Society addresses the role of geoscience in enabling, supporting or hindering the transition to a sustainable society across a range of temporal and spatial scales. Geoscience is crucial to addressing many of society's most pressing issues and plays an increasingly critical role in allowing humanity to achieve the change that is required for a sustainable society.
This Special Issue on Geoscience for a Sustainable Society aims to bring together a collection of articles that link geoscience theory, concepts and practice to a wide range of opportunities and challenges for people and the planet as we transition to a sustainable society. The Special Issue aims to explore interactions between humans, the earth and environmental systems, and examine how geoscience is helping or hindering progress towards addressing society's many challenges. The Special Issue aims to address sustainability issues and solutions at a range of scales, from local to international and from the immediate to the longer term.
We invite contributions from academia, industry, the third sector, the public sector, and beyond on a wide range of topics relating to the role of geoscience in the transition to a more sustainable society. We welcome a broad range of contributions, from technical and scientific papers to examples of good policy and practice. A particular aim of the Special Issue is to publish inter/multidisciplinary contributions and perspectives.
Potential topics could include, but are not limited to:
Sustainability, and sustainable management, of natural resources (water, land, minerals, energy sources).
The role of geoscience in the sustainability and resilience of critical infrastructure (e.g. water, energy, transport)
Mitigation of, or adaptation and resilience to, environmental degradation, geohazards and climate change impacts.
Health and environmental injustice from geological processes and activities.
Education, training and continued professional development for a sustainable transition.
Geoscience for sustainable cities and communities.
Geoscience and the circular economy.
The role of geoscience in global and public health, including nutrition.
The contribution of the geosciences and geoscientists to objectives framed by national and international sustainability agendas such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (https://sdgs.un.org/goals).
Keywords: Sustainability, Resource Management, Climate Change, Geohazards, Public Health, Sustainable Cities, Sustainable Development Goals