NOAA Coastal Ocean Program (COP)

Goals and Objectives

NOAA's Coastal Ocean Program (COP), part of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS), provides scientific information to assist decision makers to meet the challenges of managing our Nation's coastal resources. COP targets critical issues which exist in the Nation's estuaries, coastal waters, and Great Lakes. COP translates its findings into accessible information for coastal managers, planners, lawmakers, and the public. Its aim is to create near-term and continuous improvements in environmental decisions affecting the coastal ocean and its resources.

The Coastal Ocean Program (COP) provides a focal point through which the agency, together with other organizations with responsibilities for the coastal environment and its resources, can make significant strides toward finding the solutions that will protect coastal resources and ensure their availability and well-being for future generations.