NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management partners with state programs to protect and responsibly develop our coastal areas, and promote stewardship, research and education at estuarine reserves.
Join us as state Coastal Zone Program and National Estuarine Research Reserve managers share their perspectives on the value of and challenges facing our nation’s coasts.
Many people are interested in how a changing climate will affect the ocean. With the majority of Americans living in coastal states, of particular interest are rising water levels, which can have potentially large impacts, from flooding to loss of wetlands that buffer coastlines from erosion.
The 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves serve as "living laboratories" that help scientists study and predict the effects of climate change on the coasts, so that state Coastal Zone Program managers can rely on good science to make decisions about using and protecting coastal resources in a changing climate.