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Proactive, reactive, and inactive pathways for scientists in a changing world

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McDonald, KS, Hobday, AJ, Thompson, PA, Lenton, A, Stephenson, RL, Mapstone, BD, Dutra, LXC, Bessey, C, Boschetti, F, Cvitanovic, C ORCID: 0000-0002-2565-3396, Bulman, CM, Fulton, EA, Moeseneder, CH, Pethybridge, H, Plaganyi, EE, van Putten, EI and Rothlisberg, PC 2019 , 'Proactive, reactive, and inactive pathways for scientists in a changing world' , Earth's Future, vol. 7, no. 2 , pp. 60-73 , doi: 10.1029/2018EF000990.

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Abstract

As atmospheric CO2 levels continue to rise so too does the risk of severe impacts. Scientists clearly have an important role to play in preparing for and responding to climate change impacts; however, calls by scientists for global action have not led to the required changes. It is timely, therefore, for scientists to critically consider their own approach toward climate change research, particularly if we are to ameliorate or adapt to unwanted outcomes. Here we present three different pathways that allow scientists and scientific institutions to conceptualize the implications of their responses to climate change scenarios. These pathways are illustrated via three plausible futures for the marine environment under climate change. This approach allows future responsibilities, outcomes, and implication to be explored within and across pathways and can be applied to different scenarios for scientists and scientific institutions to anticipate and better prepare to contribute effectively to the future.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:McDonald, KS and Hobday, AJ and Thompson, PA and Lenton, A and Stephenson, RL and Mapstone, BD and Dutra, LXC and Bessey, C and Boschetti, F and Cvitanovic, C and Bulman, CM and Fulton, EA and Moeseneder, CH and Pethybridge, H and Plaganyi, EE and van Putten, EI and Rothlisberg, PC
Keywords: science pathways, strategic planning, climate change, foresighting, marine systems, science advice, mitigation and adaptation, futures
Journal or Publication Title: Earth's Future
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd.
ISSN: 2328-4277
DOI / ID Number: 10.1029/2018EF000990
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©2019. The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

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