Carbon Footprints (CF) is an international open-access journal dedicated to publishing all aspects of the knowledge on the emissions of all greenhouse gases during a given period produced directly or indirectly to support human activities. The journal aims to advance the understanding of the extent of the carbon footprint associated with various human activities, the patterns and processes governing it, and the nature of interactions between carbon footprint and other factors that influence ecosystem and urban system services. Based on a broad academic background, the journal scope is divided into three major sectors below:
Ecosystems: Land use changes are the most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions. Stabilizing greenhouse gas emissions from croplands as agricultural demand grows is a critical climate change mitigation strategy. Depending on management, the Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Use sector can be both a source as well as a net sink for carbon. Currently, it contributes 25% of the global anthropogenic carbon emissions. The study of carbon footprint in land use systems is one of the necessary means to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. The ocean plays an irreplaceable important role in carbon sequestration. It stores about 93% of the carbon dioxide on Earth and can remove more than 30% of the carbon dioxide discharged into the atmosphere every year, making it the largest carbon sink on Earth. Promoting the development of Marine carbon sinks and exploiting the negative emission potential of oceans is an important way to achieve carbon peaking and carbon neutrality. Sustainable management, conservation, and restoration of Marine ecosystems to provide carbon sequestration and other ecosystem services on which humans depend are essential. Besides, water resources utilization and protection innovation systems under the background of carbon neutrality are also included in this sector.
Energy, Fuels & Engineering Materials: The overconsumption of energy from non-renewable resources increases energy scarcity, greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and environmental degradation, posing threats to mankind. To this end, global energy transformation is gaining momentum. The ecological awareness of human beings and the transition to low-C or C-free energy are more concerning now than at any time in the past. Therefore, to build a new energy structure system dominated by “clean, low-carbon, safe and efficient” energy resources, promote the complementary integration of clean energy and fossil energy, to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality and carbon peak. Furthermore, researches related to sustainable engineering materials will be included in this sector.
Urban Systems: The complex systems with anthropogenic features that generate considerable CO2 emissions, which contribute to global climate change. Further development of new technologies, such as big data and artificial intelligence, to assess the carbon footprint of Urban Systems is anticipated to help address the emerging challenges in urban ecosystem research effectively to achieve carbon neutrality and urban sustainability under global change. In addition, specific fields such as Transportation and mobility, Built environment and community structure, Waste recycling management, Food production and consumption, Financial policies related to carbon emissions are suggested to be included in this sector.
The journal welcomes original articles, reviews and systematic reviews, perspectives, and commentaries on the mentioned subjects. Contributions reporting the results of investigations on topics of fundamental or applied nature on biophysical and socioeconomic issues are welcome. Excessively descriptive accounts and repetitions of well-established findings are discouraged. The results of field studies must be relevant to a context wider than the specific location where the study was undertaken and provide new insight or make a significant contribution to the knowledge base.