The Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (CSCOR) develops and improves predictive capabilities for managing the Nation’s use of its coastal resources through competitive research programs. CSCOR also supports efforts to translate the results of its research investments, and those of others, into accessible and useful information for coastal managers, planners, lawmakers, and the public to help balance the needs of economic growth with those of conserving the resources of our Nation’s Great Lakes, estuaries, and coastal ocean.
CSCOR provides a focal point for coastal ocean research within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). Together with partners within NOAA and other organizations responsible for coastal resources, CSCOR advances the scientific understanding needed to protect coastal resources and ensure their viability for future generations. This increased understanding of the Great Lakes and coastal ocean directly benefits the management of U.S. coastal resources, and helps NOAA, other federal agencies, and state, tribal, and local governments achieve their coastal stewardship responsibilities.