The National Ocean Economics Program
The National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) is now the main research arm of the
Center for the Blue Economy at the Middlebury Institute of
International Studies at Monterey. NOEP provides a full range of the most
current economic and socioeconomic information available on changes
and trends along the U.S. coast and in coastal waters. The program
is funded by private donations and the Monterey Institute. Plans are
currently underway to expand NOEP's scope internationally and to
include additional datasets so that NOEP can become an even greater
resource for ocean and coastal economic analysis.
What service or product does the NOEP provide?
To link the nature, scope, and value of human
activities to the environmental state of the coast and coastal
To present useful information on the economics and the natural and
social resources of the coast and coastal oceans.
To provide useful data that demonstrates the interdependence between
the health of the U.S. economy and the health of the coast and
The NOEP research program compiles information
about economic and social patterns in the coast and coastal oceans.
Researchers, primarily economists, policy analysts, and computers
scientists, identify, collect and formulate primary and secondary
source information, then analyze and interpret it. This information
undergoes a rigorous review process for accuracy and utility, and is
delivered in a range of formats through a publicly available,
Web-based information system. Additional products such as state
summaries, customized trends analyses, and forecasting are provided
at a negotiated fee.
Current databases include:
How is the NOEP useful?
Market value data
OceanEconomy data (1990-2004 data compiled by NOEP — for the years 2005 and following
generated by the
NOAA Office of Coastal Management
Coastal Economy data (compiled by NOEP from public BLS and BEA datasets)
Natural Resources data
- Population & Housing data
- Maritime Transport (Ports & Cargo) data
Federal Marine Expenditures data
The NOEP analyzes the economic contribution of
the coast and coastal ocean by sector and geography over time and
serves the needs of decision-makers and the public by assisting with
investment and management decisions that attempt to balance
conservation, preservation, and growth in coastal areas and coastal