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The Year of the Ocean

September/October 1998

Our future ability to increase food production, enhance human health, provide better climate change prediction, and advance natural hazard mitigation depends on our understanding of ocean processes.

At this year's National Ocean Conference, President Clinton brought together, for the first time, representatives of all the constituencies that depend on the oceans for their livelihood or security. This unique forum has engaged local, state and national leaders in an important debate that may lead to a new national strategy on the oceans.

NSF will continue its leadership role as the nation's premier supporter of basic research in ocean sciences. This timely issue of Frontiers presents excellent examples of how NSF-supported investigators are laying the foundation of basic understanding that is essential to sustainable development and prediction of all earth and ocean processes.

G. Michael Purdy
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences
National Science Foundation

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