Guest essay by Eric Worrall
According to researchers Lauren Rickards and James E. M. Watson, scientific researchers are woefully unprepared for the climatic conditions they themselves have predicted.
Science Is Already Being Disrupted by Climate Change, And We’re Woefully Unprepared
CARLY CASSELLA 1 MAR 2020
The climate crisis poses an escalating threat to scientists everywhere and research of all kinds, scientists in Australia are now warning.
“Academics have analysed the climate change preparedness of almost every sector,” the authors write.
“Ironically, this does not include the research sector, about which very little is known when it comes to climate change, despite those involved having privileged access to climate change information.”
Still, perhaps the ultimate irony is when climate research is cancelled because of climate change. In 2017, for instance, a multi-year climate study had to be put on hold for a whole year due to extreme ice conditions on the water.
“Researchers are more accustomed to writing about climate change than adapting their work to it,” the authors acknowledge.
“But as climate change impacts on the research sector become more evident, rapid adaptation is needed.”
…Read more: https://www.sciencealert.com/all-kinds-of-research-are-increasingly-threatened-by-climate-change-australian-scientists-warn
Click here to see WUWT’s 2017 coverage of the tragic case of Arctic scientists forced to abandon their expedition, when the global warming got too thick for their ice breaker.
Let us hope scientists researching global warming in the Arctic ice obtain a more powerful icebreaker, to avoid further disruption to their research.