Box 5-1 Task Group 3 Study Approach
Task 3) The committee will assist federal agencies and the ocean sciences community in identifying gaps and appropriate follow-on activities to existing programs.
Question 3a: Are there gaps in the major oceanographic programs included in the study focus group?
Question 3b: Are there obvious follow-on activities for the mature major oceanographic programs?
Questions 3c: Do adequate facilities and infrastructure presently exist for inter-program follow-on activities?
important to successfully address the unexpected. For example, one criticism of major oceanographic programs has been that they are developed to address the ''known unknowns." These known unknowns are usually important scientific problems; however, important breakthroughs and discoveries often come unexpectedly. In attempting to address today's known unknowns through the formation of major oceanographic programs, researchers should be prepared to meet and respond to surprises, or "unknown unknowns," through contingency plans.