The Interaction of Climate and Society

CAKE Authors: Bob Kates
Created: 8/09/2013 -

Published

Abstract

Climate impact assessment is one of a family of interdisciplinary studies that focus on the interaction between nature and society or the study of the human environment. As such it must draw upon theory, methods, and research findings from all the great domains of science: physical, biological, and social-behavioral. While hyphenated science (such as bio-physical, socio-biological) is common along the research frontier, integration of the three domains is rare. Although integration is necessary for nature-society problems, it poses a special challenge to science and scientific workers: to integrate their theory and methods with those of neighboring domains in ways that maintain the common ethos of scientific method.