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NOS Coastal Science Board


      Field studies, such as this one in Leadenwah Creek in South Carolina, examine sediments for the
      distribution and concentration of over 100 chemical contaminants. We also assess the condition
      of bottom-dwelling invertebrates to create a comprehensive picture of the habitat's health.
Field studies, such as this one in Leadenwah Creek in South Carolina, examine sediments for the distribution and concentration of over 100 chemical contaminants. We also assess the condition of bottom-dwelling invertebrates to create a comprehensive picture of the habitat's health.

The purpose of the internal National Ocean Service's (NOS) Coastal Science Board is to advise the Director of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS) and provide assistance to NCCOS in establishing and addressing priorities for coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes resource management science, as well as in identifying current and future science and research requirements in support of NOS Program Offices, associated stakeholders, and statutory mandates.

The Board serves as a forum to strengthen internal connections between NOS Programs resulting in better service to NOS constituents and greater support of NOAA's mission. The Board consists of members from almost every Program Office within NOS as well as the NOS Deputy Administrator, the NOS Chief Science Advisor, the Director of NCCOS, the NOAA Coastal Goal lead.