The Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) is dedicated to publishing original papers characterized by their broad approach to water resources issues. Water by its nature is complex. Therefore, effectively managing water resources requires a broad understanding of many concepts and their applications, as plans based on a single outlook – only engineering, only biology, only economics, or only law – tend to have unhappy outcomes. Decision makers addressing water resources challenges require access to high quality science and research presented from a variety of perspectives. JAWRA has been focused on this objective for almost half a century.
I’m Ken Lanfear, and it is my privilege to be the Editor of JAWRA. I got this gig in 2006 after retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey, where I worked on geographic information systems and managed websites. The quality and originality of the manuscripts submitted to JAWRA never ceases to amaze me. One of the most rewarding parts of my job occurs when involved reviewers help turn a good manuscript into a great paper.
I’m assisted in this task (meaning, “These guys do the heavy lifting!”) by a team of 15 Associate Editors and by JAWRA Administrator, Susan Scalia. All papers JAWRA publishes are peer reviewed, with reviewers chosen from a pool of over 1200 volunteers who generously donate their time and skill to advancing knowledge of water resources.