Some of the first-generation climate science integrators provide insights about how to train the next generations. They have also provided details and put a human face on the general principles for developing usable science through their practical guidance on the personal characteristics and practices that aspiring integrators should cultivate in order to work successfully with decision-makers. They have offered tangible ideas for the types of training that will help cultivate new climate science integrators. The integrators pointed out that while recognition of the importance of the role of science integrators and demand for their services are growing, as well as interest in doing this type of work among undergraduate and graduate students, there is a lack of awareness in academia of job opportunities and of a career path to follow. They also feel that within the federal organizations designed to facilitate science-stakeholder interactions, such as the NOAA RISA system, there is limited funding for integrator positions. They also anticipate that more employment will become available in the private sector as the need for adaptation to climate change becomes more widely recognized.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Atmospheric Science