The Year of the Ocean
ability to increase food production, enhance human health, provide better
climate change prediction, and advance natural hazard mitigation depends
on our understanding of ocean processes.
At this year's National Ocean Conference, President
Clinton brought together, for the first time, representatives of all the
constituencies that depend on the oceans for their livelihood or security.
This unique forum has engaged local, state and national leaders in an
important debate that may lead to a new national strategy on the oceans.
NSF will continue its leadership role as the nation's
premier supporter of basic research in ocean sciences. This timely issue
of Frontiers presents excellent examples of how NSF-supported
investigators are laying the foundation of basic understanding that is
essential to sustainable development and prediction of all earth and ocean
G. Michael Purdy
Director, Division of Ocean Sciences
National Science Foundation