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There are many ways federal agencies collaborate both with each other and with partners, especially where the needs to advance capabilities, knowledge, or basic research are shared.

This article is part of the July-August 2021 issue of the Sound Waves newsletter.

During the recent Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (SOST) Workshop on Coastal Resilience, a session called “Interagency Coordination Mechanisms” highlighted ways that interagency programs coordinate and collaborate across multiple areas of government and research. Two notable programs that have a focus on harnessing interagency coordination to promote advancements in coastal resilience are: the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP) and the United States Coastal Research Program (USCRP).

Tom Drake of the Office of Naval Research (ONR) gave an overview of the NOPP, provided examples of programs it supports, and focus areas in which they align with Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) priorities. These priorities include changing conditions in the Arctic, resilient coastal communities (through reducing risk and vulnerability, empowering local and regional capabilities, and preparing for disasters), advancing autonomous observing, and observations from space.

Hilary Stockdon of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) presented an overview of the U.S. National Coastal Research Program on behalf of the other USCRP co-leads Julie Rosati of the (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and Nicole Elko of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA). Created in 2014, the USCRP has focused on filling gaps in coastal research so coastal communities have the science they need to create resilient coasts. Examples of USCRP work includes enhancing funding opportunities for academics, developing societally relevant research for specific user communities like coastal planners, and translating science for users such as emergency managers and policymakers.

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The U.S. Coastal Research Program highlighted several results from collaborative interagency efforts during the virtual Subcommittee for Ocean Science and Technology Coastal Resilience Workshop in June 2021.(Credit: Ann Tihansky, USGS. Public domain.)

The National Oceanographic Partnership Program

NOPP facilitates partnerships between federal agencies, academia, and industry to advance ocean science research and education. Through this collaboration, federal agencies can leverage resources to invest in priorities that fall between agency missions or that are too large for any single agency to support.

Since 1997, NOPP has funded over 200 projects that address our nation’s economic development, national security, quality of life, and science education. NOPP projects span a broad range of topics in oceanographic research, including environmental monitoring, ocean exploration, earth systems modeling, technology development, and marine resource management.

Member agencies include: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Office of Naval Research (ONR), National Science Foundation (NSF), Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)



The United States Coastal Research Program

The goal of the U.S. Coastal Research Program (USCRP) is to build a community of practice to address societal needs along the coast.  USCRP is a collaboration of Federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders that aims to identify research priorities, enhance funding for academic programs, foster collaboration, and promote science translation.

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Member agencies include: USGS, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE), BOEM, American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (USNRC), NASA, National Park Service (NPS), NOAA, Coastal States Organization (CSO), U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (USNRL), Deparment of Energy (DOE), ONR, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

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Learn more about how the USCRP fosters collaboration among Federal agencies, academics, and stakeholders to develop a national coastal research program that addresses communities’ challenges. Visit the storymap on-line:…: Jessie Straub, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.)


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