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When urgent new questions arise, Sea Grant calls on this network for science‐based solutions.

 Sea Grant researchers support cutting-edge research in the areas of coastal processes, hazards, energy sources, climate change, storm water management and tourism. 

Sea Grant Collection

Visit the Sea Grant Collection at the NOAA Central Library to access Sea Grant research and educational materials over the years. 

Research Topic Highlights

Within each of Sea Grant’s four focus areas, there are specific initiatives taken based on national and local needs as well as emerging issues. Each of the pages below provides highlights of the hot issue listed.
Coastal Hazards Preparedness
Coastal Tourism
Blue Carbon
Ocean Acidification
Oyster Restoration

Integrated Efforts

Sea Grant Legal Research and Extension

Sea Grant has a network of lawyers working on a host of coastal, ocean and Great Lakes law and policy topics to address community needs. These diverse topics range from matters such as sea level rise and climate adaptation, to public access to the shoreline and the water, to the application of maritime law in marine and coastal industries.

Sea Grant Community Science Network

The Sea Grant Community Science Network facilitates interaction among nation-wide Sea Grant initiatives and provides professional development training for community science practitioners. With over 80 projects, Sea Grant is a vital collaborator and resource in the field.

From Our Community

The Importance of Sea Grant Research

Much like the Land Grant model, Sea Grant accomplishes its mission through a three pronged approach of research, outreach and education. The Sea Grant network establishes and coordinates research agendas in topic areas including coastal and estuarine dynamics, aquaculture, recreational and commercial fisheries, ocean and water resource law and policy, marine- and Great Lakes-related social science, and aquatic biotechnology. The synergistic interplay of use-inspired research, conducted by many of the nation’s finest scholars, with sustained and timely delivery of that knowledge to a variety of stakeholders to help solve problems and inform decision-making, is key to the success of the Sea Grant model.

Research by the Numbers

Researchers refers to total number of Sea Grant-affiliated researchers. Metrics reported in Summer 2023 for work conducted February 1, 2022 to January 31, 2023. Click below to see the 2016-2022 Research Summary.


Featured Research

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Images of Sea Grant's work in research, education and extension provided by (from left to right) Wisconsin, Guam and Florida Sea Grant programs. Design by Hallee Meltzer | National Sea Grant Office.

Sea Grant takes center stage in Oceanography special issue

NOAA Sea Grant-funded research and work with coastal and Great Lakes communities across the nation are being highlighted in a special issue of “Oceanography,” the official journal of The Oceanography Society. 

This special issue, published in April 2024, features 36 articles contributed by Sea Grant authors across 29 programs and the NOAA National Sea Grant Office. 

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Check our latest funding opportunities to see how you can take your research further with Sea Grant.

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