Global Change Consulting Consortium, Inc.

Why join one has a passion for positive action on pressing issues of global change, and getting suitably rewarded at the same time. Please see mission statement

A wide variety of expertise is needed in the consortium

        The lists below, at the end of this page, are extensive. They are also found on the page for joining the consortium (on the navigation bar, please select Contact us and then As a member). On that page, the selections are active. Here, they are provided simply as information.

How we operate for consortium members

This plan will evolve further, with experience. The vision at present follows.

        Consortium members sign up to form a pool of expertise

        Clients (corporations, NGOs, agencies) seek us, and we seek clients, for specific studies

Members are encouraged to help find clients and contracts. They will consequently share in the moderate overhead that the GCCC charges its clients.

        The GCCC and the client negotiate the scope and tasks of the study, following which the GCCC polls members for their participation in the tasks (very good match of member expertise to task or tasks, availability to do tasks on schedule required by client, etc.). At this stage, members who review the client’s proposal might comment on improving the proposal, with attendant redefinition of tasks.

        A contract with the client is set, and subcontracts from the GCCC to the chosen members are set. The terms of the subcontracts include task delineation, timelines, and remuneration.

        Work is largely done at one’s home base (institution or home), with minimal travel for joint meetings. We will use Internet technologies for meetings as well as for sharing the developing results. For initial work, Web forms will be the Internet mode. For sustained contact and videoconferencing, we will implement collaborative software such as openfire and clearspace. These products, while not requiring software installation by a member, have significant learning curves and are only worth using for a sustained effort during execution of a contract.

The philosophy of using the distributed resources of the members, vs. amassing similar resources at the GCCC itself, is described in a bit more detail; on the navigation bar on any page, please click on About us and then Resources.

        For each other and for clients, we provide summaries of expertise of each member, via Web forms; from the navigation bar, please click Contact us and then As a member to see the format. Members are also encouraged to submit CVs and contact information, via the same pages, while the degree of release of the information can be specified by each member.

A notional example of a study and how the GCCC may execute it.

A team with appropriate combination of expertise is assembled. Example: State Forester in New Mexico needs to know if and when and where and why forests show water stress, the magnitude of consequent risk of fire or insect outbreak, and estimated adverse effects on surface water flows for both ecological effects and municipal water supplies. The context to date is poorly developed – Are stands overdense from fire suppression? Is the stress within normal bounds? What are such bounds, on annual, decadal, and longer time scales? Are fire regimes normal? To answer such questions, we may gather a team with expertise in ecophysiology, remote sensing, forestry, hydrology, fire ecology…and other disciplines, depending upon the scope of the study and the budget. The GCCC brokers agreements with each team member: Can you agree to do a specified set of tasks on a given schedule for a given remuneration? Once all team members are signed on, the GCCC presents the contract to the client as contractor.

Advantages of the consortium model are several. Foremost is that a flexibly assembled team matches the demands of the task, vs. that a fixed team looks for tasks that are less readily available and more irregularly so.

The contractor gets a good, lean team, and the team members can do their best in their own fields. Another advantage is that consortium members need not give up their “day jobs” for the riskier startup company; the risk resides with the GCCC corporation. Many academics, in particular, have the latitude of doing consulting and often this is explicit in their contracts. Note also that the arrangement offers flexibility to the consortium member in acting as subcontractor. You may engage anyone you wish, including talented students. The corporation has reciprocal advantages in averting many fixed expenses, as well as simplifying accounting and taxation. Consortium members performing the tasks are paid outright and are responsible for their own tax reporting. Commonly, the members are used to such reporting.

The resources needed by the GCCC itself are modest, so that the overhead is minimal. The management of work with Web-based technologies, including databases, makes the GCCC able to scale up greatly without requiring significant extra investment – the same servers and applications work for many contracts as for the initial few.

 

Lists of members' expertises desired in the consortium. Please click on a field to see the list of sub-disciplines on a new page.The list of expertises in this general field is an incomplete one. It does not reflect the full intellectual breadth of the field. Rather, it is a selection of those sub-fields that are likely to be applied in work on global change. If you sense an incompleteness that even applies to global change work, please feel free to contact us.

       The list is not alphabetical. Items are grouped more or less by affinity.

       Also, alternative ways to partition a field are represented – e.g., under ecology, we list terrestrial ecology and marine ecology as part of a division by location of study; we also list physiological ecology and statistical ecology as two different ways of approaching any system. This multiplicity of viewpoints should help each of us to gain a clearer idea of the suite of expertises that any one of us has.

       Some expertises or sub-fields are duplicated in other major headings. Conversely, some expertises are listed only under one heading as primary. Seek and you shall find, we trust.

       Any choice will lead you to the master list, where you can also scroll up and down to other major areas of expertise, without returning to this page.

Agriculture, forestry, aquaculture, food system Biosciences other than ecology & health sciences
Built environment Business
Chemistry and chemical engineering Civil engineering
Climate and atmospheric sciences Communications, non-engineering aspects
Data analysis and modelling Ecology, conservation, biodiversity, and related
Economics Education
Electrical engineering Energy technologies
Extreme events Financial services
Geography Geology and hydrology
Health sciences and health care Information technology
Law Materials science
Mathematics – with a view to applications Measurement technologies
Mechanical engineering Mining, manufacturing
Physics Politics and policy
Pollution & waste management Risk, safety, hazards
Social sciences other than economics Tourism
Water and other natural resources