Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead
Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead by National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Science for EPA's Future
Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead Author: National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, Committee on Science for EPA's Future
Title: Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead
ISBN: 0309264898
ISBN13: 978-0309264891
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Pages: 250 pages
Publisher: National Academies Press (December 21, 2012)
Language: English
Category: Engineering & Transportation
Size PDF version: 1594 kb
Size EPUB version: 1290 kb
Subcategory: Engineering




In anticipation of future environmental science and engineering challenges and technologic advances, EPA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to assess the overall capabilities of the agency to develop, obtain, and use the best available scientific and technologic information and tools to meet persistent, emerging, and future mission challenges and opportunities. Although the committee cannot predict with certainty what new environmental problems EPA will face in the next 10 years or more, it worked to identify some of the common drivers and common characteristics of problems that are likely to occur.

Tensions inherent to the structure of EPA's work contribute to the current and persistent challenges faced by the agency, and meeting those challenges will require development of leading-edge scientific methods, tools, and technologies, and a more deliberate approach to systems thinking and interdisciplinary science. Science for Environmental Protection: The Road Ahead outlines a framework for building science for environmental protection in the 21st century and identified key areas where enhanced leadership and capacity can strengthen the agency's abilities to address current and emerging environmental challenges as well as take advantage of new tools and technologies to address them. The foundation of EPA science is strong, but the agency needs to continue to address numerous present and future challenges if it is to maintain its science leadership and meet its expanding mandates.