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Earth, Planets and Space


Geochemical Transactions

Announcing a new journal

We are welcoming submissions to a new fully open access journal on sustainability research. Sustainable Earth - science, policy, society is led by Editor-in-Chief, Professor Peter Newman. 

Find out more in our guest post. 

Read some of the most influential articles in your field

Frictional properties of incoming pelagic sediments at the Japan Trench: implications for large slip at a shallow plate boundary during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake by Michiyo Sawai, Takehiro Hirose and Jun Kameda (Michiyo Sawai as winner of Earth, Planets and Space Young Researcher Award 2016)

Tsunami source of the 2011 off the Pacific coast of Tohoku Earthquake by Yushiro Fujii, Kenji Satake, Shin’ichi Sakai, Masanao Shinohara and Toshihiko Kanazawa (winner of Earth, Planets and Space Excellent Paper Award 2016)

Identifying the occurrence time of an impending major earthquake: a review by Yasuhito Igarashi, Mizuo Kajino, Yuji Zaizen, Kouji Adachi and Masao Mikami (most-talked about article from Earthquake Science)

Assessment of the resource base for engineered geothermal systems in Great Britain by Jon Busby and Ricky Terrington (most-talked about article from Geothermal Energy)

Climate Change’s Role in Disaster Risk Reduction’s Future: Beyond Vulnerability and Resilience by Ilan Kelman, J C Gaillard and Jessica Mercer (most-talked about article from International Journal of Disaster Risk Science)

Call-for-Papers to the latest Thematic Series

Open source geospatial tools and technologies for urban and environmental studies
We invite original research contributions on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications, and particularly encourage submissions focusing on the following themes for this Special Issue. Find out more

Open Source Geospatial Software
This Special Issue invites original research contributions and/or software implementations on all aspects of open source geospatial software and its applications. Find out more

The Future of the City
This thematic series poses the question, how could we imagine the future of the city? Find out more

Laboratory and field testing for landslide risk analysis
This special issue deals with the recent enhancements and trends for the laboratory and field investigations of geomaterials involved in catastrophic landslides. Find out more​​​​​​​

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Fawu Wang

Shimane University, Japan

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Sangchul Bang

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, USA

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Roger Kasperson

Clark University, USA

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Kenji Satake

The University of Tokyo, Japan