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OAR Strategy

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Oceanic & Atmospheric Research (OAR) 2020-2026 Strategy 

OAR has been on a journey to transform in order to be successful in the future, to effectively deliver NOAA’s future and be competitive in the environmental R&D market.

To that end, NOAA Research has developed the 2020-2026 OAR Strategy to help further OAR as a leader in environmental research and assist us in meeting our vision to deliver NOAA’s future. 

The research landscape of tomorrow will be different from that of today. There will likely be additional contributors to the sciences OAR studies, including more involvement from the private sector, increased philanthropic participation, and greater academic integration. There will always be a unique role for long-term research exclusively dedicated to NOAA’s diverse missions, and that remains OAR’s sole job. 

The OAR Strategy lays the foundation for our future and outlines OAR’s vision, mission, and values along with a strategic approach to begin addressing the changing operating landscape and the factors influencing the environmental science community today and in the future. 

OAR’s 4 goals reflect what OAR desires to achieve, where to focus activities, and ultimately, how to improve OAR’s ability to deliver NOAA’s future:

Detect Changes in the Ocean and Atmosphere
Make Forecasts Better
Drive Innovative Science

Objectives, nested under each goal, are the areas of focus needed to help OAR achieve its goals.

Download the OAR Strategy (PDF link download the reader here)

Please direct questions on the OAR Strategy to our office.


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.


NOAA supports 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.


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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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