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      NCCOS researchers capture dolphins to assess their health. Because people eat the same seafood
      as dolphins, making these critical food web connections with species at the top of the marine
      food chain is essential to better understand risks to the health of communities living along the
      coast.
NCCOS researchers capture dolphins to assess their health. Because people eat the same seafood as dolphins, making these critical food web connections with species at the top of the marine food chain is essential to better understand risks to the health of communities living along the coast.

Solving environmental problems requires knowledge and power. Scientists have knowledge, but typically limited authority to change behavior. Decision-makers have power, but may lack in-depth knowledge of particular problems. Linking these two groups brings knowledge together with power to make informed decisions that can drive social change.

NCCOS works directly with managers, industry, regulators, and scientists to deliver relevant, timely, and accurate scientific information and tools. View our video overview.

NCCOS was formed within the National Ocean Service (NOS) in March 1999 as the focal point for coastal ocean science. Our research areas and strategy were selected in response to Federal legislation, stakeholder input, and in concert with our scientific expertise and capabilities. We work with the NOS Coastal Ocean Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize our efforts.

NCCOS capabilities include (details are in our Centers' pages):

Related Documents

If you're interested in reading more about the organization, feel free to download the NCCOS Overview document, or view our Strategic Plan.