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Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter
water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing
them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals
pollute the waterway they inhabit.
Collected zebra mussels rest on the deck of a research vessel in the Great Lakes. They filter water to feed, which concentrates any contaminants they consume within their tissues. Analyzing them is a low tech but highly accurate process that provides clues to whether or not chemicals pollute the waterway they inhabit.

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.