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Science for Decisionmaking: Coastal and Marine Geology at the U.S. Geological Survey
global seismic network programs) and how the CMGP efforts dovetail into the larger efforts of these other programs is a concern. Similarly, Theme 3 (Natural Resources) directly addresses the Geologic Division's Goal 3, plus it also incorporates a subtheme of water resources that is not reflected in the general description of Theme 3. This raises the issue of how CMGP studies integrate with the Water Resources Division of the USGS and the Minerals Resources and Energy Resources programs in the Geologic Division. Finally, Theme 4 (Information and Technology) focuses on infrastructure issues that directly address the Geologic Division's operational, rather than scientific, objectives.
Clearly, information management, maintenance of scientific instrumentation, and access to platforms are central to the accomplishment of coastal and marine research and therefore to the successful dissemination of information to the public and to policymakers. These functions are extremely important to the success of CMGP and must be maintained as a critical operational component of the CMGP. However, the committee felt that the definition of these functions as one of the major scientific themes does not fit well with the Geologic Division's Strategic Science Goals. The committee therefore recommends that the themes and subthemes of the CMGP address the geologic framework component of scientific issues in coastal and marine regions. While maintaining a close link to the Geologic Division's Strategic Science Goals, CMGP should redefine the themes to address fundamental scientific issues or what the committee concluded are grand challenges related to the coastal and marine realm through coherent project groupings. The responsibility for information management, dissemination, and maintenance of scientific instrumentation and platforms does not represent a theme but should be emphasized as a separate but critical function of CMGP. Greater discussion of the possible nature of these grand challenges is the subject of Chapter 3.