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The mission of the Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts; share that knowledge and information with others; and conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

As described below, several NOAA offices are engaged in activities that help coastal communities identify and minimize the impacts of weather- and climate-related hazards on lives, livelihoods, and coastal ecosystems.

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National Ocean Service

NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS) is the Nation’s ocean and coastal agency. It provides the science-based information and tools that communities need to manage competing demands for ocean and coastal resources while protecting the economic, social, and environmental benefits these resources provide. This information includes reliable, actionable information to help communities adapt to the impacts of coastal hazards and climate change. Authorities include the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), which created the National Coastal Zone Program, a voluntary partnership between NOAA and coastal States and Territories to manage the coasts for sustainable development and resource protection.

Multiple offices within NOS develop data, tools, and other resources that support coastal flood risk identification and management.

National Weather Service

NOAA’s National Weather Service provides weather, water, and climate data, forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and enhancement of the national economy. With some 5,000 employees in 122 weather forecast offices, 13 river forecast centers, nine national centers, and other support offices around the country, NWS provides a national infrastructure to gather and process data worldwide.

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (NOAA Research)

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research works in partnership with other NOAA offices to provide better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. It seeks to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment.

National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) provides timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers, provides data and information services, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.

Last Updated: 
03/05/2015 - 11:01
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