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 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.