FIGURE 2.1 Funding levels in the President’s FY 2012 Request and associated with each Theme of the Strategic Plan. Theme 1: Monitoring of Ocean Chemistry and Biological Impacts; Theme 2: Research to Understand Responses to Ocean Acidification; Theme 3: Modeling to Predict Changes in the Ocean Carbon Cycle and Impacts on Marine Ecosystems and Organisms; Theme 4: Technology Development and Standardization of Measurements; Theme 5: Assessment of Socioeconomic Impacts and Development of Strategies to Conserve Marine Organisms and Ecosystems; Theme 6: Education, Outreach, and Engagement Strategy on Ocean Acidification; Theme 7: Data Management and Integration.

by the end of the 10 years, new resources would be needed (see Box 2.2). However, constrained federal budgets might make it difficult to mobilize resources at the required level, therefore requiring the IWGOA to set some priorities among the listed goals. This potential scenario further illustrates the benefit of describing a clear process for setting priorities. Such a process could be facilitated, at least in general terms, by information about the likely costs of the activities associated with different goals. Using such information, the feasibility of pursuing the listed goals within a short or long time frame could be assessed. In setting priorities, it will be critical to establish a process that can engage the views of the extramural research community and the stakeholders in general. In addition, the committee concludes that a National Program Office (see next section) would be critical in the process for setting priorities using criteria set forth in the Strategic Plan. To inform this process, the National Program Office could convene representatives from the extramural research community (for

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