research and observational elements to operational status; coordination with existing and developing national and international programs; and community input and external review.


In the following chapters, our report analyzes the extent to which the seven Themes of the IWGOA Strategic Plan address the mandates of the FOARAM Act. During its review, the committee identified several common issues that arose across most, if not all, of the Themes of the Strategic Plan. These issues include the establishment of a National Ocean Acidification Program Office, the prioritization of research and monitoring efforts, and the development of metrics for evaluating the success of the different programs. These key issues are briefly discussed and summarized in Chapter 2, to provide a context for the more detailed and focused analysis that occurs in Chapter 3, where the committee reviews the seven individual Themes that comprise the core of the Strategic Plan.

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