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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

Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023

On December 29, 2022, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2023 (Pub. L. 117-328) was signed into law by President Biden. This provides a total of $6.35B for NOAA. This includes $4.54B for NOAA Operations, Research and Facilities (ORF) and $1.76B in Procurement, Acquisition and Construction (PAC). 

For details on OAR, view our budget 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 developed the OAR Strategy 2020-2026, to create a framework aligned with the NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas: 2020-2026.


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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