The California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) was established in 2008 to integrate systemwide expertise and resources and promote research that advances our knowledge of ocean and coastal systems. Today, COAST is an active and robust community of hundreds of CSU faculty members, researchers, and students from diverse disciplines actively working to answer questions about our oceans and coasts and address our most pressing challenges.
At its core, COAST provides several critical functions that serve the CSU, the state of California, and national and international communities:
COAST faculty members and students work in ocean and coastal settings throughout California, along the west coast of the U.S., and internationally. Their research includes
COAST's programmatic goals are to
COAST has identified four strategic priorities that guide its overall activities in order to achieve its goals.
Please see our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan for additional detail.