Associated Partner 12 (NCCOS - NOAA)


United States Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Ocean Service
National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

NCCOS works directly with marine resource managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools. NCCOS was formed within the National Ocean Service (NOS) in March 1999 as the focal point for coastal ocean science. Our research areas and strategy were selected in response to Federal legislation, stakeholder input, and in concert with our scientific expertise and capabilities. We work with the NOS Coastal Ocean Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize our efforts.

NCCOS provides research, scientific information and tools to help balance the nation’s ecological, social and economic goals. Our partnerships with local and national coastal managers are essential in providing science and services to benefit communities around the nation. The research and tools we develop are central to addressing coastal issues raised in legislation and NOAA’s priorities. We help coastal communities protect themselves from harmful algae, contamination and the implications of changing climate. We also provide research essential for communities to develop effective and sustainable management of their resources.


Key competences and facilities

  • Harmful Algal Bloom Research and Event Response

  • Pollution and Land Use Impacts on Coastal Waters and Resources

  • Ecological Effects of Climate and Shoreline Management

  • Coastal Ecology and Integrated Ecosystems Research

  • Ecosystem Characterization, Assessment, and Mapping

  • Coral Reef Ecosystem and Seagrass Research

  • Oceans and Human Health

  • Ecological Forecasting

  • Water Quality Monitoring, Status and Trends Assessments

  • Science to Management (Technology Transfer and Capacity Building)

  • Concept and Tool Development


Key persons & Contact information

John Christensen, Biogeography Branch Chief
United States, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmosphe1ic Administration,
National Ocean Service, National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
1305 East West Hwy
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States of America


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