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Integr Environ Assess Manag. 2016 Oct;12(4):680-2. doi: 10.1002/ieam.1829.

The importance of early investigation and publishing in an emergent health and environment crisis.

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Graduate School of Natural Science and Research Center for Biological Diversity, Nagoya City University, Mizuho-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, Aichi, Japan.


To minimize the damage resulting from a long-term environmental disaster such as the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, early disclosure of research data by scientists and prompt decision making by government authorities are required in place of careful, time-consuming research and deliberation about the consequences and cause of the accident. A Bayesian approach with flexible statistical modeling helps scientists and encourages government authorities to make decisions based on environmental data available in the early stages of a disaster. It is evident from Fukushima and similar accidents that classical research methods involving statistical methodologies that require rigorous experimental design and complex data sets are too cumbersome and delay important actions that may be critical in the early stages of an environmental disaster. Integr Environ Assess Manag 2016;12:680-682.


Bayesian approach; Decision making; Ecological perspective; Fukushima nuclear accident; Rapid data publication

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