Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute

Mark Abbott, Ph.D

Oregon State University

The Ocean Sciences in 2020: Thinking about Internal and External Forces



Wednesday — July 21, 2010
Pacific Forum — 3:00 p.m.

Ocean science in the US is undergoing profound changes in its scientific directions, its technical underpinnings, and its organizational structures. Many of these changes have been underway for decades (such as the increasing dependence on funding from the National Science Foundation coupled with a decreasing dependence on the Office of Naval Research, and the decline in availability of ship-days for research) whereas others are only now emerging (such as the increasing interest in research on the Earth as a system and new technologies such as gliders and ocean observatories). In January 1959, the US Navy released its report, “Ten Years in Oceanography,” which outlined an ambitious plan for federal investments in basic research. I will consider the changes in our science over the last fifty years and speculate as to what the next decade may bring. Will we respond as passive participants or will we assume leadership for our future?


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