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Results from the Geoscience COVID-19 study

Monday, June 29, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleague,

This data brief provides insights from the most recent results from the Geoscience COVID-19 study regarding impacts to research activities during Spring 2020 from the COVID-19 pandemic. The most common impacts to research and project activities included deferring research activities to a later time and changing the mode of the research activities to utilize virtual or computational activities, or to literature review and writing activities. Cancellation of planned research and projects was more common among post-doctoral fellows and students than among other cohorts.

Although impacts to research and project activities were reported by all cohorts, with nearly half or more of those in higher education reporting multiple impacts, a higher percentage of non-academic geoscientists and students reported no impacts to their research and project activities during Spring 2020 than other cohorts.

Deferring fieldwork and lab-based research activities to a later time was one of the most common impacts in Spring 2020. However, for students, cancellation of fieldwork was more common than deferral, and nearly three-quarters of students had lab-based activities cancelled. Non-academic geoscientists had the highest percentage of respondents reporting no impacts to field or lab-based activities.

We will continue to provide current snapshots on the impacts of COVID-19 on the geoscience enterprise throughout the year. For more information, and to participate in the study, please visit:

Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation (Award #2029570). The results and interpretation of the survey are the views of the American Geosciences Institute and not those of the National Science Foundation.

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