⇒ ICES: International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
A new program, where opportunities exist to investigate unexplored areas of the ocean, is needed to facilitate rapid discovery and implementation of previously unknown information. This report argues that a new large-scale, multidisciplinary ocean exploration program would increase the pace of discovery of new species, ecosystems, energy sources, seafloor features, pharmaceutical products, and artifacts, as well as improve understanding of the role oceans play in climate change.
It recommends that such a program should be run by a nonfederal organization and should encourage international participation. Consensus Report.
Exploration and Utilization of the Seas
Get the Report. Key Messages Access to standard and new technology, including commercially available equipment and technology that is not used for and by research institutions, is necessary for an ocean exploration program to succeed.
After exhaustive deliberation, the committee found that an ocean exploration program could be sponsored through NOPP, or through one of the two major supporters of civilian ocean research in the nation: NOAA or NSF. Currently ocean science funding in the United States is predominantly awarded to research in specific disciplines, such as biological, physical or chemical oceanography. Proposals for interdisciplinary work are hampered by a funding bureaucracy that is also discipline-based. This should also include scientific input to technological developments to ensure sustainable exploration and exploitation see also Strategic Area 2: Technology and Sensors Development.
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Background Timeline Reference documents. Toolkit Types of Actions Cross-cutting enablers Research infrastructure database.
Why We Must Explore the Sea | Science | Smithsonian
Rationale Deep-sea ecosystems are some of the most fragile and little understood on Earth. Activities Coordinate efforts to undertake a high resolution, multi-beam survey and habitat distribution and develop fit for purpose equipment for the deep-sea. The mapping effort will be combined with research on deep-sea ecosystems and habitats. This will develop a better understanding of the impacts of exploitation of deep-sea resources and provide guidance for environmental impact assessments.
Timescale Short term To establish a framework towards seabed and habitat mapping; combining mapping of geology, resources and biodiversity, defining a geographic scope, identifying integrated study sites to focus relevant data collection as well as relevant infrastructures and their limitations. Long term Create a reference map of the deep-sea through international collaboration, designed for scientists, policy makers, industry, and society.