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OCEANS

OCEANS DOMAIN OVERVIEW


Oceans

The primary clients of this Domain will be the offices of the National Ocean Service (NOS). The NOS’ mission is to provide science-based solutions through collaborative partnerships with industry to address evolving economic, environmental, and social pressures on our ocean and coasts. NOS has identified three priorities that reflect the primary statutory and mission drivers and reflect NOAA’s commitment to navigation services, coastal research and observations, emergency response, and place-based conservation programs.

Coastal resilience: preparedness, response, and recovery. From oil spills and vessel groundings to hurricanes and marine debris, NOS provides world-class science and services in support of resilient and healthy coastal communities, economies, and ecosystems. In light of increasing threats to our coasts, coastal resiliency has become a national priority. NOS supports and informs improved decision making and end-to-end coastal preparedness, response, recovery, and resiliency.

Coastal intelligence: Whether it is the nation's nautical charts, environmental monitoring and assessment, or socioeconomic tools, NOS and their industry partners are committed to integrating science and services to provide actionable information. The goal is to increase ocean and coastal 'intelligence' and thereby improve the ability of public and private decision makers to make informed choices.

Place-based conservation: Conserving coastal places provides economic benefits to local communities. These communities rely on dollars spent on activities such as recreation and tourism. NOS works to conserve marine areas and preserve the economic benefits of these special places to local communities through its coastal management and place-based conservation programs. These include Coastal Zone Management, the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, National Marine Sanctuaries, and the Coral Reef Conservation Program.

ProTech-Oceans Domain will enable NOS to acquire services across the full range of program management, professional scientists, technical experts, consultants, and administrative support to provide professional and technical services on a timely basis. The services provided under ProTech will support NOS worldwide. Additional information about NOAA’s National Ocean Service is available at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/.