AIMES, in collaboration with the UK, held five Young Scholar’s Network (YSN) workshops. The YSN goal was to foster collaborations among Young Scholars on integrative research to better understand the role of humans in perturbing biogeochemistry and climate, across disciplinary and geographic boundaries
The first was held in concert with the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s (NCAR’s) annual working group meeting in 2005. Participating in the three-day meeting were 52 young scientists from 18 countries (Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany,Ghana,India, Italy, Nigeria, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, and Zimbabwe). While most participants were involved with the biological, chemical, and physical sciences, about one-fourth work on problems involving human decision making (Scholze et al., 2005). In 2006, the second YSN meeting brought together city and urban planners, atmospheric scientists at a joint conference with the Global Carbon Project on Urbanization and interactions with biogeochemistry and climate in Mexico City. In 2008, a follow-on workshop was hosted by Cornell University with AIMES.
The third YSN, in 2007 was held in the UK on land use modeling and decision making. This workshop consisted of land use planners, resource managers, land cover modelers from the climate community with the goal to understand and identify topics that were important to the decision and resource management and the modeling communities (Scholze, 2007).
A fourth YSN was held at NCAR on cultural uses and impacts of fire. Atmospheric scientists, fire resource managers and climate modelers from all over the world all participated in this workshop (Coughlan and Petty 2012, This YSN resulted in a peer-reviewed publication (Petropoulos et al., 2010). Clearly, this would not have happened without the stimulus of the YSN.
The 5th workshop was held in remote Uxeau, Burgundy, FR to understand historical ecology, integrating biophysical and ethnographic evidence at landscape scales. This workshop consisted of historians, ethnographic scientists, atmospheric and climate modelers as well as archaeologists and anthropologists.
The AIMES YSN has been extremely successful in bridging disciplinary and geographic young, and early career scientific and scholarly communities towards the development and future collaboration of trans-disciplinary understanding of Earth system science. All of the AIMES YSN’s required participation from physical, biological and social scientist communities as well as the humanities, especially in the 5th YSN.