Introduction

"The National Ocean Service (NOS) strives to ensure that America's oceans and coasts are safe, healthy, and productive. This year, NOS was hard at work protecting coastal communities, supporting safe and efficient marine transportation, increasing our understanding of changes in coastal and marine environments, reducing ocean and coastal health risks, and conserving the coastal and marine places that so many Americans value."

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Protecting Coastal Communities

"So many of us call the coast our home. In fact, over half of all Americans live along the narrow fringe of our nation's coast. Unfortunately, more people mean more vulnerability from increasing threats due to things such as storms and climate change. We must be increasingly vigilant in protecting the communities that call the coast home."

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Observing Our Oceans & Coasts

"Natural – and human-induced – forces are constantly at work, changing the face of our planet. At the core of being prepared and able to respond to these changes lies the need to understand how, when, and why they will occur. Scientific observations about our oceans and coasts are the foundation for increasing our understanding."

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Supporting Marine Transportation

"Our marine highways carry more than three-quarters of all U.S. goods and supplies. Ensuring that these highways continue to function safely, efficiently, and in an environmentally sound way requires good tools, data, and information."

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Reducing Ocean & Coastal Health Risks

"We rely on our oceans and coasts for resources – from food to modes of transportation and places to recreate. When these areas are unhealthy, it has a negative impact on our own health, as well as the health of our economy. And, just as the health of our ocean and coasts can impact our health, we impact the health of these areas."

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Protecting Coastal & Marine Places

"From coral reefs to beaches and fishing grounds, coastal and marine places are both beautiful and bountiful. Protecting these resources from both human and natural damages is essential to ensuring that future generations are able to enjoy and appreciate these areas."

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Marine Spatial Planning

Marine Spatial Planning

"We plan our cities and how we use our land. So it just makes sense that we would also apply similar principles to manage the way we use our ocean and coasts. Marine spatial planning involves looking at the whole picture the ecosystem and the people who are using that ecosystem in order to determine how best to use ocean areas so that ecological, economic, and cultural services are available now and for future generations."

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Program Office Highlights

  • Center for Operational Oceanographic Products & Services
  • NOAA Integrated Ocean Observing System Program
  • International Program Office
  • Management & Budget Office
  • National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
  • National Geodetic Survey
  • Office of Ocean & Coastal Resource Management

  • NOAA Coastal Services Center
  • Office of Coast Survey
  • Office of National Marine Sanctuaries
  • Office of Response & Restoration
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