On February 28, 1986, the Journal of Geophysical Research (JGR) Editorial Search Committee decided to select a board of six or seven editors to replace retiring JGR-Solid Earth and Planets editor Gerald Schubert. The committee, made up of the presidents-elect of the solid earth sections, a representative of the Publications Committee, and the retiring editor, determined that this organization would be most effective for this section of JGR.
The Solid Earth and Planets section of JGR has grown dramatically during the tenure of the current editor. The Union sees further opportunities for growth in the coming years as newly developing areas begin to bear fruit. Attracting the best papers to AGU journals is viewed as an essential part of the mandate for serving the information needs of all members.