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Oceanography: A Fleet Too Good to Afford?

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Science  15 Mar 1996:
Vol. 271, Issue 5255, pp. 1486-1488
DOI: 10.1126/science.271.5255.1486


The U.S. research fleet, with three new vessels, may be the best in the world. But rising costs and tightening budgets could leave scientists high and dry. A consortium of ship operators hopes to gain business from other federal agencies that now go to sea on their own ships, while a National Research Council panel thinks there may be a better way to coordinate the nation's oceanographic assets.