Think tank for the future of coastal cities.

One in five people in the U.S. live in coastal cities.

More than 65 million people live in U.S. coastal cities, of which nearly 60% are people of color. The coastal economy supports 58.3 million jobs and contributes $9.5 trillion to our total GDP, and the ocean has the potential to provide up to 35% of the climate solutions we need.

We are unprepared for rising seas and storms, and historically disadvantaged communities are often hit first and worst.

Our safety, economies, cultures, and communities are at risk.


Urban Ocean Lab cultivates rigorous, creative, equitable, and practical climate and ocean solutions for coastal cities.

We envision climate-ready coastal cities implementing effective policy solutions, ensuring environmental justice for coastal communities, and serving as models for state and federal policy change.

We develop equitable policy solutions at the intersection of climate, cities, and coasts.

Coastal Ecosystems

Offshore Renewable Energy


Community Resilience

Climate-Driven Relocation

What We Do

Develop policy solutions

We research, analyze, and develop policy solutions for more climate-ready coastal cities.

Disseminate ideas

We disseminate ideas, and design materials for communication and engagement.

Foster a community of practice

We foster a community of practice to scale up climate action efforts.

Curate a resource hub

We curate an open-access resource hub with essential information for policymakers, community organizations, and other practitioners. 


Urban Ocean Lab is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit that cultivates rigorous, creative, equitable, and practical climate and ocean policy for the future of coastal cities.

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