3. Your affiliation
Oregon State University
4. Your discipline
5. Across all ocean science disciplines, please list 3 important scientific questions that you believe will drive ocean research over the decade.
(1) How do unresolved physical processes limit our ability to predict the base state of the global ocean, its circulation patterns, stratification, heat transports, carbon exchange, etc., and assess future changes of the coupled global ocean-atmosphere system?
(2) How can we use ocean science to help assess the impacts of geo-engineered “solutions” to climate change (ocean acidification, sea level rise, etc.)?
(3) How do we integrate our combined physical understanding of the ocean/atmosphere system to assess seasonal, decadal, and long term changed in the global system (physical, chemical, biological)?
6. Within your own discipline, please list 3 important scientific questions that you believe will drive ocean research over the next decade.
1) What set of observed small-scale processes have the greatest influence on regional and large-scale model predictions?
(2) How do we better parameterize the effects of internal waves and small-scale mixing in large scale coupled models?
(3) Can we better understand the processes by which ocean dynamics affect ice mass? and ice mass/cover affects ocean processes (momentum/heat/freshwater input, internal waves, etc.?)?
7. Please list 3 ideas for programs, technology, infrastructure, or facilities that you believe will play a major role in addressing the above questions over the next decade. Please consider both existing and new technology/facilities/infrastructure/programs that could be deployed in this timeframe. What mechanisms might be identified to best leverage these investments (interagency collaborations, international partnerships, etc.)?
We already have an abundance of top-down, large programs, facilities & ocean observatories that are and will be consuming a large fraction of ocean science resources. What we really need is to continue to maintain a large fraction of ocean sciences funding/resources for individual and/or small groups of PIs who have innovative, unique ideas that need resources for basic science, to perform process experiments etc. guided by inquisitive minds and not part of some bigger, preset agenda.
8. Other comments pertinent to the committee’s charge.