Communicating the relevance of paleo research in the current societal environment


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It is not an easy task for paleoscientists to communicate the relevance of their research to policy makers and funders. However, an increase in catastrophic environmental calamities related to climate change (e.g. landslide, droughts, flooding) demands a response both in terms of policy-making and future governmental decisions. Often, climate change in the recent past was linked to major shifts in human behavior, which masks the relative contribution of humans and nature. For example, the 4.2 ka BP aridification event was so severe that it may have triggered the collapse of several large civilizations (the Old Kingdom in Egypt and the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia; Gibbons 1993). Compilations of long-term records of past variability can help reduce the uncertainties on past, present and future climate changes, and thus support informed societal decisions. Therefore, policymakers should (and some may argue, must) consider the long-term perspective provided by paleoscience research.



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DOI 10.22498/pages.25.2.101

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Plumpton, H. , Dearing Crampton-Flood, E. , Gowan, E. J. and Dassié, E. (2017): Communicating the relevance of paleo research in the current societal environment , Past Global Changes Magazine, 25 (2), p. 101 . doi: 10.22498/pages.25.2.101


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