NOS makes an important contribution to global marine and coastal health at a time when human and natural pressures are projected to place steadily increasing strains on the oceans. These strains stem from trends such as rising coastal populations, growing pressure on habitat and its productivity, and increasing reliance on international shipping and ocean transport.
Among the world’s ocean agencies, NOS sees an opportunity to lead by example and help our international partners address similar coastal and ocean pressures in a way that promotes food security, economic prosperity, and preservation of marine biodiversity.
The International Program Office (IPO) works across NOS to fulfill its international vision of:
An informed global community that uses a comprehensive understanding of the role of the oceans, coasts, and atmosphere in the global ecosystem to make the best social and economic decisions.