Nuclear and Radiation Studies: 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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River Basins and Coastal Systems Planning Within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (2004)

The emphasis of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' water resources projects is changing. Projects are moving away from traditional civil works construction and increasing their focus on maintenance, operation, habitat restoration and rehabilitation, and recreation. Today, successful water project planning requires an integrated systems approach capable of balancing all relevant issues and identifying unintended consequences or cumulative effects... More >>

Review of NASA's Solid-Earth Science Strategy (2004)

The report reviews NASA's solid-earth science strategy, placing particular emphasis on observational strategies for measuring surface deformation, high-resolution topography, surface properties, and the variability of the earth s magnetic and gravity fields. The report found that NASA is uniquely positioned to implement these observational strategies and that a number of agency programs would benefit from the resulting data. In particular, th... More >>

Flash Flood Forecasting Over Complex Terrain: With an Assessment of the Sulphur Mountain Radar in Southern California (2004)

The nation's network of more than 130 Next Generation Radars (NEXRADs) is used to detect wind and precipitation to help National Weather Service forecasters monitor and predict flash floods and other storms. This report assesses the performance of the Sulphur Mountain NEXRAD in Southern California, which has been scrutinized for its ability to detect precipitation in the atmosphere below 6000 feet. The report finds that the Sulphur Mountai... More >>

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Future Needs in Deep Submergence Science: Occupied and Unoccupied Vehicles in Basic Ocean Research (2004)

Deep-diving manned submersibles, such as Alvin, which gained worldwide fame when researchers used it to reach the wreck of Titanic, have helped advance scientific understanding of the deep ocean. Many scholars in this field, however, have noted that the number and capabilities of today's underwater vehicles no longer meet current and expected scientific demand. At the same time, the relative value of manned and unmanned vehicles is ofte... More >>

Where the Weather Meets the Road: A Research Agenda for Improving Road Weather Services (2004)

Snow, rain, fog, ice and other inclement weather greatly impair road conditions and contribute to 1.5 million accidents each year. Many parallel advances in transportation and meteorology--such as in-vehicle communication systems and improved storm tracking --could be brought together into new services that help drivers and roadway managers make better decisions in adverse weather. The report recommends that the Federal Highway Administratio... More >>

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