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Challenges 2017, 8(2), 18; doi:10.3390/challe8020018

The Lack of Alignment among Environmental Research Infrastructures May Impede Scientific Opportunities

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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), URP3F, 86600 Lusignan, France
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Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Ecosys, 78850 Thiverval-Grignon, France
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Battelle-National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON), 1685 38th Street, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
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Institute of Alpine and Arctic Research (INSTAAR), University of Colorado, Boulder, CO 80301, USA
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Received: 5 June 2017 / Revised: 6 July 2017 / Accepted: 13 July 2017 / Published: 18 July 2017
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Abstract

Faced with growing stakeholder attention to climate change-related societal impacts, Environmental Research Infrastructures (ERIs) find it difficult to engage beyond their initial user base, which calls for an overarching governance scheme and transnational synergies. Forced by the enormity of tackling climate change, ERIs are indeed broaching collaborative venues, based on the assumption that no given institution can carry out this agenda alone. While strategic, this requires that ERIs address the complexities and barriers towards aligning multiple organizations, national resources and programmatic cultures, including science. View Full-Text
Keywords: Environmental Research Infrastructures; climate change; fragmentation; ESFRI; governance; societal challenges Environmental Research Infrastructures; climate change; fragmentation; ESFRI; governance; societal challenges
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Chabbi, A.; Loescher, H.W. The Lack of Alignment among Environmental Research Infrastructures May Impede Scientific Opportunities. Challenges 2017, 8, 18.

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