and prediction of natural and anthropogenic consequences to the complex coastal and marine environment.
The committee finds considerable potential for overlap between the efforts of the CMGP and other programs of the Geologic Division and the USGS (e.g., earthquake hazards, water, energy, and minerals) with concomitant lack of focused efforts in CMGP. There needs to be more substantial partnering with these programs and divisions along the lines of expanded collaboration with federal agencies. The CMGP should focus on the geologic framework questions and assessments while more specific studies are undertaken with its partners. For example, CGMP work on the stratigraphic extent of coastal formations could greatly support efforts by the Water Resources Division to understand aquifer characteristics and evaluate water resources. Along similar lines, CMGP's ability to provide a regional perspective could be essential to the earthquake hazards program in assessing the risk from earthquakes and tsunamis to coastal populations along the Washington coast. CMGP should make every effort to leverage expertise in other programs and divisions to expand its ability to meet the needs of its diverse user community.