As part of its commitment to promote environmental science and allow our members to learn about and disseminate the latest sector thinking, the IES produces four to five editions of its highly regarded journal environmental SCIENTIST each year.
Each thematic issue examines a topic of pressing importance to environmental science from a variety of different angles; an expert in the relevant area acts as guest editor, introducing the articles and providing a critical overview of the subject at hand. Articles are primarily written by our members, supplemented by contributions from experts and professionals working in the environmental field.
The journal acts not just as way of keeping abreast with the sector, but is also a thoroughly interesting read.
Increasingly vocal demands for repatriation of power from both Brussels and Westminster have re-opened the debate about where decision-making powers on environmental issues should lie. This issue of the environmental SCIENTIST highlights several devolution success stories in environmental policy areas, and reflects on what we can learn from these cases. A series of three Analysis pieces offer a comparative exploration of how one important issue, climate change adaptation, is being addressed in each of the devolved administrations. We also present a perspective from the United States, and further analysis on what Brexit may mean for devolved environmental policy in the UK. The policy landscape is in flux and the environmental sector needs to embrace new approaches to help shape future frameworks. This journal aims to encourage the reflection required, by carefully evaluating the options available to us, examining congruent domestic and international experiences, and highlighting best...
Whilst the traditional sciences have been recognised for decades, it was only with the emergence of serious environmental problems in the mid-20th century that environmental science was professionalised. But now, a minor revolution is taking place and the environmental sciences are leading the way. In the last few years, the introduction of portable technologies such as GPS and image processing has allowed curious non-experts, ‘citizens’, to get involved, collecting data with little more than a smartphone. This, along with social media connecting people worldwide, means that researchers can be aided by large, widespread teams. Citizen science does however have its critics, who question data quality or participant motivation. This issue highlights examples of exciting and innovative citizen science successes, but also seeks to address some of these concerns.
From the moment humans began launching into Space, we have been turning our tools of exploration back towards the Earth itself. Here, we bring together a collection of papers which explore how Earth Observation technology has changed the way we study environments on Earth, what we can learn about the Earth from looking beyond our own biosphere, and the complex ethical questions of how our environmental obligations apply as we explore Space.
The 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessed the impact of research undertaken by UK universities for the first time. Universities submitted case studies to demonstrate their research impacts on “the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia”. The Committee of Heads of Environmental Sciences (CHES) is the arm of the Institution of Environmental Sciences (IES) dealing with higher education, and thus has a keen interest in how the discipline informs society as a whole. Here, we showcase the impact of environmental science research from UK universities, and explore how researchers develop and demonstrate impact, ensuring that interdisciplinary work is appropriately represented in analyses of societal effects.
More of us than ever before live and work in cities. This issue of the environmental SCIENTIST seeks to address some of the questions that arise around our common urban future. Articles draw on work from across the environmental sciences, exploring the challenges that cities will face over the coming decades, and the exciting and innovative environmental solutions and projects being undertaken to improve our urban areas.
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