Information Needs and Research Priorities
The U.S. Global Research Plan (Committee on Earth Sciences, 1989) and the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP, 1988) were created to assess the effects of global climate change but have not been able to devote much attention to the consequences climate change will have on human health and welfare. Although researchers and policy makers recognize that climate change will have complex effects on resources (Fig. 1), in general, the social and medical sciences have not received appropriate national attention under the banner of global change. To address this imbalance, the public health research community needs to launch a national coordinated effort so that the social and medical sciences are as fully represented as other scientific disciplines. At this time, the social sciences have gained a foothold primarily through policy and socioeconomic analyses, yet little attention is paid to public health. Indeed, funding for public health research is low even in comparison with support for other social sciences.
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