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Science Priorities for the Human Dimensions of Global Change
yield of possible research programs, and (g) ways for setting priorities among scientific information in terms of its practical usefulness.
RELATION TO INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH
There is currently no comparable international research effort. There are, however, decision scientists in most of the Western democracies and the former Soviet bloc who could conduct comparable research. An international effort would help in judging research priorities in terms of the needs of foreign, international, and transnational decision makers.
At least initially, this research should be done in interdisciplinary teams, involving both natural and social scientists, with the latter in a lead role. A strong argument can be made for much of this research to be conducted by groups in individual institutions with long-term support because of the difficulty of creating a comprehensive perspective on the decisions being studied, as well as a common language among the participants. There would also be possibilities for smaller investigator-initiated projects. Each might pursue issues that are neglected by the larger teams, fundamental research topics that have emerged from them, and applications in new domains. In the interests of transfer of technology, researchers involved in major research projects should develop working relationships with relevant agency personnel.