NATIONAL NEED AND CRITICAL ISSUE (NRC, 1989)

RECOMMENDED ACTIONS (NRC, 1989)

MAJOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGH 2004

Frontier Exploration and Development

 

 

We must continue to explore and expand polar, deep undersea, lunar, and planetary frontiers.

Conduct basic research on seafloor sediments, arctic regions, and extraterrestrial materials.

NSF, NASA, USGS, and oil companies are pursuing research in these areas; geoengineers most active in seafloor and arctic regions.

Educate the public on technical capabilities and possibilities in these areas.

Little progress.

Develop courses that address the unique needs of frontier research.

Occasional special courses and conferences.

NOTE: DOD = Department of Defense; DOE = Department of Energy; EMS = Environmental Management Systems; EPA = Environmental Protection Agency; GPR = ground penetrating radar; InSAR = Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar; LIDAR = light detection and ranging; NASA = National Aeronautics and Space Administration; NEES = Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation; NSF = National Science Foundation; USGS = U.S. Geological Survey.



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