Some reflections on the role of the scientific advisory panel to the Marshall Islands nationwide radiological study.
As a consequence of the U.S. Atomic Weapons Testing Program in the Trust Territory of the Pacific, now the Republic of the Marshall Islands, numerous scientists have advised the Marshallese on matters of radiation and radioactive contamination.
Some of the previous advice has appeared to vary or conflict resulting in consequent uncertainty for the people.
In a new initiative in 1989, the RMI Government engaged a five member multi-disciplinary Scientific Advisory Panel to oversee the assessment of, and to advise on, the radiological status of the entire nation.
The formation of the Panel was accompanied by the establishment of a Resident Scientist position, and ultimately a small scientific team and laboratory on Majuro.
The nationwide radiological study was conducted using ground survey methods over the period 1990-1994.
Tasks undertaken by the Panel included formulating reasonable objectives for the study and attempting to establish effective communication and understanding of issues with political leaders and RMI Government agencies and people, as well as advising on and monitoring the scientific integrity of the study itself.
The attempt was also made to initiate investigations to address matters of concern that emerged. (...)
Mots-clés Pascal : Marshall, Micronésie, Océanie, Armement nucléaire, Radiocontamination, Recommandation, Politique scientifique, Communication information, Analyse risque, Dose rayonnement, Essai nucléaire
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Oceania, Nuclear weapon, Radioactive contamination, Recommendation, Scientific policy, Information communication, Risk analysis, Radiation dose
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0408155
Code Inist : 002B30A01C. Création : 19/12/1997.