Climate Research Priorities for Policy-Makers, Practitioners, and Scientists in Georgia, USA

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For which topic were research priorities identified?


In which location was the research priority setting conducted?

North America - USA

Why was it conducted at all?

Climate change has far-reaching effects on human and ecological systems, requiring collaboration across sectors and disciplines to determine effective responses. To inform regional responses to climate change, decision-makers need credible and relevant information representing a wide swath of knowledge and perspectives.

What was the objective?

to identify the key research questions that, if answered, could lay the groundwork for Georgia to take effective, science-based climate action at the State and local levels

What was the outcome?

a list of 40 research questions

How long did the research prioritization take?

March 2017 - May 2017

Which methods were used to identify research priorities?

survey; workshop

How were the priorities for research identified exactly?

Step 1: survey: soliciting candidate research questions, 180 valid candidate research questions collected. Step 2: workshop: discussing and vetting submitted candidate research questions, small group discussions, closing plenary in which list of 40 important research questions finalized

Which stakeholders took part?

Representatives from Georgia universities, state and municipal government agencies, the private sector, and non-profit organizations. Survey: 132 participants. Workshop: 40 participants.

How were stakeholders recruited?

No information provided.

Were stakeholders actively involved or did they just participate?

Stakeholders not only participated but were also actively involved in the research prioritization process: They were part of a steering group. The steering group consisted of 12 members: representatives from Georgia universities, State and municipal government agencies, the private sector and non-profit organizations. Workshop participants included steering group members.