On January 8th, 2003, the NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental
Research and Education introduced their report, Complex Environmental
Systems: Synthesis for Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century.
The report presents a ten-year outlook for environmental research
and education and argues that we need to develop environmental
synthesis to frame integrated interdisciplinary research
questions and activities to merge data, approaches, and ideas
across spatial, temporal, and societal scales.
Electronic copies of both the full (68 page) and summary reports
are available in Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format:
To request hard copies of the reports, please send an e-mail
to firstname.lastname@example.org and
include your name and address.
For purposes of report citation, please use: Pfirman, S. and the
AC-ERE 2003, Complex Environmental Systems: Synthesis for
Earth, Life, and Society in the 21st Century, A report summarizing
a 10-year outlook in environmental research and education for
the National Science Foundation, 68 pp.
Occasional Papers and Related Reports
As we move forward with implementing the Outlook, we
will periodically publish papers on research directions and related