The NOAA Science Report is an annual report that highlights NOAA’s research and development achievements over the past year. In 2020, our achievements ranged from the transition of a software application into operations for improved space weather prediction, investigated novel research questions in the face of a global pandemic, conducted social science research to better communicate hazardous weather information, defined deep-sea habitats off the U.S. West Coast, diversity and inclusion efforts, 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.
The Biden Administration has released the President's FY 2022 Discretionary Request. This includes a total of $815.669M for OAR, a net increase of $204.878M (34 percent) from the FY 2021 levels.
For details on the OAR request, view our budget page, or see the NOAA Blue Book (PDF; OAR begins on p. 55) and FY22 Congressional Justification (PDF; OAR section begins on p. 479) on the NOAA Budget Office page. Additional information is also available in the NOAA press release.
On December 27, 2020, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 was signed into law by President Trump. This provided a total of $5.65B for NOAA. This included $4.10B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1.55B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). See our budget page for details.
For details on OAR, see the NOAA Blue Book and Congressional Submission on the NOAA Budget Office page.
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.
Read about OAR's $74.7 million investment across four areas, approximately half of which will support extramural investigators.
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.