With more than 90 percent of the world's ocean still unmapped and unexplored, the need for ocean exploration has never been more critical. NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) provides a unique capability to discover and investigate new ocean areas and phenomena and to conduct the basic research required to capitalize on discoveries. This information can be used to bring new understanding and benefits to research, management, policy, and the public.

The National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) as the coastal division of the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) and provides access to an archive of long-term coastal data and ensures that global oceanographic data sets collected at great cost are maintained in a permanent archive that is easily accessible to the world science community, and retrospective analyses and trend information to help form the basis of environmental predictions and public policy.

The mission statement of NODC is: "To provide scientific stewardship of marine data and information."

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Since its inception, NCDDC has been tasked to work closely with coastal data providers to ensure applicable data standards are employed on all data and associated metadata delivered through NCDDC as well to maintain a catalog of available coastal data and provide access to that data. NCDDC was chartered to broadly work with coastal data providers including Federal, State, local agencies, academic institutions, non-profit organizations and the private sector to create a "unified", long-term collection of coastal data. Most significantly, NCDDC is tasked to have strong science-based capacity and to produce "retrospective analyses and trend information to help form the basis of environmental predictions and public policy."


Contact Information for the NCDD

NOAA National Coastal Data Development Center
Building 1100, Suite 101
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529

Tel: 866-732-2382
Fax: 228-688-2010 or 2968

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