The National Ocean Economics Program (NOEP) is 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 Middlebury College. 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.


  • To link the nature, scope, and value of human activities to the environmental state of the coast and coastal oceans.
  • 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 coastal ocean.

Services Provided by the National Ocean Economics Program

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

  • 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
  • Non-market Valuation Studies Bibliographies
  • Population & Housing data
  • Maritime Transport (Ports & Cargo) Data
  • Arctic Ocean Economy
    • Arctic Fisheries Data
  • Offshore Renewable Energy Projects
  • Federal Marine Expenditures Data

How to Cite NOEP Data

Please remember to cite NOEP for information obtained from us or our website.
To cite the NOEP website, please follow this format:

							  Author. Title (edition), TYPE OF MEDIUM. Date of publication.
							  Available: Uniform Resource Locator. [Access date].

NOEP Research Team

Professor Jason Scorse, Program Director
Jason Scorse
Associate Professor; Program Chair, International Environmental Policy; Director, Center for the Blue Economy
Tel: (831) 647-3548
Office: Craig Building K22
Dr. Charles Colgan, Research Director
Charles Colgan
Research Director, Center for the Blue Economy (CBE)
(831) 647-4616
Craig Building CR2
Pat Johnston
Patrick (Pat) Johnston
Data Manager, Center for the Blue Economy
Tel: (831) 647-4191
Office: Craig Building CR-12
Rahcel Christopherson, Office Manager
Rachel Christopherson
Program Manager, Center for the Blue Economy
Tel: (831) 647-4183
Office: Craig Building K22
Anthony Castelletto, Research Associate
Anthony Castelletto
Research Associate, Center for the Blue Economy
(831) 264-5201
Office: Craig Building CR20