The report "Science and Technology for America’s Oceans: A Decadal Vision" identifies research needs and areas of opportunity within the ocean science and technology (S&T) enterprise for the decade 2018-2028. This vision identifies five goals to advance U.S. ocean S&T and the Nation in the coming decade: (1) Understand the Ocean in the Earth System; (2) Promote Economic Prosperity; (3) Ensure Maritime Security; (4) Safeguard Human Health; and (5) Develop Resilient Coastal Communities. Each goal is supplemented with specific objectives and actionable priorities to achieve those objectives.
The White House released the report by the Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) in November 2018. In March 2022 the "Opportunities and Actions for Ocean Science and Technology (2022-2028)" report updated the priorities identified in the 2018 Decadal Vision and describes opportunities to advance equity across the full the Ocean S&T enterprise.