Marine Environmental Forecasting: Consensus Reports

The division produces 60-70 reports per year. These reports are unique, authoritative expert evaluations. Each report is produced by a committee of experts selected by the Academy to address a particular statement of task and is subject to a rigorous, independent peer review. The experts who volunteer their time participating on study committees are vetted to make sure that the committee has the range of expertise needed to address the task, that they have a balance of perspectives, and to identify and eliminate members with conflicts of interest. All reports undergo a rigorous, independent peer review to assure that the statement of task has been addressed, that conclusions are adequately supported, and that all important issues raised by the reviewers are addressed. Thus, while the reports represent views of the committee, they also are endorsed by the Academy.

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Assessing Requirements for Sustained Ocean Color Research and Operations (2011)

Satellite measurements of ocean color provide a unique global perspective on the health of the ocean by allowing scientists to track changes in the abundance and productivity of phytoplankton, microscopic organisms that live in the ocean's surface waters and form the base of the marine food chain. Monitoring phytoplankton abundance can provide information on the ocean's essential functions and resources, which can be used to assess long-ter... More >>

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Increasing Capacity for Stewardship of Oceans and Coasts: A Priority for the 21st Century (2008)

Marine environments support the livelihoods, economies, and quality of life for communities around the world, but growth of coastal populations and increasing demands on marine resources are putting the future of ocean and coastal resources at risk through impacts, such as overfishing, wetland drainage, climate change, and pollution of coastal waters. Given these demands, it is vital to build capacity--the people, the institutions, and th... More >>

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Environmental Information for Naval Warfare (2003)

Accurate and timely environmental information can provide a tactical advantage to U.S. naval forces during warfare. During the last three centuries, the U.S. Navy has placed an emphasis on understanding and characterizing their surroundings. In recent decades, the development and implementation of multifaceted weapons systems have driven the need for accurate environmental information. This report analyzes the current environmental informatio... More >>

Genetic Status of Atlantic Salmon in Maine: Interim Report (2002)

The once abundant, but now seriously depleted, Atlantic salmon in Maine were listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act in November 2000. This report covers the wild fish in eight Maine rivers as a single "distinct population segment." The controversy in Maine that accompanied the listing led Congress to ask the National Academies' advice on the science relevant to understanding and reversin... More >>

Science and Its Role in the National Marine Fisheries Service (2002)

The mission of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is to manage U.S. marine fisheries so they can serve the nation now and benefit future generations. As NMFS manages marine fisheries, it operates under a complex set of laws. Based in part on its concerns over the dramatic increase in recent lawsuits against NMFS, Congress requested in 2001 that the National Academies provide "a summary review of the adequacy of the data... More >>