Outdoor research is vital to those who study the environment, nature, and animals in the wild. Outdoor research may consist of experiments, basic and applied research methods, and laboratory testing. Especially important is the field of outdoor research as it pertains to environmental science.
Environmental science is the study of how our world works, the relationship between humans and the world around them, and how to better use our world's resources. Many of these areas require outdoor research to be conducted, as the very nature of environmental science requires the questioning, discovery, and exploration of the outdoors. Another area that takes great advantage of outdoor research includes the scientific branch of Ecology. Studying ecosystems requires tremendous outdoor research, as the very nature of Ecology is based upon the interaction between life forms and the planet. Basically to make it easier to understand, Environmental Science is the study of how human life interacts and affects the environment and Ecology is the study of how living organisms interact and affect the environment. However, both of these fields require the investigation and exploratory studies of physical, chemical, and biological components and their interactions and affect upon the earth and life forms that live here.
Any of these fields, when narrowed down, will consist of outdoor research. Whether you are focusing on pollution, engineering to create a better-planned water system, or studying the diversity of animals in the rainforest, outdoor research will come into play. All scientific research is based upon the Scientific Method. The Scientific Method is a map that defines research from the first step of coming up with a topic, to proving or disproving a theory as fact or fiction. Every area of outdoor research will be based upon the Scientific Method and basic research methods that are inherent to conducting scientific testing.