HTML _ 97-588 - Oceans & Coastal Resources Briefing Book
30-May-1997; Alfred R. Greenwood, Coordinator; 29 sections p.

Abstract: The United States and the international community have important interests in ocean and coastal resources involving such issues as pollution of the resource base, food from the sea, energy and mineral development, and marine transportation. Equally important, an understanding of oceanic processes and air-sea exchange is vital to scientific estimates of the probability, timing, and magnitude of global warming. A major concern is the impact increasing population, development, and other human activity will have on the oceans and coastal environments, and what actions should be taken to better understand, define, and prevent unacceptable degradation.

The Congressional Research Service prepared this Oceans and Coastal Resources Briefing Book for use by members of the congressional community with interests in oceans and coastal resources issues. The book contains short papers on selected ocean and coastal resource issues. Each paper contains an issue definition, background and analysis, status of the issue, continuing concerns, and references.

The papers are arranged under major subject headings:

Ocean Science, Living Marine Resources, The Coastal Environment, Law of the Sea, Mineral and Energy Resources, and Antarctica. [read report]

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