Ocean's Role in Human Health: Expert 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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Increasing Capacity for Stewardship of Oceans and Coasts: A Priority for the 21st Century (2008)

Marine environments support the livelihoods, economies, and quality of life for communities around the world, but growth of coastal populations and increasing demands on marine resources are putting the future of ocean and coastal resources at risk through impacts, such as overfishing, wetland drainage, climate change, and pollution of coastal waters. Given these demands, it is vital to build capacity--the people, the institutions, and th... More >>

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Marine Biotechnology in the Twenty-First Century: Problems, Promise, and Products (2002)

Dramatic developments in understanding the fundamental underpinnings of life have provided exciting opportunities to make marine bioproducts an important part of the U.S. economy. Several marine-based pharmaceuticals are under active commercial development, ecosystem health is high on the public's list of concerns, and aquaculture is providing an ever greater proportion of the seafood consumed, but marine biotechnology has not yet caught th... More >>

From Monsoons to Microbes: Understanding the Ocean's Role in Human Health (1999)

The more humans learn about the ocean, the more that is realized about how critical these vast bodies of water are to human health and well-being. Sometimes the ocean helps humankind, as when a marine organism yields a new medical treatment, and at other times, the ocean poses the threat of coastal storm surges or toxic algal blooms. This report explores the links among physical oceanography, public health, epidemiology, marine biology, an... More >>

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