International Decade of Ocean Exploration

Project Description
The term International Decade of Ocean Exploration can be
interpreted very broadly.... A broad statement of the basic objectives
of the Decade was developed as follows: To achieve more comprehensive
knowledge of ocean characteristics and their changes and more profound
understanding of oceanic processes for the purpose of more effective
utilization of the ocean and its resources. In An Ocean Quest - The
International Decade of Ocean Exploration (1969) National Academy of
Sciences, Washington DC. p. 2.

For more information, link to

http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/history/history_oe.html