he said, this meeting offered a chance to identify some of the challenges common to all parks, including the need for more accurate assessment techniques.

Finally, he expressed his gratitude for the support and participation of the Office of Naval Research, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the National Science Foundation, the University of Maryland, and Clemson University, the informal steering group that help plan the event, and the staff of the Academies and AURP for their professionalism and efficiency in organizing the event.



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