Announcing the 2019 L&O Special Issue “Long-term perspectives in aquatic research”

Announcing the 2019 Limnology and Oceanography Special Issue

“Long-term perspectives in aquatic research”


Manuscripts due January 22, 2018


Limnology & Oceanography will be publishing a special issue in 2019, entitled “Long-term perspectives in aquatic research,” and edited by Special Editors Stephanie Hampton, Matthew Church, John Melack and Mark Scheuerell. We welcome submissions from all interested researchers who work in this area.


The emphasis of the 2019 Special Issue for Limnology and Oceanography will be on the novel analyses of direct, long-term measurements in aquatic ecosystems spanning at least two decades. Long-term data sets from freshwater, estuarine, and marine ecosystems provide unique perspective on complex dynamics of organisms and ecosystems, particularly as they respond to both anthropogenic pressures and large-scale climate phenomena. Recent studies provide powerful examples of the role of long-term data in elucidating major ecosystem processes, to reveal phenomena that would not be evident on shorter time frames, from documenting surprising multi-decadal teleconnections of physical, chemical and biological phenomena, to unraveling complexities in biogeochemistry, population dynamics, and community ecology. Although temporal patterns differ among aquatic ecosystems, long-term research programs typically share common challenges in sustaining continuity, maintaining robust cyberinfrastructure, and applying appropriate statistical approaches to complex time series. In this special issue, we encourage manuscripts that use long-term data sets by highlighting examples of their use in revealing patterns of multi-scale temporal change in aquatic ecosystems, informing management decisions, and engaging the public in the science and stewardship of aquatic environments. Reviews, meta-analyses, and perspectives are welcome in addition to standard manuscripts that use primary data.


The deadline for manuscript submission is January 22, 2018. Manuscripts may be submitted earlier, and accepted papers will be published online upon acceptance with a print issue expected in January 2019. Articles should be submitted through ScholarOne at the Wiley Limnology &Oceanography website: Please identify your submission for consideration in the “long-term perspectives” issue.


With best wishes,


Special Issue Editors


Stephanie Hampton, Washington State University,

Matthew Church, University of Montana,

John Melack, University of California, Santa Barbara,

Mark Scheuerell, NOAA Northwest Fisheries Science Center,


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