Marine Environmental Quality: Suggested Research Programs for Understanding Man's Effect on the Oceans



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National Academy of Sciences


This report aims to highlight areas of investigation that the group believed were important for further study. There was no attempt to be either exhaustive or encyclopedic. In this field, in which the hard data are sparse, changes in emphasis can be expected as new information becomes available. A continuing examination of the scientific problems involved in understanding man's effect on the quality of the marine environment will be necessary in order to further plan and develop research programs. While this report is necessarily incomplete and fragmentary, we hope it will be of use to scientists and administrators both nationally and internationally who are concerned with problems of marine environmental quality.


107 pages


marine environmental quality, human factors, marine water quality, marine pollution