Bridging the divide between human and physical geography: Potential avenues for collaborative research on climate modeling

Colven E & Thomson M ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5693-0245 (2019). Bridging the divide between human and physical geography: Potential avenues for collaborative research on climate modeling. Geography Compass 13 (2): e12418. DOI:10.1111/gec3.12418.

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Abstract

Despite repeated calls for greater collaboration between physical and human geographers, the unique interdisciplinary potential of geography remains largely underutilized. Yet geographers are well positioned to take a leading role in the interdisciplinary turn in climate‐related research. This paper explores the possibilities for physical and human geographers to collaborate within and beyond the discipline, specifically on the topic of climate modeling. We first examine geographical research critically examining the production and circulation of climate knowledge. Drawing on insights from a recent literature called “Critical Physical Geography,” we then outline how geographers might engage in collaborative and interdisciplinary work in order to promote more democratic practices of producing climate knowledge, enrich understandings of climate change, and more effectively serve goals of social and environmental justice. We argue that both the discipline of geography and the field of climate research stand to gain enormously from geographers' efforts to talk across the divide between social and natural science within and beyond the boundaries of geography.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate, climatology, Environment & Society, knowledge modeling
Research Programs: Ecosystems Services and Management (ESM)
Depositing User: Luke Kirwan
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2018 10:34
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2019 09:03
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/15577

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