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Whitepaper #447 submitted to the Planetary Science and Astrobiology Decadal Survey 2023-2032. Topics: field studies; state of the profession
Field work in support of planetary science faces unique safety risks and barriers to entry. We call on NASA and the NSF to foster resilient field teams by requiring safety plans, providing training, developing codes of conduct, supporting early career field experiences, engaging with local communities, and updating NASA safety regulations.