Our editors from the journals with the most clicked articles from last year’s Change the World collection describe what developments have resulted from the findings published in the articles since their publication. Read about the interesting outcomes below!

Water Consumption: An interview with Michael Rycroft, the Editor-in-Chief of Surveys in Geophysics

The top visited article in 2017: Water and food in the twenty-first century​​​​​​​

What were the determining factors for choosing this particular article from the many for this campaign? 

I considered that the theme of the paper “Water and food in the twenty-first century” was central to helping humanity and protecting our planet in the new millennium.

Why do you think the findings represented in the article are most relevant to the global issues we face today?

The findings of this paper show that almost a billion people on planet Earth do not receive sufficient food to be in good health, and that to solve this crisis twice as much water will be needed for food production in the year 2100 as in 2000. In the face of climate change, this water will have to be stored in underground aquifers, where it does not evaporate.

What scientific advances does this article promise to drive? / Who will benefit the most?

Many new hydrological projects will be required so that the poorest people on Earth may enjoy the living standards of the more fortunate.

What progress or developments have resulted from these findings since the publication of this article?

The predictions of large-scale hydrological models under climate change conditions are being analysed.

What impact do you think that the Springer Nature Change the World campaign can have in addressing the global societal and scientific grand challenges?

The Springer Nature campaign highlighted current global environmental problems and brought them to the forefront of public attention.

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Michael Rycroft

EiC of Surveys in Geophysics


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