Strategies to build a positive and inclusive Antarctic field work environment

M.S. Karplus*, T.J. Young, S. Anandakrishnan, J.N. Bassis, E.H. Case, A.J. Crawford, A. Gold, L. Henry, J. Kingslake, A.A. Lehrmann, P.A. Montaño, E.C. Pettit, T.A. Scambos, E.M. Sheffield, E.C. Smith, M. Turrin, J.S. Wellner

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To increase inclusivity, diversity, equity and accessibility in Antarctic science, we must build more positive and inclusive Antarctic field work environments. The International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC) has engaged in efforts to contribute to that goal through a variety of activities since 2018, including creating an open-access 'Field and Ship Best Practices' guide, engaging in pre-field season team dynamics meetings, and surveying post-field season reflections and experiences. We report specific actions taken by ITGC and their outcomes. We found that strong and supported early career researchers brought new and important perspectives regarding strategies for transforming culture. We discovered that engaged and involved senior leadership was also critical for expanding participation and securing funding to support efforts. Pre-field discussions involving all field team members were particularly helpful for setting expectations, improving sense of belonging, describing field work best practices, and co-creating a positive work culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-131
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Glaciology
Issue number87-89
Early online date11 Jul 2023
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jul 2023


  • Antarctic glaciology
  • Atmosphere/ice/ocean interactions
  • Climate change


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