Partnerships between agencies, and the private sector were discussed.

At the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America held in Boston on Nov. 6, 2001 scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey described partnerships between their agency, other public agencies and the private sector that are contributing to a greater understanding of public areas. John Brock, a researcher at the USGS Center for Coastal Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla., told colleagues about cooperative efforts between the USGS, NASA and the National Park Service to create remote sensing-based capabilities for coastal studies and natural resources management. He also discussed how to apply those capabilities within interdisciplinary research to national seashores.