The NMSC used a three step process for developing the National Marine Science Plan:
1. The science community were invited to submit one or more white papers covering any aspect of the marine science spectrum that they believe needed consideration within the NMSP.
2. The white papers (under the eight theme areas) were then discussed at a National Marine Science Symposium , where invited leaders of the marine science community presented a summary of the white papers from each of the theme areas, and led a discussion of what should be harvested for inclusion in the National Marine Science Plan.
3. Using input from white papers and the outcomes of the Symposium, a National Marine Science Plan was developed for publication in August
The NMSC identified eight theme areas (drawing on the Grand Challenges and Opportunities identified in Marine Nation 2025) that were used to focus the development of the National Marine Science Plan (NMSP). Each theme was led by experts in the particular area, drawn from Australia's marine science community.
This document provides the framework for a national discussion about a number of grand challenges facing Australia that relate to our ocean estate, and how marine science can contribute to their solutions. It identifies strengths and weaknesses in marine research infrastructure and capability and recommends development of a 10-year marine science strategy overseen by a formally constituted National Marine Science Advisory Committee.
Prepared by Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group (OPSAG), March 2013
This document sets out the rationale for, key elements of and critical requirements for a National
Framework for Marine Research and Innovation, and is based on extensive consultation with the marine R&D provider community.
Prepared by Oceans Policy Science Advisory Group (OPSAG) Marine Science Steering Committee, March 2009