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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21787.
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Appendix B
Statement of Task

An ad hoc committee will conduct an independent review of the report The Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment. The review will provide an overall critique of the draft report and address the following questions:

  • Does the report meet its stated goals?
  • Is the report responsive to the nation’s needs for information on the health impacts of climate change and their potential implications?
  • Does the report accurately reflect the scientific literature? Are there any critical content areas missing from the report?
  • Are the approaches to quantitative modeling reasonable and adequately supported by existing literature?
  • Are the findings documented in a consistent, transparent, and credible way?
  • Are the report’s key messages and graphics clear and appropriate? Specifically, do they reflect supporting evidence, include an assessment of likelihood, and communicate effectively?
  • Are the research needs identified in the report appropriate?

This study was sponsored by the United States Global Change Research Program, administered by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21787.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2015. Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/21787.
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The U.S. National Climate Assessment identified a number of ways in which climate change is affecting, and is likely to affect, people, infrastructure, natural resources, and ecosystems. Those impacts, in turn, are increasingly having important current and potential future consequences for human health. There is a need to probe more deeply into how climate change impacts on the environment can create environmental stressors that, in turn, are having and/or have the potential to have significant impact on human health in a number of dimensions. In response to this need, the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) has initiated an interagency Scientific Assessment on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States. The Assessment is intended to inform public health authorities, other planning and policy entities, and the general public.

Review of the Draft Interagency Report on the Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States evaluates the scientific basis, findings, and key messages of the USGCRP Draft Assessment. This report offers a number of overarching suggestions on how the USGCRP report authors can enhance their identification and assessment of the science and better communicate their conclusions to all of their target audiences. These recommendations this help the Assessment to play a significant role in continued efforts to examine and explore the impacts of climate change on human health.

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