Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Critical Issues Program Releases Preliminary Results of "Defining Critical Issues" Survey

The Critical Issues program, part of the American Geosciences Institute's (AGI's) Center for Geoscience Education and Public Understanding, has just released the preliminary results of the "Defining Critical Issues"
survey which can be accessed from the Critical Issues program website: 

The majority of responses to the web-based survey were from geoscientists in the post-secondary academic sector, while the number of responses from the public and the decision-making community was substantially smaller. The most frequently mentioned critical issues were climate change, water, energy, environment,
natural hazards, economics, and issues associated with agriculture, food, and soils. When asked to select the highest priority issues, all cohorts chose climate change. Those who described themselves as geoscientists, public, or "other" chose water as the second priority issue, while decision makers considered human population growth to be the second highest priority. Human population growth was ranked as the third highest priority issue by the geoscientist, public, and "other" cohorts. Decision makers were evenly split
between energy, environment, and politics (which includes issues surrounding the political system, governance and regulation, among others) for their third priority issue.

The aim of the web-based survey is to understand how the decision-making community, geoscience community, and the public define the term "critical issue," as well as which critical issues are of top concern to each community.
The survey is deliberately short, broad, and unstructured in order to capture a wide range of responses. The survey, which was launched on November 5, 2013, will officially close on December 31, 2013, and a final report will be published in January 2014. The Critical Issues program especially seeks additional input
from members of the public and decision-making community. The survey can be accessed at 

No comments:

Post a Comment