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By National Research Council, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Ocean Studies Board, Committee to Review the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology's Research Priorities Plan

Ocean examine bargains numerous merits, from enhancing fisheries administration to researching new medications to permitting early detection of tsunamis and hurricanes. on the request of the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean technology and expertise (JSOST), the nationwide study Council convened a committee to check the draft and ultimate models of the sea examine Priorities Plan and Implementation approach defined in "Charting the path for Ocean technology within the usa: study Priorities for the subsequent Decade", which represents the 1st coordinated nationwide ocean examine making plans attempt regarding all federal companies that help ocean science.The plan offers an formidable imaginative and prescient for ocean study that might be of serious gain to the sea sciences group and the state. This e-book includes either units of findings (i.e., the committee's evaluation of the JSOST's draft plan ["A assessment of the Draft Ocean study Priorities Plan: Charting the path for Ocean technological know-how within the United States"] and the assessment of the ultimate plan). This publication recommends that JSOST hire various outreach mechanisms to proceed to have interaction nonfederal companions in ocean study making plans efforts, similar to constructing exterior committees to supply clinical and technical suggestion and to check development on implementation of the learn plan.

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For Task 3b, the committee was asked to assess whether the time frame for attaining the priorities is realistic. Because the 21 longer-term priorities were so broadly stated, the committee finds that it cannot determine how realistic this time frame is without additional information specifying how the priorities will be implemented. RECOMMENDATION: The Ocean Research Priorities Plan should provide a bold and compelling vision for the future of ocean science research. This vision should be placed near the front of the plan and referenced in the discussions of theme priorities.

It is critical to recognize that basic and applied science represent a continuum, not discrete entities. The solid arrow in Figure 3-1 represents how societal goals can drive an applied research agenda, which is highlighted by the ORPP. The dotted arrows represent the nature of the scientific enterprise and the resulting linkages between societal needs and applied and basic science. The presence of these feedbacks illustrates the dependence of one type of scientific endeavor on the other. The committee suggests that the importance of wide-ranging fundamental research, while acknowledged in the plan, could be bolstered.

The committee was also asked to assess whether the plan effectively links proposed science and technology developments to benefits to the nation with regard to quality of life, safety and security, economic growth, environmental sustainability, and education (Task 2). The com- ASSESSMENT OF THE OVERALL PLAN 39 mittee finds that as a result of the use of vague statements to characterize research priorities, the plan does not effectively make these links. For Task 3b, the committee was asked to assess whether the time frame for attaining the priorities is realistic.

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