A committee of the National Research Council has released a list of questions for the geographical science community in order to identify research priorities for the coming decade. Questions appear below. Read more here.
How to understand and respond to environmental change:
1 • How are we changing the physical environment of Earth’s surface?
2 • How can we best preserve biological diversity and protect endangered ecosystems?
3 • How are climate and other environmental changes affecting the vulnerabilities of coupled human-environment systems?
How to promote sustainability:
4 • Where and how will 10 billion people live?
5 • How will we sustainably feed everyone in the coming decade and beyond?
6 • How does where we live affect our health?
How to recognize and cope with the rapid spatial reorganization of economy and society:
7 • How is the movement of people, goods, and ideas changing the world?
8 • How is economic globalization affecting inequality?
9 • How are geopolitical shifts influencing peace and stability?
How to leverage technological change for the benefit of society and environment:
10 • How might we better observe, analyze, and visualize a changing world?
11 • What are the societal implications of citizen mapping and mapping citizens?