Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment, National Ocean Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
The Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment (CCMA), located in Silver Spring, Maryland, conducts research monitoring, surveys and assessments of coastal environmental quality. CCMA's considerable expertise includes NOAA's National Status and Trends Program, the Biogeography Program and the Physical Environmental Characterization Program. These programs bring extensive national databases, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), coastal assessments, and more than 700 books, atlases, journal articles, and agency technical memoranda published on coastal monitoring and assessment to CCMA. This expertise and information supports NOAA's coastal stewardship role in sustaining healthy coasts, providing safe navigation, and supporting fisheries management (e.g., the determination of essential fish habitats).