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The Center for the Blue Economy provides free, open-access data and analysis on ocean-related economic activities and resource trends to assist with policy, management, and investment decisions for a wide spectrum of actors.

Maersk ship photo from CBE Summer Fellow Lance Park during fellowship in Denmark with Maersk
Maersk Drilling ship courtesy of CBE Summer Fellow Lance Park during fellowship in Copenhagen, Denmark. "Over the summer I’ve had the great pleasure of being a summer fellow with Maersk Drilling where I dove straight into several issues mainly surrounding air pollution and energy efficiency," writes Lance in his blog.  (Credit: Lance Park )
"Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps" Cover Page, May 2016
"Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning for New England Communities: First Steps and Next Steps," May 2016, research paper cover page

Research and Policy Papers

The Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) staff, in collaboration with faculty and students in the International Environmental Policy program, CBE Visiting Scholars, and colleagues in innovative and well-respected academic and nonprofit organizations produce original research (research papers) and analysis (policy papers) to inform sound ocean and coastal resource management. Center for the Blue Economy research and policy papers are freely available to the public. 

Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics Homepage, part of the Center for the Blue Economy
Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics website homepage, part of the Center for the Blue Economy

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics

The Journal of Ocean and Coastal Economics is a peer-reviewed, open-access, online journal that publishes research on the theory and practice of economics as applied to ocean and coastal resources. With a distinguished editorial board and its open review process, the journal helps to foster an international community of researchers and practitioners. The journal is freely available to all: there are no fees to authors or readers. Contracting with the Middlebury Institute’s world-class student translators, the journal provides abstracts of all papers in Chinese, French, Korean, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish.

National Ocean Economics Program homepage, part of the Center for the Blue Economy
National Ocean Economics Program website homepage, part of the Center for the Blue Economy

National Ocean Economics Program

The National Ocean Economics Program provides the methodological approach and data that informs the center’s research. The National Ocean Economics Program website has attracted thousands of users from all sectors of the economy, and nations around the world. It offers the most current and accurate time series economic data on trends along the U.S. coast, Great Lakes, and coastal waters. It is also a public source of information for ocean natural resource production and values, ports, cargo and shipping, federal ocean expenditures, and, most recently, data on the emerging Arctic economy, mariculture, and offshore renewable energy.

Cemex Sand Mine Monterey Bay
The CEMEX mine on the Monterey Bay uses high tides to push sand into a dredge pond for extraction. (Credit: Karen Loutzenheiser )

Policy Successes

The Center for the Blue Economy provides research and analysis to empower decision makers with a view to sustainable ocean and coastal resource management. We celebrate policy successes where our contribution was one of many factors in sound economic and environmental outcomes. Sea-level rise and climate change threaten major disruptions to economies of the ocean and to coastal communities. The Center for the Blue Economy helps communities better understand the risks they face, offers tools to assess economic vulnerabilities and cost-effective adaptation strategies, and provides information on financial resources to help decision makers plan and act. Our economic data has helped to increase federal funding for ocean research, reverse U.S. policy allowing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic, and support the consideration of a new National Marine Sanctuary spanning 140 miles of California coastline.