Alliance for Coastal Technologies

ACT logoThe Alliance for Coastal Technologies (ACT) is a NOAA-funded partnership of research institutions, resource managers, and private sector companies dedicated to fostering the development and adoption of effective and reliable sensors and platforms.

ACT is committed to providing the information required to select the most appropriate tools for studying and monitoring coastal environments. Priorities include transitioning emerging technologies to operational use rapidly and effectively; maintaining a dialogue among technology users, developers, and providers; identifying technology needs and novel technologies; documenting technology performance and potential; and providing the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS) with information required for the deployment of reliable and cost-effective networks.

ACT Services include:

  • Third-party testbed for quantitatively evaluating the performance of new and existing coastal technologies in the laboratory and under diverse environmental conditions.
  • Capacity building through technology specific workshops that review the current state of instrumentation, build consensus on future directions, and enhance communications between users and developers.
  • Information clearinghouse through a searchable online database of environmental technologies and community discussion boards.

ACT is organized to ensure geographic and sector involvement:

  • Headquarters is located at the UMCES Chesapeake Biological Laboratory, Solomons, Md.
  • Board of Directors is made up of Partner Institution, Stakeholders Council, and NOAA/CSC representatives to establish ACT foci and program vision.
  • 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 ACT Stakeholder Council is comprised of resource managers and industry representatives who ensure that ACT focuses on service-oriented activities.

Learn more from the ACT website.