Moving from interdisciplinary to convergent research across geoscience and social sciences: challenges and strategies

Since 2019 the U.S. National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) has hosted the Innovator Program to advance interdisciplinary and convergence research across the geosciences and social sciences. Faculty and their students from 21 U.S. universities collaborate with NCAR scientists on a broad range of research related to pressing societal issues of climate change and increasing threats from weather hazards with implications for fields like urban planning and policy, public health, emergency management, and engineering (https://edec.ucar.edu/university-partnerships/innovators). Below, we identify key barriers and lessons for evolving towards convergence at the intersection of geoscience and social sciences focusing on the unique role of early-career scientists, and offer strategies to improve outcomes, some of which echo the cited literature.
 

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Citation: Finn, D. et al. (2022), Moving from interdisciplinary to convergent research across Geoscience and Social Sciences: Challenges and Strategies, Environmental Research Letters, 17(6), 061002, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/ac7409.