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MARINE BOARD NAME ADDRESS Dear: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL COMMISSION ON ENGINEERING AND TECHNICAL SYSTEMS 2101 Constitution Ague Washington, D.C. 20418 APPENDS A December 8, 1989 MB-89-943 OFFICE LOCATION: Georgetown Facility Room HA 250 2001 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Telephone: (202) 334-3119 Telefax: (202) 334-2620 The National Research Council has established under its Marine Board a committee on Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Information Needs. The charge of this committee is to identify the needs of the states, industries, and academic researchers for information about the seabed of the EEZ. This advice will be passed to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and used to guide their Joint Program for Mapping and Research in the EEZ. Data collection in offshore areas is expensive and. in some cases requires development of new technologies. In setting priorities for mapping and research and for determining technology development needs, it is important to include the needs of all the potential users of the oceans. The coastal states and U.S. territories are major participants in the Nation's ability to develop and protect its ocean resources. The attached table is intended to provide our committee with an understanding of the priorities of your state or territory for information in relation to present or planned uses of the EEZ seabed. In addition to your office, the table is being sent to (NOTE: name, affliction of others in a particular state who received the table). In your response, please consider the relevant conclusions and positions developed by marine advisory and policy groups in your state. The National Research Council is the principal operati'?g agency of the Natio'2a/ Academy of Sciences and the Natio'2a/ Academy of Engi'`eeri,~g to sense ~overn~ne'?t a'2d other f~rpaI2izatio'Zs