|About||NOAA's National Ocean Service is the nation's premier federal science agency for oceans and coasts. Our comment policy is available at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/commentpolicy.html|
|Mission||To provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our oceans and coasts.|
The National Ocean Service (NOS) is on the front lines in understanding, predicting, and responding to the challenges facing our oceans and coasts.
More than 156 million people—over half of the U.S. population—live in coastal areas, including the Great Lakes. Coastal areas contribute $7.9 trillion to the U.S. economy.
To keep coastal communities, economies, and environments safe, NOS is protecting and restoring coastal habitats, reducing impacts associated with coastal development and other uses, and protecting coastal water quality and quantity to prevent illness and sustain ecosystems. We are working to enhance coastal resiliency and reduce impacts from coastal hazards such as spills, storms, and climate change.