A Research Agenda has been created for the Ocean SAMP area in order to identify data gaps, short- and long-term research priorities that can be used to prioritize future research funding. Creating a Research Agenda was listed in the Ocean SAMP (Section 1130):

"CRMC will develop and implement the Ocean SAMP Science Research Agenda, in coordination with the Ocean SAMP researchers, federal, state, and local government and other parties, to improve management policies and practices. The Ocean SAMP Science Research Agenda will allow CRMC to:

  • Continue to learn about Rhode Island’s offshore natural resources and human activities;
  • Better understand the potential effects of future development and other human impacts; and
  • Increase Rhode Island’s understanding of the projected impacts of global climate change.

To develop the Science Research Agenda, the Council will put together an advisory group including scientists, partner federal and state agencies, environmental organizations, and users of the Ocean SAMP area. This group will help the Council to identify data gaps, short- and long-term research priorities, potential partners, and potential funding sources.”

The Science Research Agenda went through a public comment period in the summer of 2012 and the final version is available for download here: