The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) is a non-profit organization established in 1987 to advance the work of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 29 coastal sites designated to protect and study estuarine systems.
The Digital Coast Partnership brings together federal, non-profit, and business partners with a central goal: to ensure data and resources are easily accessible to decision-makers along our coasts. The relatively small investments in this all-partner effort repay dividends in many outcomes, such as informed decisions. All 29 research reserves have free access to the data and tools. More importantly, this collection of data and tools helps communities reduce their risk to current and future hazards. Users from more than 4,000 coastal communities use Digital Coast to obtain the data, tools, and training that help businesses, individuals, and decision-makers understand what is happening in their region of the coast.
The research reserves that are vulnerable to storms, hazardous events, and other coastal changes have used Digital Coast data and tools to help inform rebuilding and resilience planning decisions. As hazards affect the people and industries that are on the coast, there is more of a need than ever for this essential service to be as robust as possible to further inform and educate coastal communities.
NERRA supports training through the National Estuarine Research Reserves Coastal Training Program. The coastal training program at each reserve helps local coastal officials identify solutions and make informed choices by bringing relevant science and expertise to bear on local environmental issues.