You're Invited: NOS Strategic Plan Listening Session

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NOAA's National Ocean Service

Dear Partners and Colleagues,

I cordially invite you and other leaders/staff from your organization to attend our virtual strategic planning listening session on Tuesday, September 27, 2022, from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time (ET)

NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) is in the early stages of developing a new strategic plan. We are seeking early input from our valued partners as we begin to develop and define our long-term goals, objectives, and opportunities. Please consider the four priorities identified below and bring your ideas to the NOS Strategic Planning Listening Session.

Registration Information: The meeting will be held virtually using Adobe Connect. Participants may also join the meeting by phone using this toll-free number: 877-462-2185 with the passcode 9687178. To register for the meeting please use this link: (Please use this URL to test your computer's setup before the meeting.)

Participants are encouraged to sign-up to speak when you register. You may also contact Michelle Rome by email at or phone at 240-533-0669. 

When signing up to speak, please indicate which topic(s) you would like to provide input, including:

  • Conserve, Restore, Connect, 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility, 
  • Coastal Resilience, 
  • New Blue Economy, or
  • Other Input 

For additional information regarding these topics, please see below.

Participants may also sign up to speak during the meeting. However, priority will be given to participants that pre-register to speak. 

I look forward to your participation,

Paul M. Scholz

Deputy Assistant Administrator 

Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management

National Ocean Service



Priority Areas for NOS’ Strategic Plan 

Conserve, Restore, Connect: 

America’s ocean and coasts are facing significant and increasing pressures from human activity and climate change. NOS would like to hear your ideas on what is most needed to mitigate stressors, enhance degraded ecosystems, restore lost benefits, and provide value-added products and services that facilitate sustainable use. How can NOS data, observations, and scientific expertise be best utilized to achieve these aims? We’d also like to hear from you on how conserving and restoring ecosystems can address the causes and effects of the climate crisis.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Justice, and Accessibility:

Diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and accessibility are fundamental principles that underpin NOS values and how we conduct our mission, guiding our actions today and into the future. To ensure our mission benefits more communities across the nation and serves all people fairly and responsibly, NOS is interested in hearing your thoughts on how we can improve our efforts to equitably provide our data, products, and services. We’d also like your thoughts on how we can better leverage the various expertise and abilities of our external partners and additional organizations to attract, recruit and retain a diverse, highly-capable workforce, especially for future mission needs.

Coastal Resilience:

U.S. coastal States, territories, communities, economies, and ecosystems are facing an array of event-based and long-term coastal hazards, including the impacts of changing water levels, land subsidence, marine debris, oil and chemical spills, harmful algal blooms, ocean acidification, and marine heat waves. Risk-informed decision making requires accurate and authoritative data, observations, modeling, mapping, and services that quantify and clearly communicate the drivers of coastal flood risk. NOS addresses this need by providing equitable access to actionable, authoritative data, products, and services relevant to coastal conditions and change that helps communities plan for both the near- and long-term resilience and adaptation of the nation's coasts in a changing climate. How can NOS coastal and ocean data, modeling, predictions, training, grants, tools, services, and products better support communities to prepare for increased near and long-term threats? How can we help ensure the equitable delivery of resilience information and resources to historically underserved communities?  

New Blue Economy: 

NOS envisions a sustainable and equitable ocean and coastal economy that optimizes advances in science and technology to create value-added, data-driven economic opportunities and solutions to pressing societal needs. The New Blue Economy is focused on applying science and technology, especially the vast amounts of data and information they yield, to catalyze public and private sector innovation. By promoting U.S. development of new and improved data-derived products and services, NOS hopes to ensure that the nation has access to better tools to inform decision making across all Blue Economy sectors. How can NOS better support and accelerate the growth of the New Blue Economy? How can NOS support efforts to ensure there is a diverse and available talent pool and workforce that is essential to the success of the New Blue Economy?

Please note, the meeting will not be recorded. However, public comments, including any associated names, will be captured in the minutes of the meeting and will be maintained by the NOS as part of its administrative record, and may be subject to release pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act. By signing up to provide a comment, you agree that these communications, including your name and comment, will be maintained as described here. 


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