Eleven questions that should shape the next decade of geographical sciences research were identified in a new report by the National Research Council. Reflecting a time when populations are moving and natural resources are being depleted, the questions aim to provide a more complete understanding of where and how landscapes are changing to help society manage and adapt to the transformation of Earth's surface.
The committee that wrote the report solicited input from the geographical science community to identify research priorities and the approaches, skills, data, and infrastructure necessary to advance research. The strategic directions span from overarching issues of environmental change and sustainability to specific areas in the field that are transforming. They are grouped by topic area, but are not ranked in any order of importance.
How to understand and respond to environmental change:
How to promote sustainability:
How to recognize and cope with the rapid spatial reorganization of economy and society:
How to leverage technological change for the benefit of society and environment:
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