inform Congress in a convincing manner of the need for broad studies of ocean acidification. Support by the public will be essential for this effort. Thus, the inclusion in the Strategic Plan of a strong program for education and outreach is wise. Through these wide-ranging activities, the National Program Office can help to implement a powerful and integrated scientific program on ocean acidification and assist in the transfer of information and technology from the program’s research and monitoring efforts to the groups that will be responsible for developing effective programs for enabling society to adapt to the as yet largely unknown consequences of ocean acidification.



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