Coastal Links: National

California Current Acidification Network (C-CAN)
A collaborative effort between members of the West Coast shellfish industry and scientists to explore what is causing shellfish losses on the Pacific coast.

Coastal Data Information Program (CDIP)
CDIP measures, analyzes, archives and disseminates coastal environment data for use by coastal engineers, planners, resource managers, scientists and mariners.

Coastal Observing Research and Development Center (CORDC)
CORDC focuses on the development of new technologies and their application for basic and applied sciences.

Consortium for Ocean Leadership
The Consortium for Ocean Leadership is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit organization that represents 94 of the leading public and private ocean research and education institutions, aquaria and industry with the mission to advance research, education and sound ocean policy.

EarthCube is a community-based project to create a knowledge management system and infrastructure that integrates all geosciences data in an open, transparent and inclusive manner.

Integrated Ocean Observing System
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) provides continuous data on our open oceans, coastal waters, and Great Lakes to scientists, managers, businesses, governments, and the public to support research and inform decision-making.

Joint Ocean Commission Initiative (JOCI)
JOCI works with people and organizations at the national, regional, state, and local levels to effect meaningful ocean policy reform.

Lenfest Ocean Program
The Lenfest Ocean Program supports scientific research on living marine resources to inform policy.

Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center
MATE works through regional partnerships to help to create new curricula, collect information from employers, and share 'best practices' related to Marine Technology Education.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch
The Monterey Bay Aquarium developed Seafood Watch, a program designed to raise consumer awareness about the importance of buying seafood from sustainable sources.

Multipurpose Marine Cadastre (MMC)
An integrated marine information system that provides jurisdictional, legal, physical, ecological, and human use data in a common geographic information system (GIS) framework. The MMC was designed specifically to support renewable energy siting on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf but is also being used for other ocean-related efforts, including coastal and marine spatial planning.

National Ocean Council
The National Ocean Council provides sustained, high-level, and coordinated attention to ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes issues and focuses on actions to advance the integrated National Policy for the stewardship of the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes.

National Ocean Economics Program
The National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) provides a full range of the most current economic and socio-economic information available on changes and trends along the U.S. coast and in coastal waters.

Pew Charitable Trusts-Protecting Ocean Life
The Pew Charitable Trusts’ marine work is aimed at preserving the biological integrity of marine ecosystems.


Restore America's Estuaries
Restore America's Estuaries is a national nonprofit organization established as an alliance of eleven community-based conservation organizations working to protect and restore the vital habitats of our nationís estuaries.

U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy
The Commission’s mandate was to establish findings and develop recommendations for a new and comprehensive national ocean policy.

U.S. Global Change Research Program
The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) coordinates and integrates federal research on changes in the global environment and their implications for society.

  • Global Climate Change Impacts in the United States This report represents a consensus of 13 agencies developed over a year and half         and summarizes the science and the impacts of climate change on the United States, now and in the future.

University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS)
An organization of 61 academic institutions and National Laboratories involved in oceanographic research and joined for the purpose of coordinating oceanographic ships' schedules and research facilities.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI): Frequently Asked Questions About Ocean Acidification
WHOI has collected and organized input from 63 scientists representing 47 institutions and 12 countries to produce a concise summary of the state of ocean acidification knowledge.