Many NOS programs and other NOAA offices provide skills and information resources to state and local coastal resource managers. NOS personnel work directly with state and local partners to resolve site-specific issues by offering help with training needs, data and information needs, management strategies, and new and underutilized technology.
Many of these services are provided through the . The Center is a partner in projects geared toward resolving coastal issues in specific local, state, and regional locations. NOS's also provides coastal tools and technologies.
NOS's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management provides coastal decision guidance and information to states, territories, tribes, and local agencies. The Coastal Management News relays up-to-date information on a range of coastal zone issues, including climate change, sea-level rise, and hazards.
The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET), a partnership between NOS and the University of New Hampshire, uses the collaborative process to develop decision making tools to help coastal communities cope with the impacts rapid land development and climate change.
One of the challenges in coastal management is balancing the relationship between people and the environment. In an effort to meet this challenge, NOAA is continuing to invest in the scientific study of people, one of the social sciences.
A Web site, HD.gov, created by the Center, is quickly becoming the preferred information resource for social science information. The site includes data sources, data analysis tools, on-line articles, user-submitted case studies, and an interactive forum.
Specific assistance is also available through two publications. “Introduction to Survey Design and Delivery” and “Introduction to Stakeholder Participation” are good guides for programs that want to use social science tools. These publications can be obtained from the publications page of the Center’s Web site.
Another nontechnical tool is, a bimonthly trade magazine for coastal managers. The publication is an information resource that showcases innovative ways in which state coastal programs address the many issues that confront them.
The brings new people and expertise to help state programs. Under the Program, postgraduate students in the field of coastal resource management spend two years working for a state coastal management program. The students bring new expertise to the state efforts, and the fellows receive valuable work experience.
NOS offers an entire suite of remote sensing products and services and a variety of geographic information system (GIS) services. Remote sensing involves the use of satellites, aircraft, and other sensing devices to gather information about land and water. NOS provides to state coastal programs, including land cover, topography, and benthic habitat data. Remote sensing also is used to measure .
GIS is a mapping information tool used within the coastal management community. NOS provides a variety of GIS data products, including , a database of , , and a GIS for the southeastern . Other GIS tools include , which help to identify coastal areas vulnerable to contamination. GIS also is used to help people gain access to the data contained in the extensive habitat characterizations produced by NOS for many regions in the coastal zone. The highlights additional GIS-related projects and services. GIS training and remote sensing also are available.
CICEET has sponsored the development of many tools to support coastal decision making related to the restoration of coastal habitats such as salt marshes and underwater seagrass "meadows." You can learn more about these and other decision-making tools on CICEET's Project Explorer, a searchable online database.
is a term frequently used by coastal communities as they struggle to maintain the balance between growth and preservation. The Web site is a tremendous tool for this effort.
Additionally, CICEET's Living Coasts Program provides coastal communities with more effective tools to grow in a way that preserves water quality, protects natural areas, and improves quality of life. Living Coasts teams work with committed community partners to demonstrate tools that could help with land-use decisions, such as comprehensive planning, natural resource protection, the need to balance economic and ecological health, and stormwater management.
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