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GLIN==> Charting the Course-PUBLIC COMMENT-JSOST national ocean research priorities


Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States:  Research
Priorities for the Next Decade

The public comment period is now OPEN for Charting the Course for Ocean
Science in the United States: Research Priorities for the Next Decade, a
draft document that outlines the national ocean research priorities for
the United States for the next ten years. All interested parties are
encouraged to review the document and provide input during this 45 day
public comment period (scheduled to close October 20, 2006).


Called for in the U.S. Ocean Action Plan and developed by the Joint
Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology, this draft document, along
with a follow-on Implementation Strategy, will describe a vision for
U.S. ocean science and technology, highlight key areas of interaction of
our society and the ocean, and identify critical ocean research
priorities for these areas.

Public briefings on the national ocean research priorities are being
held throughout the country over the next few months. Town hall meetings
and panels will also be held at several conferences. A list of public
briefings and meetings with venue details is located at:


Members from the research community, ocean educators, government
representatives (federal, state, tribal, and local), industry groups,
international representatives, non-governmental organizations, and any
interested individuals are invited provide comments and attend the

For more information, contact:
Shelby E. Walker, JSOST Project Manager
USGCRP/CCSP Office, 1717 Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 250, Washington, DC
T:202-419-3464; F:202-223-3064; e-mail:swalker@usgcrp.gov