The semester is already kicking my ass, but I have a quick hypothetical situation for your ponderation this morning.
The situation involves field work for your project, whether you be a PI with funding for an individual project, a grad student who has secured some funds to complete a project, or whatever. Anyone who has done field work knows that there is always a nature component to the work and my question today revolves around how much that controls what you do.
You've arrived at your field site and the conditions are not ideal. Weather has kicked up that makes the work you are planning a little more dangerous than the expected conditions. While you would not be prevented from doing the work, the added elements give you pause. You've spent the budgeted funds available to make the trip and the samples/data are critical to the work you proposed. Because your work is seasonally dependent, you would have to wait until next year to collect these data if you opt out of the work this time, assuming you could scrape the funds together to make the trip again.
What do you do?