Workshop Report/Summary

Exploration of the Seas: Interim Report (2003)

Seventy percent of our blue planet is covered by oceans. Progress has been made in understanding the role of oceans in climate change, locating energy reserves, revealing new life forms, and describing the flow of carbon through these systems. However, it may be time to catapult our understanding to new levels by undertaking an interdisciplinary, international, global ocean exploration program. This interim report outlines the committee's vision for a future international global ocean exploration program. This report also details recommendations for technological needs and capabilities, funding levels, and management structures to ensure a productive and successful ocean exploration program.