ITGC Field and Ship Best Practices

Solar eclipse in December 2021. Photo by Chad Naughton

ITGC's Field and Ship Best Practices document describes recommendations for best practices for field- and ship-based scientific campaigns in Antarctica, undertaken as part of the International Thwaites Glacier Collaboration (ITGC). Its intended audience is all members of the ITGC’s field and ship teams, regardless of career-stage, role in the team, seniority, or previous experience. These best practices are based on evidence from the behavioral science and psychology literature and intended as suggestions to help teams improve the climate of their field and ship teams. One overarching goal of providing these recommendations is to improve the diversity of field- and ship-going science teams by creating a safe and welcoming environment for everyone, but particularly those from groups historically marginalized in field- and ship-based science. This will be a living document that will be updated as best practices are refined throughout the ITGC. The document suggests how to define the structure of the team and what you can do before and after deployment to foster a good team climate.

The document is available on github for review and contributions, and we welcome comments and open discussion of these values across the polar science community.

The document was released in November 2021.