Special issue on Water and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Call for papers and invitation to join our synthetic effort and debate on Water and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
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UCL Open: Environment is opening a call for papers concerned with the theme of Water and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Water is one of the Earth’s most distinguishing features. It is essential to life. It is a fundamental part of our society and economy. We need it to drink, to supply food from land and sea, and support businesses of many kinds. We need water to help make things and to help deal with waste. And we need water for our environment. In our world there are tensions between all these different uses of water that are not always being addressed. Water shortages could be made worse with our changing climate leading to more frequent or even more severe droughts. Likewise, flooding could become worse because of increased periods of intense rainfall or because a combination of factors to which sea-level rise (driven by ocean expansion and polar melt) will add makes coastal erosion and flooding that much more of an issue.

So how do we move on from the position we have now where some people and environments are facing water scarcity and others, periodically, facing floods, some of which are devastating; a position where others lack the water or the systems they need to ensure sanitation standards are high enough to avoid disease; and a position where there is no agreed way to balance the competing demands for water other than by perhaps sometimes attempting to trade-off between competing needs.

Submission is open to anyone and submissions may be research articles directly concerned with one or a combination of the SDGs relevant to the uses of water interaction or form a nexi with those Environment focused SDGs that in a sense host the sources of water on the planet (SDGs 6, 13, 14 and 15). Submissions covering an examination of progress on all these SDGs viewed from the perspective of the global water cycle and whether the indicators and targets and evidence available to us all /deliver a more balanced view of water and how it might be best managed in future, are also welcomed for submission.

If you would like to contribute to the evidence and this open debate please send in your submissions for publication as soon as you wish (here). This Special Series will remain open for 12 months, closing November 2021. The series will focus on SDGs 6, 13, 14 and 15 but submissions on other SDGs are also welcome if they address a water topic.

Authors should read through the journals author guidelines and publishing policies before submitting. Once you are ready to submit, please ensure that you have signed into MyScienceOpen with your ORCID ID.

For more information or to enquire about submission, please contact the Editors at uclopen.environment@ucl.ac.uk.

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All articles will appear in the article list as and when they are submitted and subsequently officially published after open peer review. Articles will firstly appear as preprint articles whilst under open peer review being updated when revised by the authors as requested by the series Editors.

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If you are interested in contributing to this special series as a potential reviewer, please contact the series Editors with a brief outline of your interest and area of expertise, to uclopen.environment@ucl.ac.uk

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Operating dually as an open access e-journal and offering immediate publication in a dedicated preprint server, with open peer review, the entire publishing process will be accessible, transparent and accountable.