NSF looks ahead with basic ocean research

Timothy Killeen, Julie Morris

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The National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US is planning to launch five to seven new Science and Technology Centers (STC) in 2009 to solve frontier problems of national and global importance by developing innovative partnerships among scientific disciplines and with industry as part of its basic ocean research. The initiative is aimed to increase the understanding related to the Earth's water cycle and on climate-driven aspects of disruptive environmental events such as hurricanes and severe storms. NSF has contributed significantly to the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program through the conversion and upgrade of a light drillship to complement Japan's heavy drillship and other platforms provided by European nations. The Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) is also funding NSF's support for the Ocean Research Priorities Plan, which emphasizes designing innovative ecosystem sensors, studying the Atlantic meridional overturning circulation, comparatively analyzing marine ecosystems, and examining persistent forcing and extreme events in coastal ecosystems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages4
Specialist publicationSea Technology
StatePublished - Jan 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ocean Engineering


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