Engineering for Marine Exploration and Development

by Edward Wenk, Jr.,

Serial Information: Journal of the Professional Practice, 1965, Vol. 91, Issue 2, Pg. 35-48

Document Type: Journal Paper


The concept is advanced that the nation's program in oceanography and the engineering aspects thereof can be more effectively planned and considered in relation to national goals if these activities are separated into three categories: (1) Scientific exploration; (2) geographic exploration; and (3) development of maritime resources. Goals can then be identified, funds and manpower allocated in relation to scientific objectives and to public purposes such as defense, development of natural resources, protection of life and property, weather forecasting, etc. Examined are similarities and differences of scientific and geographic exploration; practical benefits of maritime exploration and development; federal organization; congressional interest; and needs for government-scientific-industry partnership. Conclusions are drawn that future growth, other than in relation to the general expansion of scientific inquiry, depends on whether or not the area of marine exploration deserves public support similar to that afforded in the space program, and historically was afforded such activities as the Lewis and Clark expedition.

Subject Headings: Ocean engineering | Oceanography | Natural resources | Lifeline systems | Forecasting | Federal government | Business organizations | Public private partnership

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