Measuring Success | Contextual Indicators

Contextual Indicators

The Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) Performance Measurement System includes a suite of "contextual" indicators on the status of coastal societies, economies, environments, and natural hazards.  Contextual indicator data supplement performance measurement data collected by state coastal zone management programs and give context to state activities by illustrating the many pressures on coastal areas.

New contextual indicator data are collected annually from existing data sets by NOAA's office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) and the NOAA Coastal Services Center.  Data are provided at the national, regional, and state levels where possible.

The contextual indicators were developed collaboratively by state and federal partners.  Additional details on the contextual indicators are available in the Contextual Indicator Manual, which includes information on the data sources used, analyses performed, and other methodological information. 

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