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From global change science to action with social sciences


US efforts to integrate social and biophysical sciences to address the issue of global change exist within a wider movement to understand global change as a societal challenge and to inform policy. Insights from the social sciences can help transform global change research into action.

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Figure 1: The four goals of the National Global Change Research Plan 2012-2021 (ref. 9).
Figure 2: The conceptual framework for understanding the boundary management, science integration and translational activities that connect the fundamental scientific knowledge-base with the need to support decision-making about responses to global change.


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C.P.W. oversaw the project. C.P.W. and S.M. wrote the initial manuscript and oversaw comments and editing. All authors participated in the discussions and contributed comments, edits and intellectual content.

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Weaver, C., Mooney, S., Allen, D. et al. From global change science to action with social sciences. Nature Clim Change 4, 656–659 (2014).

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