Aims and scope

Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems (GI) is a not-for-profit open-access interdisciplinary electronic journal for swift publication of original articles and short communications in the area of geoscientific instruments. It covers four main areas: (i) atmospheric and geospace sciences, (ii) Earth science, (iii) ocean science, and (iv) urban environmental monitoring. A unique feature of the journal is the emphasis on the synergy between science and technology that facilitates advances in GI. These advances include but are not limited to the following:

  • concepts, design, and description of instrumentation;
  • concepts, design, and description of data systems;
  • retrieval techniques of scientific products from measurements;
  • calibration and data quality assessment;
  • uncertainty in measurements;
  • newly developed and planned research platforms and community instrumentation capabilities;
  • major national and international field campaigns and observational research programmes;
  • new observational strategies to address societal needs in areas such as monitoring climate change, preventing natural disasters, and urban health monitoring;
  • networking of instruments for enhancing high temporal and spatial resolution of observations;
  • urban instrumentation and remote sensing;
  • model-calibrated remote sensing;
  • advanced data analytics and assimilation methods;
  • multi-scale and multi-physical sensing;
  • new concept in measurements system architecture;
  • Internet of things (IoT) and massive low-cost instrumentation;
  • citizen science data management;
  • human sensing.

GI has an innovative two-stage publication process involving preprint posting and public discussion on EGUsphere, EGU's preprint repository, or in the scientific discussion forum Geoscientific Instrumentation, Methods and Data Systems Discussions (GID), which has been designed to do the following:

  • foster scientific discussion;
  • maximize the effectiveness and transparency of scientific quality assurance;
  • enable rapid publication;
  • make scientific publications freely accessible.