Strategies to build a positive and inclusive Antarctic field work environment
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To increase inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility in Antarctic science, we must build more positive and inclusive Antarctic field work environments. The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) has engaged in efforts to contribute to that goal through a variety of activities since 2018, including creating an open-access 'Field and Ship Best Practices' guide, engaging in pre-field season team dynamics meetings, and surveying post-field season reflections and experiences. We report specific actions taken by ITGC and their outcomes. We found that strong and supported early career researchers brought new and important perspectives regarding strategies for transforming culture. We discovered that engaged and involved senior leadership was also critical for expanding participation and securing funding to support efforts. Pre-field discussions involving all field team members were particularly helpful for setting expectations, improving sense of belonging, describing field work best practices, and co-creating a positive work culture.
Karplus , M S , Young , T J , Anandakrishnan , S , Bassis , J N , Case , E H , Crawford , A J , Gold , A , Henry , L , Kingslake , J , Lehrmann , A A , Montaño , P A , Pettit , E C , Scambos , T A , Sheffield , E M , Smith , E C , Turrin , M & Wellner , J S 2023 , ' Strategies to build a positive and inclusive Antarctic field work environment ' , Annals of Glaciology . https://doi.org/10.1017/aog.2023.32
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Copyright © The Author(s), 2023. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of The International Glaciological Society. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.
DescriptionSupport from National Science Foundation (NSF: Grants 1738913, 1738896, 1738942, 1738992, 1738896, 1738934) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC: Grants NE/S006788/1, NE/S006605/1, NE/S00677X/1). This research was supported in part by the NOAA cooperative agreement NA17OAR4320101. Logistics provided by NSF-U.S. Antarctic Program and NERC-British Antarctic Survey. ITGC Contribution No. ITGC-084.
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