The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is the umbrella organization for marine, coastal and coastal watershed related activities within the California State University (CSU).

COAST promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them. As a group we also disseminate scientific information to stakeholders for informed decision-making and the development of responsible policy across California.

COAST faculty members and students work in marine and coastal settings throughout California, along the west coast of the U.S., and internationally. Their research includes

  • The open and coastal ocean.
  • Coastal zones such as bays, estuaries and beaches.
  • Coastal watersheds where the organism, material or process being studied in the watershed has a clear and direct impact on the downstream marine environment.​

COAST Goals & Priorities

COAST's programmatic goals are to

  • Advance our knowledge of coastal and marine resources and the processes that affect them.
  • Develop innovative solutions to the economic, sociological, ecological and technological challenges that our coastal zone faces.
  • Promote environmental literacy to foster stewardship and sustainable use of our coast.

COAST has identified four strategic priorities that guide its overall activities in order to achieve its goals.

  • Provide funding and opportunities to CSU faculty members and students to advance coastal, marine and coastal watershed research and education.
  • Train CSU students to successfully join a highly skilled, technologically sophisticated workforce and ensure the success of students from all backgrounds.
  • Serve as a primary resource for informed decision-making in government, industry and local communities.
  • Communicate the activities, successes and impact of COAST members to stakeholders and the public.

 Please see our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan​ for additional detail.