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November 4, 2003

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A new large-scale, multidisciplinary ocean exploration program would increase the pace of discovery of new species, ecosystems, energy sources, seafloor features, pharmaceutical products, and artifacts, as well as improve understanding of the role oceans play in climate change, says a new congressionally mandated report from the National Academies' National Research Council. Such a program should be run by a nonfederal organization and should encourage international participation, added the committee that wrote the report.

John Orcutt (chair), Professor of Geophysics and Deputy Director, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Interim Dean of Marine Sciences, University of California, San Diego.