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
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
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
Science Board to identify coastal management needs and to prioritize
include (details are in our Centers' pages):
If you are interested in reading more about the organization, feel free to download the
NCCOS Overview document, or view our