The ocean covers about 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, and life on this planet depends heavily on the ocean. We celebrate its vast being and presence each year on June 8. With CSS so heavily dedicated to Earth and environmental science, it makes sense that many CSS employee owners are deeply embedded in ocean science, from tidal ecosystems to deeper sea benthic communities. Below are a few projects our staff are involved in to assess ocean health and help make the ocean a healthier place for life on this planet. 

  • Restoring marsh ecosystems 
  • Assessing the ocean economy 
  • Conserving shallow coral communities affected by stony coral tissue loss disease 
  • Mapping, assessing, and restoring mesophotic and deep benthic communities  
  • Developing suitability models to inform BOEM’s selection of offshore wind energy areas 
  • Managing ocean data and tools to inform ocean planning and offshore renewable energy 
  • Forecasting, monitoring, and detecting harmful algal blooms 
  • Mapping and assessing seagrass and kelp and other coastal habitats 
  • Assessing ocean toxins and pollutants through shellfish sampling 

Through several contracts with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CSS employee owners are dedicated to protecting our ocean, its ecosystems, and life that depends on it.

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