At the heart of the Sentinel Site Program are locally-focused Sentinel Site Cooperatives that unite existing communities of practice. The five Cooperatives include scientists and managers from a spectrum of disciplines who are applying their unique expertise to answer the pressing questions of coastal resilience.
We envision the Cooperatives serving a pivotal role in affecting change in society by integrating and translating sound science into actionable information for local management communities to implement.
Cooperatives bring to bear the full force of NOAA coastal and ecosystem monitoring, measurement, and tools in partnership with federal, state, and local efforts to help solve concrete problems that people are facing in coastal communities.
The strength of the program is that it brings together a network of people, expertise, and resources that are focused on the common needs of specific places that people care about. The hallmark of the Sentinel Site Program is that we are more effectively coordinating existing efforts to better achieve our common goals of coastal resilience.
At coastal locations—particularly in places with dense populations and bustling maritime activity—the number of regional NOAA assets are particularly dense and bustling, too! These Cooperatives bring to bear the full force of NOAA coastal and ecosystem monitoring, measurement, and tools in partnership with federal, state, and local efforts to help solve concrete problems that people are facing in coastal communities.
Current Sentinel Site Cooperative locations include Chesapeake Bay, Hawaii, North Carolina, the Northern Gulf of Mexico, and San Francisco Bay.
Based in the heart of the nation's largest estuary, the sensitive habitat in this region is surrounded by 17 million people.
This site contains some of the most productive and unique ecological locations in U.S. waters (and in the world).
The coast of North Carolina has one of the highest vulnerabilities to sea level change on the Atlantic coast.
With low elevations and critical habitats, this region is very susceptible to sea level change.