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Press Release 12-008

Federal Government Releases Action Plan to Address Ocean Challenges

Draft requests comments on actions agencies will take to improve the health of oceans, coasts, Great Lakes

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Satellite image of the Earth.

The National Ocean Policy action plan addresses ocean, coastal and Great Lakes challenges.

Credit: NOAA


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Map of the Atlantic and Pacific ocean basins showing regional scale nodes and endruance array.

The National Science Foundation's Ocean Observatories Initiative will play a key role.

Credit: Center for Environmental Visualization, University of Washington


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Image of a deep-sea vent.

NSF supports discoveries such as the geology, biology and chemistry of deep-sea vents.

Credit: NOAA


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Map showing ocean currents and gyres in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans.

Ocean currents and gyres (pictured here) are integral parts of Earth's climate system.

Credit: NOAA


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Image of a coral reef and fish.

Coral reefs are threatened by ocean acidification and other effects of global climate change.

Credit: NOAA


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Satellite image of hurricane Katrina.

Are hurricanes like Katrina increasing in frequency and strength? More research is needed.

Credit: NOAA


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