Advancing Coastal Science

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) formed the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) in 1999 as the focal point for NOAA’s coastal ocean science efforts. We help NOAA meet its coastal stewardship and management responsibilities, and provide coastal managers with the scientific information necessary to decide how best to protect environmental resources and public health, preserve valued habitats, and improve the way communities interact with coastal ecosystems.

NCCOS Strategic Priorities

NCCOS has six strategic priorities, developed through a comprehensive stakeholder engagement process. These priorities guide NCCOS’s science and competitive research investments and provide the information necessary to address complex coastal challenges.

Serving Our Coastal Communities

Say “hello” to the NCCOS team of dedicated federal employees and contractors, and learn more about what makes our collective expertise so unique.

Work With NCCOS

In addition to federal positions, NCCOS hires personnel through a variety of channels, including contractors and internships. This section provides information on student, employment, and grant opportunities through NCCOS.

Producing Quality Results in Science

In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, and other applicable environmental statutes, NCCOS administers a comprehensive environmental compliance program. Additionally, laboratory and portfolio science reviews are required by NOAA Administrative Order 216-115a. They are a critical part of ensuring that our science remains relevant and focused, and that we receive feedback and insight from external experts and our partners.

NCCOS Innovation, Technology, and the Blue Economy

NCCOS harnesses innovative technologies to accelerate the transition of cutting-edge science and research to partners and stakeholders in support of NOAA’s mission to grow the blue economy. Our investments in research and development directly support four of the five NOAA Blue Economy key areas; seafood production, recreation and tourism, ocean exploration, and coastal resilience.