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Planning the Infrastructure for US Academic Ocean Observation and Exploration over the Next Two Decades—An NSF Perspective

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NSF has been involved in the design and construction of vessels that support academic oceanographic research as well as in their maintenance and operation since the sixties. As we look to the future, the academic fleet will face new challenges set by the evolving research agendas of that community. Rapid changes in technology and the drive to make continuous global ocean observations will have a significant impact on the fleet. Developing a long-range fleet plan, taking into account future science and federal budgetary trends, can help keep the community, the government and the fleet on course for the future.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2001

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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