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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230

202-482-2985
http://www.noaa.gov

UNDER SECRETARY, OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE Timothy Gallaudet, Acting
Deputy Under Secretary, Operations / Chief Operating Officer Benjamin Friedman

Assistant Secretary, Environmental Observation and Prediction Neil Jacobs
Chief Scientist Craig N. McLean, Acting
https://www.noaa.gov/about/organization

The above list of key personnel was updated 11–2018.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was formed on October 3, 1970, by Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970 (5 U.S.C. app.).

NOAA's mission centers on environmental assessment, prediction, and stewardship. It monitors and assesses the state of the environment to make accurate and timely forecasts to protect life, property, and natural resources; to promote the Nation's economic health; and to enhance its environmental security. The agency protects America's ocean, coastal, and living marine resources while promoting sustainable economic development.

http://www.noaa.gov/our-mission-and-vision

Marine and Aviation Operations

The Office of Marine and Aviation Operations manages the aviation safety, the small boat, and the NOAA diving programs. It also operates a fleet of specialized ships and aircraft that collect data and carry out research to support NOAA's mission, the Global Earth Observation System, and the Integrated Ocean Observing System—including flying "hurricane hunter" aircraft into the most turbulent storms to collect data critical for research.

http://www.omao.noaa.gov/about.html

National Coastal Resources

The National Ocean Service helps balance the Nation's use of coastal resources through research, management, and policy. The Service monitors the health of U.S. coasts by examining how human use and natural events affect coastal ecosystems. Coastal communities rely on the Service for information on natural hazards so they can reduce or eliminate destructive effects of coastal hazards. The Service assesses the damage caused by hazardous material spills and tries to restore or replace the affected coastal resources. The Service also protects beaches, water quality, wetlands, and wildlife. It provides a wide range of navigational products and data that help vessels move safely through U.S. waters, and it supplies the basic information for establishing the latitude, longitude, and elevation framework necessary for the Nation's mapping, navigation, positioning, and surveying activities.

http://www.nos.noaa.gov

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information

The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service operates the Nation's civilian geostationary and polar-orbiting environmental satellites. It also manages the largest collection of atmospheric, climatic, geophysical, and oceanographic data in the world. The Service develops and provides, through various media, environmental data for forecasts, national security, and weather warnings to protect life and property. These data are also used for energy distribution, global food supplies development, natural resources management, and rescuing downed pilots and mariners in distress.

http://www.nesdis.noaa.gov/about_nesdis.html

National Marine Fisheries

The National Marine Fisheries Service supports the management, conservation, and sustainable development of domestic and international living marine resources and the protection and restoration of ecosystems. The Service helps assess the stock of the Nation's multi-billion-dollar marine fisheries, protect marine mammals and threatened species, conserve habitats, assist trade and industry, and conduct fishery enforcement activities.

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov

National Weather

The National Weather Service (NWS) provides weather, water, and climate warnings and forecasts and data for the United States, its territories, and adjacent waters and ocean areas. Government agencies, the private sector, the general public, and the global community rely on NWS data and products to protect life and property. Working with partners in Government, academic and research institutions, and private industry, the Service responds to the needs of the American public through its products and services. NWS data and information support aviation, maritime activities, and other sectors of the economy, as well as wildfire suppression. The Service also helps national security efforts with long- and short-range forecasts, air quality and cloud dispersion forecasts, and broadcasts of warnings and critical information over the 800-station NOAA Weather Radio network.

http://www.weather.gov

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research conducts research on air quality and composition, climate variability and change, weather, and coastal, marine, and Great Lakes ecosystems. The Office uses its own laboratories and offices to run research programs in atmospheric, coastal, marine, and space sciences, as well as relying on networks of university-based programs across the country.

http://www.oar.noaa.gov

Sources of Information

Career Opportunities

A career at NOAA is a mission-oriented experience that centers on protecting natural resources, safeguarding the public, and strengthening the economy.

https://www.noaa.gov/resource-collections/careers-technology

Opportunities are available for students, teachers, and volunteers.

https://www.noaa.gov/work-with-us

In 2017, NOAA ranked 162d among 339 agency subcomponents in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

https://bestplacestowork.org/rankings/detail/CM54

Climate Change

The National Climate Assessment assesses the science of climate change and variability and how a climate in flux is affecting the United States today and how it will affect the country even more in the future.

https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Any person has a right to obtain access to Federal agency records; however, some records, or portions of them, may be shielded from disclosure by one of nine FOIA exemptions or by one of three special law enforcement exclusions.

https://www.noaa.gov/foia-freedom-of-information-act

Before submitting a FOIA request, an information seeker should search the electronic reading room to determine if the desired information already may be in the public domain.

https://www.noaa.gov/foia-reading-room

Maritime Archaeology

Visit the "Maritime Archaeology" web page to learn about discovering shipwrecks and safeguarding them.

https://www.noaa.gov/topic-tags/maritime-archaeology

NOAA Nationwide

NOAA facilities—as well as personnel and the activities and programs they manage—are located throughout the Nation in various States and Territories.

https://www.legislative.noaa.gov/NIYS/

Organizational Chart

NOAA's organizational chart is available in Portable Document Format (PDF) for viewing and downloading.

https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/2018%20-%20NOAA%20-%20Org%20Chart-0917.pdf

Social Media

NOAA relies on social media to share information and to promote understanding of its science, service, and stewardship-oriented mission.

https://www.noaa.gov/stay-connected

Staff Directory

The NOAA staff directory is available online.

https://nsd.rdc.noaa.gov/

Weather

The NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards network broadcasts continuous weather information nationwide from the nearest National Weather Service office. The network broadcasts official Weather Service forecasts, warnings, watches, and other hazard information around the clock every day.

http://www.nws.noaa.gov/nwr
http://www.noaa.gov/media.html

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