GEOG 4173: Research Seminar Assignment One: Find and Report on an Example Research Paper You must select, read, and analyze a research paper from a peer-reviewed journal. Consider my sample, or find your own, but then please get your choice approved by me first! Be prepared to present a 10 minute assessment (one or two PPT slides) of the paper in class: 1. What is the universal question? 2. What were the research question, main points, how did the author address them, what did the author conclude? 3. Explication: how did the authors organize and present the research? 4. What special qualities struck you: How were the: illustrations, implications, writing style, etc. 5. What additional research, gaps to be filled, or next steps did the authors suggest OR that you can discern? I have copies of several papers that I think nicely illustrate different forms of academic research conduct and writing, and propose that some of you chose one of these papers: Synthesis: Lenton TM, Hermann H, Kreigler E, Hall J, Lucht W, Rahmtorf S, Schellnhuber HJ (2008) Tipping elements in the Earth’s climate system. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 105:1786-1793. Travis WR (2010) Going to extremes: propositions on the social response to extreme climate change. Climatic Change 98:1-19. DOI 10.1007/s10584-009-9661-8 Meta-Analysis: Ford JD, Berrang-Ford L, Paterson J (2011) A systematic review of observed climate change adaptation in developed nations. Climatic Change 106(2):327-336. Conceptual/Theoretical: Folke C, Carpenter SR, Walker BH, Scheffer M, Chapin III FS, Rockström J (2010) Resilience thinking: Integrating resilience, adaptability and transformability. Ecology and Society 15(4):20. Testing a Hypothesis/Argument with data: Yan Song and Gerrit-Jan Knapp, 2004: “Measuring urban form: is Portland winning the war on sprawl?” Journal of the American Planning Association 70: 210-225. Assessment: John C. Schmidt; Robert H. Webb; Richard A. Valdez; G. Richard Marzolf; Lawrence E. Stevens (1998) “Science and Values in River Restoration in the Grand Canyon.” BioScience, Vol. 48, No. 9, pp. 735-747. Case Study in Review Context: Kates, R.W., Colten, C.E., Laska,S., and Leatherman, S.P. (2006) Reconstruction of New Orleans after Huricane Katrina: A research perspective. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 103: 14653-14660. Hypothesis formulation: Pielke, Jr., R.A. (2007) Future economic damage from tropical cyclones: sensitivities to societal and climate changes. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A, 365: 2717-2729. Classic Literature Review: Sorensen, J. H. (2000) Hazard warning systems: Review of 20 years of progress. Natural Hazards Review 1: 119– 125. Data Analysis: Westerling, A.L., Hidalgo, H.G., Cayan, D.R., and Swetnam, T.W. (2006) Warming and earlier spring increase western U.S. forest wildfire activity.” Science 313: 940 – 943. Conceptual/Research Framing: Moser S, Ekstrom JA (2010) A framework to diagnose barriers to climate change adaptation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 6 December, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007887107.