The focal point for NOAA’s coastal ocean science efforts, providing coastal managers with the scientific information necessary to best protect and preserve coastal ecosystems.

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

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  • Partners featured in Washington Post: Natural infrastructure for rising seas

    Partners featured in Washington Post: Natural infrastructure for rising seas

    At Eagles Island in Wilmington, North Carolina, floats the historic Battleship North Carolina: a World War II museum right on the water. But as climate change causes sea levels to rise, this popular visitors’ spot could be at risk due to increasingly high tidal flooding. While multiple design and engineering firms suggested building walls around…


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