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Briefing Date:08/10/2011
Topic:Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030 and Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations

THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division on Earth and Life Studies
Ocean Studies Board

Committee on an Ocean Infrastructure Strategy for U.S. Ocean Research in 2030

and

Committee on Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations

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Congressional Briefing
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
190 Ford House Office Bldg. – 10:30 a.m.

on

Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030

This new report from the National Academies identifies major research questions anticipated to be at the forefront of ocean science in 2030, defines categories of infrastructure that should be included in next-generation planning, provides advice on criteria that could be used to set priorities for asset development or replacement, and recommends ways federal agencies could maximize ocean infrastructure investments.

and

Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations

Ocean color satellites have allowed scientists to evaluate the overall health of oceans, which are increasingly threatened by rising temperatures, ocean acidification, pollution, and overfishing. This new report reviews the requirements to sustain global ocean color measurements for research and operational applications and to identify options that minimize a data gap.

This briefing on two recent Ocean Studies Board reports was for members of Congress and congressional staff only. Critical Infrastructure for Ocean Research and Societal Needs in 2030 was publicly released on April 21, 2011 and Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations was publicly released on July 7, 2011. Both reports can be found, in their entireties, on the Web site of the National Academies Press.

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