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2004 National Plan for Algal Toxins and Harmful Algal Blooms

CSCOR HAB Event Response Program Description Announced


The Coastal Ocean Program:
Science for Solutions

Vision: To deliver the highest quality science in time for important coastal policy decisions

History: The NOAA Authorization Bill of 1992 (Section 201(c) of P.L. 102-567) established that the NOAA Coastal Ocean Program "shall augment and integrate existing programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and shall include efforts to improve predictions of fish stocks, to better conserve and manage living marine resources, to improve predictions of coastal ocean pollution to help correct and prevent degradation of the ocean environment, to promote development of ocean technology to support the effort of science to understand and characterize the role oceans play in global climate and environmental analysis, and to improve predictions of coastal hazards to protect human life and personal property." Originally, the Coastal Ocean Program (COP) was administered as a cross- line office program under the jurisdiction of NOAA's Office of the Chief Scientist. In 1999, the National Ocean Service underwent a reorganization, resulting in the creation of the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Within NCCOS, the Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) was formed, and became the new home of the Coastal Ocean Program. CSCOR became responsible for the administration of the Coastal Ocean Science appropriation within NOAA's budget, as well as certain portions of the Ocean Assessment appropriation. CSCOR also coordinated NOAA's relations with the National Oceanographic Partnership Program, but this responsibility was later moved to the Office of the Chief Scientist.

Goals and Mission: CSCOR/COP provides scientific information to assist decision makers in meeting the challenges of managing our Nation's coastal resources. CSCOR/COP targets critical issues which exist in the Nation's estuaries, coastal waters, and Great Lakes. CSCOR/COP translates its findings into accessible information and the transfer of technology to 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 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.

Last Updated: August 12, 2004

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