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Walrus in the northern Bering Sea - photo by A. Trites

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Interdisciplinary Science

The use of diverse sciences is critical to addressing natural science issues, not only because of the increasing complexity of demands placed upon the environment, but also the potential effects of a changing climate. Single discipline science is no longer sufficient to address the issues our world faces. Scientists of varied backgrounds and capacities working together are able to exchange ideas, approaches and methods for studying complex processes, and thus are exposed to new and different ways to problem solving. A multidisciplinary approach that involves research from many different backgrounds allows more effective research strategies for inventory, monitoring, and assessment of environmental information, and provides for continued improvements in information, data availability, and data integration. Educators, public and private organizations, the media, and land managers and officials will be better informed through science data and products from this type of problem solving as it provides a more complete understanding of complex systems.

Yellow-billed loon, polar bear and walrus Changing Arctic Ecosystems

Thumbnail image of Kasatochi volcano.Impacts of the 2008 Kasatochi Volcano Eruption
on Terrestrial and Marine Ecosystems

Thumbnail image of Teshekpuk Lake Special Area.DOI on the Landscape

Thumbnail image map representing hazards.Hazards in Alaska

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