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Changing the Culture of Fieldwork in the Geosciences

Published on: Apr 5, 2023

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With field-based work being an integral part in geoscience research and education, scientists find themselves in situations that can be both empowering and intimidating. These new and unfamiliar surroundings bring concerns for personal safety.  

A. F. Hill, M. Jacquemart, A. U. Gold and Kristy Tiampo developed a Risk Management Workshop for Field Scientists (RMWFS) in academia to change the culture of fieldwork. It provides scientists with a broad set of tools to create more inclusive, safe, and functional field teams. RMWFS adopts established methods from outdoor education and focuses on developing knowledge and interpersonal skills that can help scientists prevent harassment and mitigate conflict situations in isolated field environments. 

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