Office for Coastal Management

Implements four major programs designed to help coastal and Great Lakes communities and ecosystems thrive.

National Coastal Zone Management Program

Focused on community and ecosystem resilience.

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National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Leaders in estuary science, as well as community and educational programs.

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Coral Reef Conservation Program

A multidisciplinary approach to understanding and conserving this important ecosystem.

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Digital Coast

Providing the data, tools, and training most needed by coastal communities looking to address pressing coastal issues.

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Providing grants for community and regional projects that protect habitat and decrease flooding.

Creating the next generation of coastal leaders—and advancing the nation’s coastal resource management priorities.

Discover how various programs within NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management are making a difference.

The latest, easy-to-use statistics for all things coastal—demographics, economics, storm damages, high tide flooding rates, and more.


of the nation's total population live along the coast.