Disaster Management and Homeland Security: Consensus Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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The National Weather Service Modernization and Associated Restructuring: A Retrospective Assessment (2011)

Report in Brief >> During the 20th century, the National Weather Service was unable to keep up with the pace of technological advances and as a result was nearly obsolete by the 1980s. Between 1989 and 2000, the nation invested an estimated $4.5 billion to modernize and restructure the National Weather Service. Efforts to modernize the National Weather Service succeeded in achieving major improvements for the weather enterprise. This repor... More >>

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Research in the Life Sciences with Dual Use Potential: An International Faculty Development Project on Education About the Responsible Conduct of Science (2011)

Education is key to engaging the life sciences community in efforts to recognize and mitigate potential misuse of scientific research. As centers for innovative research colleges and universities are where future scientists receive their introduction to the norms of scientific conduct. Thus, they are especially important for educating faculty, postdoctoral researchers, graduate and undergraduate students, and technical staff about research wit... More >>

Renewable Fuel Standard: Potential Economic and Environmental Effects of U.S. Biofuel Policy (2011)

Report in Brief >>Biofuels offer an alternative to petroleum-based fuels. Interest in biofuels stems from their potential to improve U.S. energy security because they are produced from renewable domestic sources and from their potential to provide life-cycle greenhouse-gas benefits compared to fossil fuels. The Renewable Fuel Standard, which is a subtitle of the Energy Independence and Security Act enacted by Congress in 2007, mandates that 3... More >>

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Acute Exposure Guideline Levels for Selected Airborne Chemicals: Volume 10 (2011)

At the request of the Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Research Council has reviewed the relevant scientific literature compiled by an expert panel and established Acute Exposure Guideline Levels (AEGLs) for several chemicals. AEGLs represent exposure levels below which adverse health effects are not likely to occur and are useful in responding to emergencies, such as accidental or intentional chemica... More >>

Review of Risk Assessment Work Plan for the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Facility at Fort Detrick: A Letter Report (2011)

The U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command plans to construct and operate a new Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation (MCMT&E) facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Maryland. The facility is intended to handle infectious agents that require safety precautions to the extent of animal biosafety level-3 and -4 and biosafety level-3 and -4. These biosafety levels describe laboratory practices and techniques, safety equipment, an... More >>