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Earth Science, Systems and Society

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Earth Science, Systems and SocietyEarth Science, Systems and Society (ES3) is a new, fully gold open access journal, owned and published by the Geological Society of London using the systems and services of Frontiers Media.

Encompassing field, theoretical, experimental and numerical methods, papers are expected to present a significant advance in understanding, great scientific rigour and novelty.

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Chief Editor

Kathryn Goodenough

Dr Kathryn Goodenough, British Geological Survey, UK


ES3 is dedicated to the publication of timely and topical research of high importance across the breadth of the geosciences. 

The journal has a special focus on cross-disciplinary research that showcases the relevance of geoscience to sustainability in society. The journal welcomes contributions, which explores challenges such as:
  • Climate change – past, present and future
  • Energy transition, decarbonisation and critical materials
  • Hazards and risk – prediction, mitigation and reduction
  • Urban development and land-use dynamics
  • Habitable planet – terrestrial and extra-terrestrial life
  • Holocene-Anthropocene interface
  • Big data, data science and mathematical modelling
  • Sustainable and responsible natural resource management
  • Geohealth – the intersection of geoscience and health
  • Earth systems science – natural and social science interaction
  • Monitoring change – advances in technology and instrumentation
  • Geoscience communication and ethics
The journal is also concerned with broad research from across the geosciences. Subjects include but are not limited to:
  • Biogeoscience
  • Energy, exploration and resource geoscience
  • Engineering geology, hydrogeology and environmental geoscience
  • Geochemistry, geochronology and isotope geology
  • Quaternary geology, geomorphology and landscape evolution
  • Geophysics (geodynamics, seismology and geomagnetism)
  • Marine geoscience and paleoceanography
  • Metamorphic and igneous geology
  • Paleobiology and paleoenvironments
  • Planetary geoscience
  • Sedimentology and stratigraphy
  • Structural geology and tectonics
  • Volcanology


For all enquiries, please contact the journal by email [email protected]


“you just look at rocks, and have beards” Perceptions of Geology From the United Kingdom: A Qualitative Analysis From an Online Survey

In the last few decades, Geology courses, particularly in the Global North, have seen a decline in student enrolment. Geologists have linked this downturn to a lack of exposure to the subject at school and college level. This work seeks to understand the public’s relationship with Geology and draws on over 5,000 open-ended question responses to a survey disseminated in 2021. The survey asked both those who had, and had not, studied geology as a subject a series of questions in order to explore their perceptions of the discipline. Our findings indicate that individuals “outside” of geology see the subject as old fashioned, boring, and environmentally damaging; simply the study of rock samples with nothing new to be discovered from; and with poor job prospects outside of the oil and gas industry. Geologists who responded to the survey paint a picture of a broad, interdisciplinary subject, with vibrant employability opportunities—yet struggle to coherently and collectively describe this when asked, “what is geology?”. In addition to the identified perception of geology as boring, and notions of poor employability being a barrier to prospective students, diversity and inclusivity issues are highlighted as significant barriers by those who study geology. Our findings indicate that both geologists and the geology curriculum need to coherently describe what geology is more effectively. We need to develop and better communicate the subject’s interdisciplinary nature and links to critical societal issues, such as the role of responsible mineral extraction in the energy transition and the importance of geology in vital areas such as climate change science, water resource management, environmental conservation, and sustainable urban/built development. Finding new ways to show that, far from being boring, geology is a subject that can fundamentally change the way you see and interact with the world around you is of central importance to achieving this. Efforts to make the subject more equitable are also highlighted as being critical in creating a more inclusive and accessible discipline.

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