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Setting a New Course for U.S. Coastal Ocean Science

Final Report of the Subcommittee on U.S. Coastal OceanScience

Phase I: Inventory of Federal Programs

Phase II: The Strategic Framework

 

July 1995

NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL

Committee on Environment and Natural Resources

 


Setting a New Course for U.S. Coastal Ocean Science--Final Report of the Subcommittee onU.S. Coastal Ocean Science was completed in December 1994. The Subcommittee was partof the Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences of the Federal CoordinatingCouncil for Science, Engineering and Technology. This organization was the predecessorof the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources of the National Science andTechnology Council (NSTC). Because "Phase I: Inventory of Federal Programs" and"Phase II: The Strategic Framework" make recommendations for the future coordinationof Federal activity in the coastal ocean, NSTC believes it is important that this Final Reportbe made widely available as a reference for current activity and planning.


THE WHITE HOUSE

Washington

July 5, 1995

Dear Colleague:

I am pleased to release Setting A New Course for U.S. Coastal Ocean Science--Final Report ofthe Subcommittee on U.S. Coastal Ocean Science. The Subcommittee on U.S. Coastal OceanScience (SUSCOS) was part of the Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEES)under the Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology. With theestablishment of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC), announced by PresidentClinton on November 23, 1993, the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (CENR)has assumed many of the responsibilities of CEES. Many of CENR's efforts relate to coastalocean issues. Therefore the SUSCOS Final Report represents a significant building block forCENR's overall efforts.

The report inventories Federal coastal ocean science efforts for 1991-1993 and outlines aframework for improving predictive capabilities for coastal ocean systems that link terrestrial andmarine physical processes, biogeochemical cycles, and the interactions of living resources. Such ascientific predictive capability is required to integrate protection and use of the coastal zone andcoastal ocean resources. The research priorities outlined in the SUSCOS Final Report reflect thedevelopment of a consensus among Federal science agencies, the university community, andnatural resource managers as to national needs.

The publication of the Final Report will provide an information bridge that links previous effortsto coordinate Federal coastal ocean science activities with current ones, and NSTC is pleased tofacilitate its publication.

Sincerely,

[signed]

John H. Gibbons

Assistant to the President for Science and Technology



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