Contribution of Anthropology to the Study of Climate Change

Barnes, Jessica, Michael R. Dove, Myanna Lahsen, Andrew Mathews, Pamela McElwee, Roderick McIntosh, Frances Moore, Jessica O'Reilly, Ben Orlove, Rajendra Puri, Harbey Weiss, Karina Yager. Contributions of Anthropology to The Study of Climate Change. Nature Climate Change 3: 541-544, doi:10.1038/ncli

4 Pages Posted: 30 May 2013 Last revised: 2 Oct 2017

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Jessica Barnes

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science

Michael R Dove

Yale University

Myanna Lahsen

INPE

Andrew Mathews

University of California, Santa Cruz - Division of Social Sciences

Pamela McElwee

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway

Roderick McIntosh

Yale University - Department of Anthropology

Frances Moore

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University

Jessica O'Reilly

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU)

Ben Orlove

School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University MC 3323

Rajindra Puri

University of Kent at Canterbury - School of Anthropology and Conservation

Harvey Weiss

Yale University

Karina Yager

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Date Written: May 29, 2013

Abstract

Understanding the challenge that climate change poses and crafting appropriate adaptation and mitigation mechanisms requires input from the breadth of the natural and social sciences. Anthropology's in-depth fieldwork methodology, long engagement in questions of society – environment interactions and broad, holistic view of society yields valuable insights into the science, impacts and policy of climate change. Yet the discipline's voice in climate change debates has remained a relatively marginal one until now. Here, we identify three key ways that anthropological research can enrich and deepen contemporary understandings of climate change.

Keywords: Anthropology, Scientific community, Social sciences

Suggested Citation

Barnes, Jessica and Dove, Michael R and Lahsen, Myanna and Mathews, Andrew and McElwee, Pamela and McIntosh, Roderick and Moore, Frances and O'Reilly, Jessica and Orlove, Ben and Puri, Rajindra and Weiss, Harvey and Yager, Karina, Contribution of Anthropology to the Study of Climate Change (May 29, 2013). Barnes, Jessica, Michael R. Dove, Myanna Lahsen, Andrew Mathews, Pamela McElwee, Roderick McIntosh, Frances Moore, Jessica O'Reilly, Ben Orlove, Rajendra Puri, Harbey Weiss, Karina Yager. Contributions of Anthropology to The Study of Climate Change. Nature Climate Change 3: 541-544, doi:10.1038/ncli, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2271737 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2271737

Jessica Barnes

Yale University - Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Science ( email )

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Michael R Dove

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Myanna Lahsen

INPE ( email )

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Andrew Mathews

University of California, Santa Cruz - Division of Social Sciences ( email )

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Pamela McElwee

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - New Brunswick/Piscataway ( email )

Roderick McIntosh

Yale University - Department of Anthropology ( email )

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Frances Moore

Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, Stanford University ( email )

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Jessica O'Reilly

College of Saint Benedict (CSB) and Saint John's University (SJU) ( email )

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School of International and Public Affairs Columbia University MC 3323 ( email )

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Rajindra Puri

University of Kent at Canterbury - School of Anthropology and Conservation ( email )

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Harvey Weiss

Yale University ( email )

New Haven, CT 06520
United States

Karina Yager

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center ( email )

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United States

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