Ocean science needs more funding

January 23, 2015
An early morning beach goer looks out over the Atlantic Ocean on September 11, 2009 near the Kennedy Space Center in Florida

Facing critical dangers like rising seas and the impact of climate change on marine life, US scientists need more funding in the next decade, officials said Friday.

A new report from the National Research Council is calling for cuts in money spent on infrastructure and more cash devoted to basic scientific research from 2015-2025.

Undertaken at the request of the National Science Foundation's Division of Ocean Sciences (OCE), the report also identifies eight priority research areas.

These include more research on how will impact the , and improved forecasting of tsunamis and earthquakes—which along with other will become more frequent as the planet warms.

"From 2000 to 2014, OCE's annual budgets have not kept pace with the rising costs of operating and maintaining , including the fleet of academic research vessels, scientific ocean drilling facilities, and the Ocean Observatories Initiative," the report stated.

"As a consequence, the increase in costs has led to a substantial decline in funding for core research programs and therefore less support for investigators."

The report's eight research priorities were narrowed down by how much impact they would have on society, their transformative potential, readiness and partnership potential with other agencies.

Other priorities included an examination of the role of biodiversity in marine ecosystem resilience, and how the characteristics of the sub seafloor environment affects our understanding of the origin and evolution of life.

"The next decade and beyond should be a time of opportunity and progress in science, with advances that benefit the societal and economic goals not only of our nation but also the world," said committee co-chair Shirley Pomponi, executive director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology.

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Science Officer
1 / 5 (5) Jan 23, 2015
Don't forget the vital research on Sasquatch, Ancient Aliens and the Loch Ness Monster, too.
Maggnus
4.2 / 5 (5) Jan 24, 2015
It's great that there is a call for additional studies of something that covers more than 2/3's of this planet and has been showing signs significant anomalies.

It's equally too bad that certain anti-scientific scum bags think that studying something as important to the Earth as its oceans equates to studying some fictional entities.

How to respond to such obvious bias and hate is another question. Stupidity personified.
Canute
5 / 5 (2) Jan 24, 2015
The seas and oceans cover the majority of the earth's surface, they absorb 84% of the incoming energy from the sun. The ocean conveyors transport heat around the globe - the air in northern Europe is as warm as it is because of ocean currents NOT carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere. Knowing more about how heat is conveyed round the world would serve us all well
ryggesogn2
2 / 5 (3) Jan 24, 2015
It's equally too bad that certain anti-scientific scum bags think that studying something as important to the Earth as its oceans equates to studying some fictional entities


It's too bad socialist science scum want to plunder the wealth of others for themselves.

Are the AGWites trying to find the hiding heat?

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