Alliance For Coastal Technologies - Organization


Headquarters for ACT is located at the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory and is staffed by the personnel listed below. ACT Headquarters coordinates all activities and oversees the technology evaluations, website, technology database, and information transfer. Headquarters staff also coordinate with other programs such as NOAA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ocean.US, NSF, and CICEET.

The ACT Board of Directors is the formal program governing body. They establish program foci, provide program vision, and foster links with the broader community. The ACT Board of Directors consists of the Lead Principal Investigator, the Co-Chairs of the Stakeholders Council, and the Principal Investigators of all ACT Partner Institutions (listed below) as voting members. Ex-officio, non-voting members of the Board include representatives from NOAA Coastal Services Center and the ACT Executive Director.

The Stakeholders Council was created to foster the interactive flow of information and ideas among the various user groups and disciplines critical to the success of ACT. Up to 21 Council members are recruited from private sector companies, environmental management agencies, and NGOs representing geographic and sector diversity. The Council members participate actively as representatives of the greater coastal community in planning and decision making to help ensure that ACT focuses on service-oriented activities.

There are currently eight ACT Partner institutions around the country with coastal technology expertise that represent a broad range of environmental conditions for testing. The Partner institutions help identify technologies to be evaluated and themes for workshops. They are also responsible for defining and conducting regional outreach activities and serve as information conduits to the broader coastal science and management communities. The following represent the eight ACT Partners:

  • Alaska SeaLife Center (UA/ASLC)
  • Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System (GoMOOS)
  • Moss Landing Marine Laboratories (MLML/MBARI)
  • Skidaway Institute of Oceanography (SkIO)
  • UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory (CBL) and ACT Headquarters Location
  • University of South Florida (USF)
  • School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology (SOEST)
  • Cooperative Institute for Limnology & Ecosystems Research (CILER)

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