Opportunities and Actions for Ocean Science and Technology (2022-2028)   [open pdf - 743KB]

From the Executive Summary: "As a maritime Nation, the United States relies heavily on healthy and resilient ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes ecosystems. 'Science and Technology for America's Oceans: A Decadal Vision' identified pressing research needs and areas of opportunity within the Ocean science and technology (S&T) enterprise for the decade 2018-2028. Each of the goals identified relies on, and contributes to, three cross-cutting themes: (1) Climate Change, (2) Resilient Ocean S&T Infrastructure, and (3) a Diverse and Inclusive BlueWorkforce, all of which include connections to racial justice and equity. While the Decadal Vision lists a series of priorities to advance the U.S. Ocean S&T enterprise, this document includes additional priorities related to each of the three cross-cutting themes. The outlined priorities within each theme are intended to guide the development of future Federal ocean research implementation plans within each agency. This document also presents six immediate opportunities for ocean solutions and collaborative efforts: (1) Facilitate offshore wind energy development; (2) Coordinate coastal resilience efforts; (3) Conserve and protect critical ecosystems through the America the Beautiful initiative effort to conserve at least 30% of U.S. land and ocean by 2030; (4) Explore implementation of blue carbon solutions; (5) Support the National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization (NOMEC) plan; and (6) Engage in the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development."

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