Report Now Available

DSOS Cover imageFrom monitoring coastal sea level rise to exploring subseafloor microbial communities, there has been a remarkable surge in understanding the ocean and its processes over the past several years.

With input from the ocean sciences community, the National Research Council report Sea Change: 2015-2025 Decadal Survey of Ocean Sciences identifies eight strategic research priorities for the next decade that will continue to advance scientific understanding of the ocean. It also assesses the infrastructure needed to support this research, and makes recommendations for aligning current and planned infrastructure and budgets with science priorities in order to reach research goals.

The report is available for free download here. You can also download a short summary of the report.

NSF Response to “Sea Change”

On May 11, the National Science Foundation’s Division of Ocean Sciences responded to the report. The full reply can be read here. An excerpt follows:

“Sea Change’s Recommendations will result in the desired portfolio rebalancing. Accordingly, we endorse, with a few exceptions as noted in this communication, Sea Change’s Recommendations 1-8 and are proceeding with implementation plans.”


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