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2021 NOAA Science Report

The NOAA Science Report is an annual report that highlights NOAA’s research and development achievements over the past year. In 2021, our achievements included launching the first ever national rip current model, creating high-resolution sea ice information to improve navigation, using artificial intelligence to process marine mammal calls, and much more.  

The science highlights captured in this annual report are organized by the agency strategy: NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026

Past years' reports are also available on the NOAA Science Council website

FY2023 President's Budget

The Biden Administration has released the President's FY 2023 Discretionary Request. This includes a total of $774.775M for OAR, a net increase of $107.748M (16.1 percent) from the FY 2022 enacted levels. 

The FY23 Congressional Justification [PDF; OAR begins on p.405] is also available from the NOAA Budget Office.

For details on the OAR request, view our budget page.   

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2022

On March 15, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2022 was signed into law by President Biden. This provided a total of $6.1B for NOAA. This included $4.42B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1.69B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). See our budget page for details. 

For details on OAR, see the FY22 NOAA Blue Book [PDF; OAR begins on p.55] and Congressional Submission [PDF; OAR begins on p.479] on the NOAA Budget Office page.

NOAA and the Ocean Decade

Understanding, protecting and sustainably managing ocean habitats and services are essential to a healthy society, and learning more about the ocean’s influence on climate is key to our future. Learn more about NOAA's involvement the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a campaign for transformational ocean science to improve ocean health and make sustainable development possible.


Finding opportunities for students to join OAR is critical to our success as we build the future of our organization.


We receive many questions about the timing of the budget process. The timeline is intended as a guide to help explain the process from budget formulation to execution.


NOAA Research has updated its Strategic Plan to create a framework aligned with the NOAA 5-year Research & Development Plan released last year.


View the latest content from October 5, 2021's Climate and Resilience Risk Workshop in which key stakeholders discussed the climate policy landscape and explored challenges regarding climate data and climate change impacts to communities.


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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 NOAA, 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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