NOAA maintains a dedicated and vibrant research enterprise that provides a holistic understanding of how weather, climate, ocean, and coastal systems are inextricably interconnected with each other and with society.
OAR is NOAA’s research capability and innovates, incubates, and integrates new ideas and new technologies that result in improved services for the Nation.
The OAR International Activities Office:
These efforts support NOAA’s overall vision of healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient to environmental change. OAR/IA has four operational objectives:
OAR/IA advises NOAA and its Research leadership on international science policy, strategies, programs and issues in support of U.S. foreign policy and corporate science priorities, participates in NOAA International Affairs Council (IAC) meetings and its Working Groups, meets weekly with the NOAA Director for International Affairs, and responds to IAC data and information calls. OAR/IA staffs and accompanies NOAA and OAR leadership to domestic and overseas international meetings and events, holds weekly staff meetings, and participates in weekly OAR leadership staff meetings.
OAR/IA provides executive and management oversight for NOAA on seven formal agreements with:
The U.S. chairperson for these bilaterals is the OAR Assistant Administrator. OAR/IA Program Analysts carry out U.S. Executive Secretarial functions, including staffing on NOAA-wide strategic planning, project coordination, and implementation of joint activities.
OAR/IA supports and coordinates, as needed, Joint Commission Meetings (JCM) on the corresponding government-to-government science and technology agreements, which are led by the Department of State (DOS) and/or the Office for Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) on behalf of the United States. In addition, OAR/IA manages program activities involving ocean-climate, ocean, and coastal observations; aquaculture; and Sea Grant International (SGI). OAR/IA oversees and administers corresponding project funds under the NOAA Joint Program Agreement (JPA) with South Korea, and staffs OAR for the NOAA-Environment Canada MOU.
OAR/IA staff supports the United States representative for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) for both annual domestic and international meetings, as well as information requests during the year.
OAR/IA responds to NOAA and OAR science priorities (Ocean Acidification, Ship-time, Arctic/Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), Environmental Modeling and Weather Research, etc.) and seeks, develops, and leverages new international partnerships that advance the interests of NOAA’s research. These efforts could entail developing a new strategic partnership with a foreign ministry or agency that NOAA does not have a formal agreement with or has had limited interaction with in the past.
Much of NOAA’s ongoing international science and technology enterprise is driven by gaining access to foreign data, technology, expertise, geographic locations, or engaging in cost-sharing opportunities on large-scale projects of mutual interest. These same drivers apply to NOAA’s new and emerging science priorities which require new linkages and relationships with foreign counterparts.
OAR/IA processes all foreign travel packages for the line office, including all country clearance cables, passport and visa requests, foreign national J1 visa requests, and Marine Scientific Research (MSR) requests. It also responds to external data calls and information requests from DOS, OSTP, and other agencies on international science and resource issues. It staffs OAR laboratories and programs on international issues and process requests for international field campaigns, research programs and operations, coordinates and manages all international executive correspondence to be signed by the AA and DAAs, and oversees budget planning, formulation and execution for the office.
René EppiDirector(301) 734-1099
Monica MoralesAdministrative Assistant(301) 734-1095
Monique BaskinProgram Analyst(301) 734-1113
Katie GeddesProgram Analyst(301) 734-1276
Alicia CheripkaProgram Analyst
Meredith KurzProgram Analyst(301) 734-1129
Arthur PatersonProgram Analyst(301) 734-1291
Terry SchaeferProgram Analyst(301) 734-1187
Kaitlyn LowderSea Grant Knauss Fellow(301) 734-1098
We conduct research in three major areas: weather and air quality, climate, and ocean and coastal resources.
The laboratories and their field stations are located across the country and around the world.
Scientific reviews are conducted every four years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted at the OAR laboratories.
The Oceanic and Atmospheric Research International Activities Office (OAR/IA) advances NOAA’s science enterprise and priorities on ocean, atmosphere, and climate.
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.