NOAA National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science


The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science deliver ecosystem science solutions to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies. We provide coastal managers the information and tools they need to balance society's environmental, social, and economic goals.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) formed the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in 1999 as the focal point for NOAA’s coastal ocean science efforts. We help NOAA meet its coastal stewardship and management responsibilities, and provide coastal managers with the scientific information necessary to decide how best to protect environmental resources and public health, preserve valued habitats, and improve the way communities interact with coastal ecosystems.

NCCOS has six strategic priorities, developed through a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process. These priorities guide NCCOS’s science and competitive research investments and provide the information necessary to address complex coastal challenges.

  1. Advancing Ecosystem Science for Conservation and Sustainable Use
  2. Developing and Implementing Advanced Observation Technologies and Ecological Forecasts
  3. Facilitating Resilience and Adaptation to Inundation and Climate Impacts
  4. Detecting, Monitoring, and Mitigating Impacts of Chemical and Biological Stressors
  5. Advancing Social, Economic, and Behavioral Approaches to Coastal Stewardship
  6. Investing in our People and Achieving Organizational Excellence