AGU journal commentaries highlight importance of Earth and space science research
by Staff Writers
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 24, 2017
The American Geophysical Union (AGU) has published a collection of 27 essays as commentaries in its scientific journals highlighting the important role Earth and space science research plays in society.
The essays, covering a broad swath of scientific disciplines and written by notable scientists in their fields, discuss the critical role of research, the growing importance of data and the increasing globalization of the scientific enterprise. Together, they highlight how Earth and space science research can help grow our economy and enable our society to thrive. An overview of the special collection is detailed in a blog post by AGU's journal editors, and AGU's director and assistant director of publications.
The collection comes as science is increasingly under threat in the United States and around the world and ahead of Saturday's March for Science. AGU is one of nearly 200 partner organizations that have joined with science advocates, science educators, scientists and concerned citizens to advocate for evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding and inclusivity as part of the March for Science.
The special collection includes:
The future of planetary defense
Water and life from snow: A trillion-dollar science question
Essential science for understanding risks from radiation for airline passengers and crews
Considering this, measuring high-altitude radiation doses and turning those data into useful information for aviation operators, schedulers and frequent flyers will provide support for key decisions, according to Delores Knipp, a researcher professor at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a commentary in Space Weather.
Earthquake science in resilient societies
They highlight recent case studies of evidence-based decision making and how modern research is improving the way societies respond to earthquakes.
Solving water quality problems in agricultural landscapes: new approaches for these nonlinear, multi-process, multi-scale systems
Science, society, and the coastal groundwater squeeze
This will require interdisciplinary scientific collaboration, open communication between scientists and the public, and strong partnerships with policymakers, according to Holly Michael, an associate professor at the University of Delaware and co-authors, in a commentary in Water Resources Research.
A case for Planetary Health/GeoHealth
Achieving meaningful progress will require collaboration across a broad swath of scientific disciplines as well as with policy makers, natural resource managers, members of faith communities and movement builders around the world, write members of the Planetary Health Alliance in GeoHealth.
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