The National Ocean Council has released a series of action plans to guide development of the White House’s new National Ocean Policy. President Obama ordered the creation of the policy last year in order to improve coordination and planning of marine, coastal, and Great Lakes policies regarding climate change adaptation, renewable energy, and a host of other issues.

The action plans address nine priority objectives, including ecosystem-based management, coastal and marine spatial planning, climate adaptation, the Arctic, and ocean observations, mapping, and infrastructure. The last priority aims to “strengthen Federal and non-Federal ocean observing systems, sensors, data collection platforms, data management, and mapping capabilities into a national system and integrate that system into international efforts.” These efforts would include reviewing the status of the National Oceanic Fleet and unmanned and satellite remote sensing systems, implementing the Integrated Ocean Observing System, and developing an integrated data management system.

To read the action plans and to submit comments, visit


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