About the Office for Coastal Management

This organization was established in 2014 when NOAA combined two offices: the Coastal Services Center and the Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. The basic missions of the two programs remain intact, but the new organizational structure is bringing value-added services to taxpayers.

In addition to implementing specific initiatives, a top priority for NOAA's Office for Coastal Management is to unify efforts to make communities more resilient. Many organizations are involved, including the private sector, nonprofits, the scientific community, and all levels of government. The Office for Coastal Management works to be a unifying force in these efforts, providing unbiased NOAA data and tools and providing opportunities for the community to come together to define common goals and find ways to work smarter by working together. Issues run the gamut from protecting endangered species to erosion to generating better building codes for storm-resistant buildings.

Coastal management initiatives from this office include the following:

  • Digital Coast. Providing the data, tools, and training needed by the nation's coastal managers.
  • National Estuarine Research Reserves. Protected coastal areas that host environmental research projects and local science-based training and education programs.
  • National Coastal Zone Management Program. A unique federal and state partnership that provides the most direct implementation of coastal management policy.
  • NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program. Provides the sound science needed to preserve, sustain, and restore coral reef ecosystems.
  • Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program. Provides matching funds to state and local governments to purchase threatened coastal and estuarine lands.  
  • Applied Science. Undertaking the study needed to provide coastal managers with the relevant information used in the decision making process.
  • Training and Education. Through this initative, local officials and citizens are able to go in-depth in terms of learning how coastal management science and strategies can be used to address their specific issues. Programs are also available to help teachers and students work with the real-life data and situations.