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The CSU Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) is the umbrella organization for marine, coastal and coastal watershed-related activities within the California State University (CSU).

COAST promotes research and education to advance our knowledge of marine and coastal resources and the processes that affect them. As a group we also disseminate scientific information to stakeholders for informed decision-making and the development of responsible policy across California.

COAST faculty members and students work in marine and coastal settings throughout California, along the west coast of the U.S., and internationally. Their research includes:

  • The open and coastal ocean.
  • Coastal zones such as bays, estuaries and beaches.
  • Coastal watersheds where there are clear and direct linkages between the organism, material or process in the watershed and the coast or ocean.​


COAST Priorities

COAST has identified four strategic priorities that guide its overall activities. Please see our 2016-2021 Strategic Plan​ for additional detail.

  • Provide funding and opportunities to CSU faculty members and students to advance coastal, marine and coastal watershed research and education.
  • Train CSU students to successfully join a highly skilled, technologically sophisticated workforce and ensure the success of students from all backgrounds.
  • Serve as a primary resource for informed decision-making in government, industry and local communities.
  • Communicate the activities, successes and impact of COAST members to stakeholders and the public.