As pointed out by the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy, “America is a nation intrinsically connected to and immensely reliant on the ocean.” Given the importance of our waterways – including the open ocean, coasts, coastal watersheds, and Great Lakes – to societal well-being, quality of life, and the economy, our research priorities will harness the greatest opportunities to advance our understanding of critical processes and interactions and facilitate responsible use of the ocean environment, and help ensure the health and sustainability of our Nation’s ocean ecosystem for years to come.
The OSTP Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST), under the Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Sustainability of the National Science and Technology Council, is initiating, in coordination with the National Ocean Council, development of an ocean-research plan to lay out priorities for future marine studies: “Ocean Research in the Coming Decade.” The purpose of the Plan is to guide the Nation’s support over the next decade of scientific research, technology, and innovation to further understanding of the ocean and its relationship with society.
The SOST invites all interested parties to provide input relevant to the Nation’s ocean S&T enterprise. Suggestions directed toward how the Plan should be structured and specific topic areas that should be considered for inclusion in the Plan are particularly encouraged.
To provide input, visit https://contribute.globalchange.gov/plan-ocean-research-coming-decade.See the Federal Register Notice for additional information on the public input period, which is open until January 1, 2017.
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