About Thriving Earth Exchange

Our Mission

Thriving Earth Exchange helps volunteer scientists and community leaders work together to use science, especially Earth and space science, to tackle community issues and advance local priorities related to natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change. By 2019, Thriving Earth Exchange will launch 100 partnerships, engage over 100 AGU members, catalyze 100 shareable solutions, and improve the lives of 10 million people. Through the Thriving Earth Exchange, local leaders and Earth and space scientists will create resilient communities that enrich the Earth. Working together, we will create solutions for the planet, one community at a time.


Understanding Community Science


Local Priorities

In community science, we start with the things communities want to tackle. Conversations, projects and actions are directed by local priorities, values and goals. Local context and priorities are the basis for determining the most relevant science skills to bring to a project to make an impact.


Community science depends on combining expertise from within and outside of science. Thriving Earth Exchange brings Earth and space scientists to the same table as local experts and regional leaders. Through such collaborations, both science and local knowledge are brought to bear to make communities safer, healthier, and more resilient. 

Concrete Impact

Community science produces local impact and will result in a physical, institutional, or knowledge-based change in the community. Community science has ripple effects: it can change the ways scientists approach research, alter public perception of science, and generate solutions that can be shared by many different communities. 


Approved by the Thriving Earth Exchange Advisory Board in January 2018, the Thriving Earth Exchange Statement on Integrity in Community Science is intended to be a foundation for community science projects launched through Thriving Earth Exchange. It is also a reference for anyone interested in doing community science. It also serves as a framework for identifying shared values at the start of a collaboration. Many cultural traditions and a growing body of research suggest that articulating shared values and responsibilities at the start of a cooperative project improves outcomes and impact.

Community science depends on creating and sustaining partnerships that harvest the benefits of many perspectives. Thriving Earth Exchange hopes to inspire the larger scientific community and encourage strong and expanded collaboration between communities and scientists.