Earthzine seeks contributions to our monthly focus topics. Monthly focus topics complement our in-depth Quarterly Theme coverage, with timely content that highlights developments and news within topical areas.

Articles included within our monthly focus topics are generally 500-1000 words in length and must have a clear alignment with the designated topic. They must be submitted no later than the first week of the month associated with that topic. Contributing to a monthly focus offers a chance for researchers and others working on relevant topics to share their work or observations with an interdisciplinary and global audience.  Our 2021 monthly focus topics and their descriptions are listed below.

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IEEE Oceanic engineering society

Coverage on IEEE OES events over the past year


Science Fiction and Earth Observation

What do video conferences, earbuds, and waterbeds have in common? They all started as ideas in science fiction novels. In this theme we explore the influence of science fiction on Earth observations.



This mini-theme will focus on the Group on Earth Observations plenary. Earthzine staff will offer coverage of the conference and contributions from conference presenters are also welcome. Click here to browse past coverage of GEO.



In honor of National Earthquake Preparedness Month, this theme will examine how Earth observations help us better understand and predict earthquakes, as well as deal with their effects.


Forest migration/tree species

As the climate changes, many species have been observed moving away from the equator toward the poles. This theme explores how even organisms seemingly without mobility — trees — are also shifting their habitats as the Earth warms.


Young Innovators

Articles related to the kickoff of the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development. The Theme for 2021 is also the Ocean Decade - find more info here.


Earth Observations Education Programs

Earthzine is proud to host the Virtual Poster Sessions for NASA DEVELOP and provide the Earthzine Writing Fellowship to aspiring science writers. With this theme we discuss the power of Earth observations education programs to groom the next generation of Earth observations scientists and practitioners.


Algal Blooms

Algal blooms are becoming an increasingly pressing topic as fisheries are impacted and drinking water supplies are cut off. This theme looks at how Earth observations are helping us better understand harmful algal blooms and how to mitigate their effects.


Global OCEANS 2021 Porto/San Diego

This month will focus on the Oceanic Engineering Society’s flagship OCEANS conference jointly organized by Porto and San Diego organizing committees. Earthzine staff will offer coverage of the conference and contributions from conference presenters are also welcome. Click here to browse past coverage of OES Oceans.


Arctic Oceans

Coverage related to polar Oceans and their monitoring. Also see related info on OES Polar Oceans technology committee website.


Earth Observations in Social Media

Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, Twitter and the blogosphere are just a few places where Earth observations are impacting a wider audience than the scientific community. In this theme we explore the impacts of Earth observations in social media.


Essays on Hope

December’s mini-theme features op-ed articles that are retrospective and forward-looking on how we can use Earth information to better our planet and ourselves. From technological advances to community movements, what gives you hope for a better future?