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A drilling vessel flares off gas at the Deepwater Horizon response site in the Gulf of Mexico,
2010. NCCOS researchers spent weeks at sea and on land sampling to collect environmental
baseline data as well as contribute to determining the state of post-spill contamination.
A drilling vessel flares off gas at the Deepwater Horizon response site in the Gulf of Mexico, 2010. NCCOS researchers spent weeks at sea and on land sampling to collect environmental baseline data as well as contribute to determining the state of post-spill contamination.

Peer review is a long–established mechanism for ensuring quality scientific research. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and other federal agencies that support extramural scientific work routinely use standardized peer review processes to evaluate external research proposals and ensure high quality standards.

It is appropriate that the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), as a significant NOAA/National Ocean Service science arm supporting both extra– and intramural research, establish similar quality control procedures for the research, monitoring, assessment and related activities it conducts internally. In addition, according to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB, 2004), "A wide variety of authorities have argued that peer review practices at federal agencies need to be strengthened."

The purpose of this plan is to ensure that NCCOS scientists are conducting high quality investigations of significant value to NOAA and the nation, and to demonstrate that quality to interested parties through independent, objective review.

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