EDITORIAL

A community for disaster science

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Science  03 Apr 2015:
Vol. 348, Issue 6230, pp. 11
DOI: 10.1126/science.aab2091

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Summary

During disasters such as the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, engaging the expertise of the academic community helped responders make critical decisions. A major barrier to such engagement, however, is the cultural gap between academia's reward system and that which prevails in the disaster response community. Given the importance of developing smart approaches to disasters, whether natural or human-caused, we need to bridge this gap.