Environmental Research Letters (Journal)

  • Abraham, E. (Editor)
  • Edward Byers (Editor)
  • simon parkinson (Editor)
  • Zarrar Khan (Editor)

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A Special Issue in Environmental Research Letters

Focus on Multi-Scale Water-Energy-Land Nexus Planning to Manage Socio-Economic, Climatic, and Technological Change

Guest Editors
Edo Abraham, TU Delft
Edward Byers, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Simon Parkinson, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)
Zarrar Khan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

The world's energy, water, and land systems are in transition and rapidly integrating, driven by forces such as socioeconomic, demographic, climatic, and technological changes as well as policies intended to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other societal priorities. These dynamics weave across spatial scales, connecting global markets and trends to regional and sub-regional economies. At the same time, resources are often locally managed under varying administrative jurisdictions closely tied to inherent characteristics of each commodity such as river basins for water, grid regions for electricity and land-use boundaries for agriculture. Local decisions in turn are critical in deciding the aggregate success and consequences of national and global policies. Thus, there is a growing need to better characterize the energy-water-land nexus to guide robust and consistent decision making across these scales under changing climate.

We propose that this focus issue address this challenge for the energy-water-land nexus in nascent infrastructure planning and sectoral transitions. Contributions can be original research articles dealing with applications of existing nexus approaches in sustainability assessment and design of future developments at different scales (i.e. urban to regional planning), as well as new methods that address existing gaps (e.g. related to incorporating processes at different scales, transboundary issues, bridging data gaps, etc).

Most focus collection articles are invited, but unsolicited contributions are also encouraged. If you believe you have a suitable research letter article in preparation please send your pre-submission query either to the journal publishing team or via the Guest Editors listed above. All full articles should then be submitted using our online submission form.

Submission process
Articles submitted to focus collections must be of the same format and meet the same publication criteria as regular research letter articles in ERL. They are also subject to the same rigorous review process, high editorial standards and quality/novelty requirements. Please read the scope and key information page for more information before submitting.

For more comprehensive information on preparing your article for submission and the options for submitting your article, please see our author guidelines.

All articles should be submitted using our online submission form. In the first step of the online form, under 'Manuscript Type' please select 'Focus on Multi-scale water-energy-land nexus planning to manage socio-economic, climatic, and technological change' in the 'Select Special Issue' drop down box. In the 'File Upload' step, please include a separate justification statement outlining how your article satisfies the publication criteria for this journal (see the 'submission requirements' section on the about the journal page).

Deadline for submissions
Submissions will be accepted until 1 March 2021 however submissions earlier than this date are encouraged. ERL will publish this focus collection incrementally, adding new articles to this webpage as and when they are accepted for publication following peer review. Therefore, if you submit early in the period your article will not be held up waiting for other articles.

Article charge
ERL is an open access journal, completely free to read, and is funded solely by article publication charges. Authors should therefore be aware of the article publication charge for accepted and published articles, including those in focus collections. Full details about the article charge can be found on the publication charges page.
PeriodOct 2020Jan 2021
Type of journalJournal
Degree of RecognitionInternational