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
Date Written: May 29, 2013
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
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