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Science for Decisionmaking: Coastal and Marine Geology at the U.S. Geological Survey
tration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the U.S. Navy) needs to be undertaken to determine the most appropriate methods of creating the products needed by federal and state agencies. Once product formats are determined, there is a need to make these products readily and easily available to users. In the opinion of the committee, much of the work presently being conducted by CMGP scientists is of high quality, but the products and data are not easily available and exist in a variety of (sometimes) incompatible formats. Existing products and those that will be generated in the future should be used to educate federal, state, and local governments and the general public regarding the importance of the geologic information. It would be well worthwhile to hire a person at the headquarters level to integrate dissemination activities for the centers and headquarters. Federal budgets are becoming more competitive and without active education about the capabilities of CMGP, as well as active dissemination of its products, the program and eventually the nation will suffer.