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I am happy to announce the launch of a major, global reference project designed to shape, explicate, and support environmental science. Our goal is to create a dynamic, evolving research encyclopedia that incorporates the breadth of the science and the diverse disciplines related to it.

The resource will grow toward comprehensive coverage in tune with developments in the science and related disciplines. It will feature vetted, cutting-edge overview articles on a wide array of topics, both specialized and inter-, cross-, or trans-disciplinary, while directing readers to relevant resources, from audio-visual materials and data sets to pedagogical tools, and more. As a hub for the science and related disciplines, we hope that it will become a primary resource: for scientists, educators, students, experts, and those interested in and compelled by the state of our environment, how we understand the environment, and the issues, explorations, advances, struggles, and questions that helped to form the science, and that animate it now.

Professor H. H. Shugart, our editor in chief, and the experts on our international advisory board, are currently at work, laying the foundations for the project. We welcome your feedback as we build the Oxford Research Encyclopedia. As the project grows, we also hope that your interest in it grows, and that its collaborative character becomes apparent. Please check this site for updates and news about the project, and consider getting involved.

We look forward to working with you!


Sarah Kain
Acquisitions Editor, Earth, Environmental, and Physical Sciences