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Effectively delivering NOAA’s Future 

OAR Strategy

2020-2026 Oceanic & Atmospheric Research 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.

Four Goals to Deliver NOAA's Future

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

Explore the Marine Environment

Detect Changes in the
Ocean & Atmosphere

Make Forecasts Better

Drive Innovative Science

Supporting the NOAA Mission By:

Exploring the Marine Environment Detecting Oceanic & Atmospheric Changes Making Forecasts Better Driving Innovative Science

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. 

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.

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