Box 4-1 Study Approach for Task Group 2

Task 2: The committee will evaluate the impact of the major oceanographic programs on the understanding of the ocean, development of research facilities, education, and collegiality in the academic community.

Question 2a:Have major oceanographic programs led to a demonstrable and unique increase in our understanding of the ocean?

Data used:

    1.  

    list of major scientific accomplishments of major oceanographic programs;

    2.  

    examples of large-scale problems that can only be reasonably addressed by major oceanographic programs;

    3.  

    list of available data sets developed by major oceanographic programs;

    4.  

    number of refereed publications for major oceanographic programs in the study focus group; and

    5.  

    titles of significant publications attributable to major oceanographic programs.

    Question 2b:Have major oceanographic programs contributed to a demonstrable and unique increase in the development of technology and research facilities?

    Data used:

      1.  

      information on the data management policy (e.g., management structure, reanalysis activities, use of centers) of the major oceanographic programs in the study focus group;

      2.  

      list of technological developments for major oceanographic programs in the study focus group;

      3.  

      number of ship days per year on each of the UNOLS category vessels as primary and ancillary user (including projections into the future when possible) for major oceanographic programs in the study focus group;

      4.  

      number of ship days for core projects;

      5.  

      list of significant model developments (e.g., number of grid points in (models), examples where ocean modeling is pressing the available computer technology; and

      measurements of currents in support of WOCE objectives (Firing and Gordon, 1990), and on dissolved oxygen sensor technology (Atkinson et al., 1995), to name a few examples.

      The Bermuda Atlantic Time-Series Study (BATS)3 is intended to help understand the causes of seasonal and interannual variability in ocean biogeochemistry,

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      http://www.bbsr.edu/bats/, May 20, 1998



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