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About NOAA Research

NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth.

Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)—or “NOAA Research”—provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet.

Working in partnership with other organizational units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth.

Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.

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Could drying the stratosphere help cool the planet?

While human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are by far the most important driver of climate change, water vapor is actually the most abundant greenhouse gas, and is responsible for about half of Earth’s natural greenhouse effect – the one that keeps our planet habitable.

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Could drying the stratosphere help cool the planet?

While human-caused carbon dioxide emissions are by far the most important driver of climate change, water vapor is actually the most abundant greenhouse gas, and is responsible for about half of Earth’s natural greenhouse effect – the one that keeps our planet habitable.

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Read about the latest advances in wind, weather and water forecasts in the new FY22 report. 

NOAA Releases FY 22 Science Report

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Celebrating Dr. Gary Matlock’s 30-year NOAA Career

Dr. Gary C. Matlock, NOAA Research’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Science, is retiring on February 29, 2024. We sat down with Dr. Matlock to capture his thoughts on his illustrious career as a federal scientist and civil servant. During your 30-year career with NOAA, what achievements or contributions are you most proud of, and how

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