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NCCOS provides research, scientific information and tools to help balance the Nation's ecological, social and economic goals.  Our partnerships with local and national coastal managers are essential in providing science and services to benefit communities and the Nation. The research and tools we provide are central to addressing coastal issues raised in legislation and NOAA's priorities.  We help coastal communities protect themselves from harmful algae, contamination of their water and the implications of a changing climate.  We also provide the research necessary for communities to develop effective and sustainable management of their resources.