The Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA)


The Gulf of Maine is warming faster than 99% of all other marine waters on the planet. The implications for species, biological communities, ecosystem services and coastal communities are significant and largely unknown. In this context, the Northeastern Coastal Stations Alliance (NeCSA) was formed to investigate and document change across the Gulf of Maine.

Who we are:

NeCSA member stations span the Gulf of Maine from Southern New England to Nova Scotia, Canada. These facilities support:

  • Support and conduct field-based and transdisciplinary research;

  • Are committed to collecting long-term environmental data; and,

  • Train students of all ages.

We are working to integrate our efforts with others in coastal New England, and to effectively communicate scientific findings to the communities in which we are embedded.

We care deeply about the Gulf of Maine and are aware of climate-change impacts affecting both fundamental ecosystem processes and coastal communities.


Research, innovation, and discovery enhanced by collaboration across the Gulf of Maine.


To interpret nearshore environmental change and foster transformative understanding of the Gulf of Maine.

What we do:

Research: Our work supports and enhances existing research efforts by offering place-based, fine-scale data across the spatial extent of the Gulf of Maine. Member stations and institutions do research within a variety of habitat types, and with research programs of various durations.

Training: We provide undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to gain a broad understanding of the Gulf of Maine by experiencing ecological systems at both a variety of field stations, and by engaging in on-going research programs at specific sites.

Outreach: We are embedded in communities who are deeply invested in sustaining the places they love. We are committed to communicating our findings to surrounding communities and decision-makers, and to further public awareness and understanding of coastal change in the Gulf of Maine.