Our Goals

The mission of NCCOS is to deliver ecosystem science solutions to sustain thriving coastal communities and economies. NCCOS believes that coastal storms, flooding and rising sea level pose a persistent threat to coastal communities. Solutions to the major infrastructure challenges of the 21st century will require working with nature to capitalize on its inherent potential to reduce impacts of hazards while providing a suite of social, economic and environmental benefits. 

NCCOS supports the implementation of natural and nature-based features such as marshes, mangroves, islands, and reefs, through conducting and funding transdisciplinary research that evaluates the performance and benefits of nature-based solutions through the entire project lifecycle.

Strategic Priorities

Advancing ecosystem science for conservation and sustainable use
Developing and implementing advanced observation technologies and ecological forecasts
Facilitating resilience and adaptation to inundation and climate impacts
Detecting, monitoring, and mitigating impacts of chemical and biological stressors
Advancing social, economic, and behavioral approaches to coastal stewardship
Investing in our people and achieving organizational excellence


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