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NOS Coastal Science Board

Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter
water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing
them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals
pollute the waterway they inhabit.
Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals pollute the waterway they inhabit.

The purpose of the internal National Ocean Service's (NOS) Coastal Science Board is to advise the Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and provide assistance to NCCOS in establishing and addressing priorities for coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resource management science, as well as in identifying current and future science and research requirements in support of NOS Program Offices, associated stakeholders, and statutory mandates.

The Board serves as a forum to strengthen internal connections between NOS Programs resulting in better service to NOS constituents and greater support of NOAA's mission. The Board consists of members from almost every Program Office within NOS as well as the NOS Deputy Administrator, the NOS Chief Science Advisor, the Director of NCCOS, the NOAA Coastal Goal lead.