Report recognizes importance of major ocean programs and promotes interdisciplinary research



A new report on global ocean science concludes that major ocean programs have had an important impact on ocean science. Furthermore saying that the large-scale global and integrative nature of some of the present scientific challenges will require them in the future, the report has recommended creation of a new interdisciplinary unit in the research section of the National Science Foundation's Ocean Sciences Division (NSF/OCE). The unit would encourage interdisciplinary research and manage a broad spectrum of projects. Whatever approach NSF/OCE follows, the report states that it is important to maintain the flexibility to consider a number of options regarding the design and execution of future programs based on the complexity and nature of the scientific challenges they address, and ensure that work conducted by individual investigators in the core disciplines remains healthy.