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Coastal and Marine Geology Program Planning Meeting, Palo Alto, CA

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Approximately 80 scientists from the USGS Coastal and Marine Geology Program (CMGP) gathered in Palo Alto, CA, in mid-January to participate in the development of a new, long-term science plan for the program. This meeting was the first in several years to bring together a large number of scientists from all the program centers.

Facilitated by Susan Warner (LEAD Alliance), the 4 1/2-day meeting gave participants a forum in which to share information about their current research and their visions for the program's future.

The meeting was structured around seven themes:

  1. Resources, Minerals, Ground Water, and Energy
  2. Habitats, Coral Reefs, Watersheds, and Wetlands
  3. Erosion, Storms, Sea Level, and Subsidence
  4. Earthquakes, Tsunamis, and Landslides
  5. Pollution and Contaminated Sediments
  6. Emerging and Critical Technologies
  7. Regional Synthesis and National Knowledge Bank
A typical day consisted of a morning session on one theme and an afternoon session on another. The seven themes were introduced in 40-minute overview presentations by Jeff Williams, Mike Field, Bob Morton, Eric Geist, Mike Bothner, Chris Sherwood, and Brad Butman, respectively. Each overview presentation was followed by a set of 5-minute open-forum talks and a panel-led discussion about the session's theme. A late-afternoon poster session introduced the next day's themes and gave participants a chance to learn more about each other's research.

The final afternoon was a wrapup session entitled "Seeking a Consensus on CMGP Science Priorities." As the session opened, participants were charged to address such questions as: In what areas can CMGP become a leader? What makes CMGP unique, or what is our niche? How can CMGP improve its public impact? During the wrapup session, participants were divided into seven groups according to the chosen themes. Group members were tasked to define a single research goal for their studies that could be accomplished over the next 5 years. Members also identified five to seven key science questions surrounding the research goal.

The wealth of information and insights that came out of the workshop is being used by the organizing committee, including John Haines, Jeff List, Tom Parsons, and John Brock, to put together a long-term plan for the program.

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