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Volume 23 Issue 12 (December 2013)

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The Need for Geologists in Sustainable Development

Germán Mora*

Director, Environmental Studies Program, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland 21204, USA


The challenges facing our society to become more sustainable are large and require inter- and trans-disciplinary approaches. Although geologists possess specialized problem-solving skills that make us well-suited to help society move toward more sustainable practices, we tend to be underrepresented in relation to other disciplines in national and global debates on sustainable development. This underrepresentation calls for broad-scale educational and professional training opportunities to increase our engagement with these issues, and sustainability science, in particular, provide a means to advance the involvement of geologists in these discussions.

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Manuscript received 26 April 2013; accepted 23 July 2013

doi: 10.1130/GSATG185GW.1