Coordination is an essential element of integrated ocean and coastal mapping. NOAA embraces a cooperative approach to the suite of activities needed to implement integrated mapping, and actively partners within and outside of the agency.
Within NOAA, the NOAA IOCM Coordination Team and IOCM Program work together to meet NOAA's mapping needs, modify projects to meet more than one objective, and improve NOAA's ability to use data for multiple applications (i.e., bathymetry for charting and bottom type for habitat mapping).
NOAA also partners with federal, state, and local governments and non-governmental organizations to develop mapping standards and techniques, improve data management and access, and implement cooperative projects. These partnerships include specific projects, joint research efforts, and established ocean policy groups such as the federal Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping.