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Assessing Community Vulnerability to Flood Hazard ...

Coral Bay, St. John, USVI, after Hurricane Irma, September 25, 2017. Credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Charles Brock/FOUO (via FEMA Historic Disasters). Communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) ...

Assessing the Geographic Variability in Vulnerabil...

Coastal communities are increasingly vulnerable to climate effects, such as sea level rise and coastal erosion. To address these and other changing coastal risks in Los Angeles County, NCCOS researchers ...

Integration of Social Science with Probabilistic S...

Washington Sea Grant assessed sea level rise exposure for coastal areas of Puget Sound by developing a parcel-level sea level rise vulnerability assessment. NCCOS supported this work through expert guidance ...

National Coral Reef Monitoring Program Implementat...

The National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) is a framework for conducting sustained observations of biological, climate, and socioeconomic indicators at 10 priority coral reefs across the U.S. and its ...

Programmatic Execution of NCCOS Community Vulnerab...

Coastal communities face increased flooding, storms, erosion, and other natural hazards worsened by climate change. Impacts from these events are felt differently across the nation and some communities are more ...

Science in Support of Adaptation Planning for Clim...

The Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States, provides people with valuable ecosystem services. Impacts from climate change, including sea level rise and changes in precipitation, can threaten ...

Social Values of Ecosystem Services in Marine Prot...

We explored the connections between humans and the places they live, work, and play. Specifically, we looked at how people use, how they value, and how they depend on the ...

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Findings Published from Second Coral Reef Socioeco...

Coral reef along the coast of Culebra, Puerto Rico. Credit: Kathleen Neeley. Since 2014, the NOAA National Coral Reef Monitoring Program socioeconomic team, which includes NCCOS researchers, has collected data ...

Summary Findings and Infographics Released for Sec...

Summary findings for American Samoa, 2021 The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic data in seven U.S. coral jurisdictions ...

NOAA, Washington Sea Grant Assess Sea Level Rise V...

Camano Island flooding from December 2022 king tide. Credit: Washington State Department of Ecology Assessing and ranking the vulnerability of coastal habitats and infrastructure to sea level rise can provide ...

Vulnerability Assessment Research Published in Nat...

Hurricane Irma damage. Credit: Paul Brennan, Pixabay. NCCOS's recent article on its community vulnerability assessment framework, published in Natural Hazards, is also featured on PreventionWeb — a global, knowledge-sharing platform ...

NCCOS Publishes Social Vulnerability Assessment in...

Coastal communities are increasingly vulnerable to climate-driven impacts, such as sea level rise and coastal erosion. To address these risks in the Puget Sound region of Washington, Washington Sea Grant ...

2020 Summary Findings and Infographic Released for...

Summary findings for Hawaii, 2020. Credit: NOAA. The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral Reef Monitoring Program (NCRMP) gathers and monitors a collection of socioeconomic data in seven U.S. coral ...

US Offshore Wind Energy Planning May Not Be Engagi...

Public engagement is key to successful energy development endeavors because it builds trust and communication between local communities and government agencies that facilitate energy projects. However, new research from NCCOS ...

New Publication Provides Insight into Resident Per...

A new NOAA publication suggests that outreach efforts have been successful in communicating to the public the benefits provided by coral reef ecosystems. Study results indicate that in the U.S ...

NOAA Releases Infographic to Communicate Socioecon...

Caption: Screen grab of infographic for South Florida Trends, 2014-2019. Credit NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Click here to view the full infographic. The Socioeconomic Component of the National Coral ...

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Data & Publications

A coastal community vulnerability assessment for the Choptank Habitat Focus Area

This report presents a framework and provides findings from a community vulnerability assessment analysis conducted in the Choptank Habitat Focus Area (HFA) within the Chesapeake Bay. Due to the strong connectivity between Chesapeake Bay communities and their environment, the risks ...

Economic Valuation of Shoreline Protection within the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve

This study focuses on the ecosystem of coastal habitats (e.g., seagrass beds, marshes, and coastal forests), which operate as natural infrastructure, and can benefit coastal communities, other types of human development, and economic activity by reducing the impacts of coastal ...

Ecosystem Services Valuation of the Central Georgia Coast, including Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary

This report details the results of a survey effort conducted by the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science in coastal Georgia which included the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. The survey instrument ...

Quantitative Assessment of Spatially-Explicit Social Values Relative to Wind Energy Areas

The tabular dataset is a product of household survey conducted in 2018. The sampling geography was a predefined coastal region of North and South Carolina adjacent to offshore wind development areas. The subject of the data collection was resident perceptions ...

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Forecasting & ModelingMappingMonitoringTools & ProductsPublicationsThe NCCOS Competitive Research Program (CRP) funds regional-scale research through a competitive, peer-reviewed process to address our nation’s most pressing ocean and coastal issues. As the ...

Regional Ecosystem Research

Oceans, rivers, coastal features, and the species that inhabit them do not limit themselves to the political boundaries of cities, states or their elected officials or career resource managers. Management ...

Social Science

NCCOS's social science portfolio is focused on the connections between people and the environment. NCCOS expertise in sociology, economics, and geography is integrated with our coastal ecosystem science to create ...

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