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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: AAG Open Session Agenda and Speakers." National Research Council. 2010. Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12860.
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Appendix C
AAG Open Session Agenda and Speakers

Session 3505

National Research Council Study:

Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade


Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting

Fairfield Room

Marriott Copley Place


April 17, 2008

3:10 to 4:50 p.m.

SESSION DESCRIPTION

The National Research Council has undertaken a study entitled Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences in the Next Decade that will formulate a short list of high-priority research questions in the geographical sciences that are relevant to societal needs. An ad hoc committee has been appointed to carry out this study, and as part of its information-gathering efforts, the committee has invited a group of speakers to present their ideas on the committee’s charge. Presenters will be speaking for approximately 10 minutes each, with time at the end for questions and comments.

PRESENTERS

(10 minutes each)

Cindy Fan, University of California, Los Angeles

Laura Pulido, University of Southern California

Patrick Bartlein, University of Oregon

Daniel Sui, Texas A&M University

Eric Sheppard, University of Minnesota

Paul Robbins, University of Arizona

Geoffrey Jacquez, BioMedware

QUESTIONNAIRE

The committee has also developed a questionnaire1 to allow members of the community to provide input on the committee’s task of identifying strategic research questions. The committee will review and consider this input as it deliberates on research questions at subsequent meetings.

Comments received by April 30, 2008, will be considered at the committee’s next meeting (May 21-23, 2008). However, the committee welcomes any ideas until August 2008.

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See dels.nas.edu/besr/SD_questionnaire.cgi (accessed March 12, 2010).

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: AAG Open Session Agenda and Speakers." National Research Council. 2010. Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12860.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: AAG Open Session Agenda and Speakers." National Research Council. 2010. Understanding the Changing Planet: Strategic Directions for the Geographical Sciences. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12860.
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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.

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