Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Home » About Us

Leaders in Science

About NOAA Research

Vision & Mission

Our Vision is to Deliver NOAA’s Future

Our Mission is to conduct research to understand and predict the Earth system; develop technology to improve NOAA science, service, and stewardship; and transition the results so they are useful to society. Learn about NOAA Research.
Student Amanda Netburn recovers an Oozeki midwater trawl net used to collect juvenile fishes from surface waters. Comparing trawl catch to acoustic data is a way to verify surveys of marine life populations on board R/V New Horizon. Credit: UC San Diego
About NOAA Research

Research Foundations

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 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 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. Visit the OAR Strategy and Budget page to learn more.

What We Do

NOAA and the nation depend on the cutting-edge science provided by its research programs. Recently, NOAA Research built much of the foundation for the modernization of the National Weather Service. The research programs provide the science necessary to help NOAA achieve its goals to:

Working under the broad themes of Climate, Weather and Air Quality, and Ocean and Coastal Resources, NOAA scientists study the ocean’s depths and the highest reaches of space to better understand our environment. NOAA’s long-term commitment to the highest quality research includes engaging in-house and extramural talent to:​

Research plans and products are developed in partnership with academia and other federal agencies, and are peer-reviewed and widely distributed. A high premium is placed on external collaboration both domestically and internationally. In addition, personnel management practices of hiring, promotion, and awards are based on demonstrable capability through internal and external peer assessment. Peer review, collaboration, and partnerships ensure that NOAA’s research is of the highest quality and remains focused on critical issues.

Research Matters

NOAA is a world leader in environmental science today and is well positioned and organized to provide the sound scientific research policy-makers will always need. However, most of the environmental questions our nation and the world face are not easily answered. A strong NOAA is necessary to tackle the complex issues that only advanced scientific knowledge is able to adequately address. NOAA Research answers the call.

Comprehensive Knowledge
We provide comprehensive knowledge to guide national environmental policy decisions, including better predictions of the climate response to emissions changes, choices for protection of the ozone layer, and alternatives for developing coastal communities.
Improved Environmental Services
We improve environmental services to the nation, including reliable predictions and assessments.
Increased Economic Growth
We promote economic growth through science for decision-making, new technology, and partnerships with academia and industry;

Primary Components
of the NOAA Research network

Our Leadership

Click the photo icons to learn more about our leadership.

NOAA Research Organizational Structure

Our Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

NOAA Research is committed to achieving diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility at all levels of the organization. We recognize that this is not a short-term goal but one that requires a deliberate, sustained effort. 

Learn more >

Scroll to Top

Popup Call to Action

A prompt with more information on your call to action.