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Information Needs and Research Priorities

  • Michael P. Farrell
  • Paul Kanciruk
  • Frederick M. O’HaraJr.

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Quality Assurance Public Health Issue User Community Public Health Research Public Health Researcher 
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References

  1. Committee on Earth Sciences, 1989. Our Changing Planet: The FY1990 Research Plan. Committee on Earth Sciences, Office of Science and Technology Policy, Federal Coordinating Council on Science, Engineering, and Technology.Google Scholar
  2. International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme, 1988. Toward an Understanding of Global Change. Committee on Global Change, U.S. National Committee for the IGBP, National Academy Press, Wash. D.C., 213 pp.Google Scholar
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© Elsevier Science Publishing Co., Inc 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael P. Farrell
    • 1
    • 2
  • Paul Kanciruk
    • 1
    • 2
  • Frederick M. O’HaraJr.
  1. 1.Environmental Sciences DivisionOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA
  2. 2.The Center for Global Environmental StudiesOak Ridge National LaboratoryOak RidgeUSA

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