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There was not a strong feeling that communication within their own major oceanographic programs was lacking, however.
A number of mechanisms can help the planning process by identifying scientific gaps among existing programs. Although implementing a number of steps discussed in Chapter 3 should reduce or eliminate gaps resulting from lack of coordination among existing major programs, some gaps will undoubtedly remain (i.e., some scientific gaps cannot be adequately addressed simply by improving coordination). To enhance communication and coordination in the oceanographic community, NSF/OCE and other sponsor agencies should continue to develop and expand the use of various mechanisms for inter-program strategic planning, including workshops and plenary sessions at national and international meetings and greater use of World Wide Web sites and newsletters.