Geography's profile in public debate "inside the Beltway" and the national academies

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Geographers continue to engage in public debate "inside the Beltway" by participation within and through federal agencies and through the National Research Council. Several examples illustrate the level and kind of this engagement, which has been concentrated on environmental and spatial data and analysis themes. Most professional geographers have the opportunity to engage in this form of public debate through participation in the activities of the National Research Council. The level of this participation has been surprisingly strong, given the small size of the community of professional geographers, and has helped to shape both U.S. and international research agendas relevant to geographic research. Participation, however, is concentrated in a few programs and individuals, raising questions about the sustainability of geography's voice in this public activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)462-467
Number of pages6
JournalProfessional Geographer
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2005
Externally publishedYes


  • Environment
  • International research
  • National Research Council
  • Spatial analysis
  • Spatial data
  • U.S. policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Earth-Surface Processes


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