"To address issues threatening our coasts, such as climate change, population growth, ecosystem management, port congestion, and contaminants in the environment, NOAA’s National Ocean Service translates science into action, delivering needed information, tools, and technical services."

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Resilient Coastal Communities

"If you live near the coast, you aren’t alone – over half of all Americans call coastal areas home. And as more and more people flock to our coasts, communities in these areas become increasingly vulnerable to damages from hazards such as sea level rise or storms, habitat loss, and other threats that can negatively impact our economy and our quality of life."

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Robust Coastal Economies

"Did you know that 57 percent of our nation’s gross domestic product is generated in the 673 counties that line our ocean and Great Lakes waters? Or that nearly 80 percent of our overseas trade by volume comes and goes along our marine highways?"

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Coastal & Marine Places

"The beauty of ocean and coastal areas is hard to dispute. These areas are also essential to satisfying our increasing appetite for energy, food, goods, and services. Through innovative management and protection activities, NOS worked in 2010 to balance environmental conservation, economic development, and recreational enjoyment, to ensure our special coastal and ocean areas are available today and for future generations."

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Deepwater Horizon/BP Oil Spill

"On April 20, an explosion and subsequent fire damaged a deepwater drilling platform approximately 50 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana. Eleven people lost their lives at what was the start of what would become one of the largest oil spills in history. As the nation's leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA was on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon incident from the start, providing coordinated scientific services to federal, state, and local organizations."

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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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