The Risk Assessment Paradigm
Risk assessment consists of four elements:
ization can most effectively be accomplished by linked research using some model that provides pooled resources from all these agencies.
Despite the absence of existing institutional mechanisms to support research activity at the interface of earth science and public health, a base level of collaborative research exists primarily as a consequence of individual scientists establishing research partnerships and individual program managers in a variety of agencies identifying the strong merits of such research and providing support. It is also clear that there is a considerable amount of existing research activity in both the earth science and public health fields that is being carried out without knowledge or communication of potentially complementary research “across the divide.” the committee suggests that, for there to be substantial and systemic advances in interdisciplinary interaction, a formal multiagency collaboration support system needs to replace the existing ad hoc nature of collaborations. Within this context, and despite wariness about proposing yet another bureaucratic structure, the committee believes that a useful contribution would be to suggest a multitiered hierarchical management and coordination mechanism by which the relevant funding agencies could interact to promote communication and collaboration.