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ERIC Number: ED555264
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 172
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-0-309-15075-0
Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences
National Academies Press
From the oceans to continental heartlands, human activities have altered the physical characteristics of Earth's surface. With Earth's population projected to peak at 8 to 12 billion people by 2050 and the additional stress of climate change, it is more important than ever to understand how and where these changes are happening. Innovation in the geographical sciences has the potential to advance knowledge of place-based environmental change, sustainability, and the impacts of a rapidly changing economy and society. "Understanding the Changing Planet" outlines eleven strategic directions to focus research and leverage new technologies to harness the potential that the geographical sciences offer. Three appendices are included: (1) Committee and Staff Biographies; (2) Acronyms and Abbreviations; and (3) AAG [Association of American Geographers] Open Session Agenda and Speakers. (Contains approximately 600 references.) [This content was written by the Committee on Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade; Board on Earth Sciences and Resources; Division on Earth and Life Studies; National Research Council.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation; US Geological Survey (USGS) (DOI); National Geographic Society; Association of American Geographers
Authoring Institution: National Academies, National Academy of Sciences; National Academies, National Research Council
Grant or Contract Numbers: BCS-0631200|07HQGR0157