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The NOAA Research Network

Labs & Programs

Research Labs
The NOAA Research Laboratories conduct an integrated program of research, technology development, and services to improve the understanding of Earth's atmosphere, oceans and inland waters, and to describe and predict changes occurring to them. The laboratories and their field stations are located across the country and around the world.
Program Offices
Located in NOAA Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland, our six Program Offices select, fund, and manage high-priority, competitive research that includes assessments, decision support, outreach, education, and capacity building activities. These offices also support and foster collaboration within NOAA’s labs and across the environmental science community to advance understanding of the Earth system and foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and resilience efforts.
Cooperative Institutes
The NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA’s Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. Many of the Cooperative Institutes are collocated with NOAA research laboratories, creating a strong, long-term collaboration between scientists in the laboratories and in the universities.

Results-Driven Research Networks

As the primary research and development organization within NOAA, NOAA Research explores the Earth and atmosphere from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean.

We enable better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth providing unbiased science to manage the environment better, nationally and globally.

Our role within NOAA is to provide products and services that describe and predict changes in the environment. Research results allow decision makers to make effective judgments in order to prevent the loss of human life and conserve and manage natural resources while maintaining a strong economy.

We have an internal network of labs, programs and offices to manage and conduct research. We also have several formal partnerships with Cooperative Institutes to enhance our research capabilities.

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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ
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Air Resources Laboratory
College Park, MD
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Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory 
Ann Arbor, MI
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Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Seattle, WA
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National Severe Storms Laboratory Norman, OK
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NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Miami, FL
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OAR Labs

The NOAA Research Laboratories conduct an integrated program of research, technology development, and services to improve understanding of the Earth System. The laboratories and their field stations are located across the country and around the world.

Program Offices

Our Program Offices are located at NOAA’s headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Our Programs find and fund research to transition research products into operations, to meet NOAA & OAR Strategic Objectives and to further our understanding of the Earth System.

Cooperative Institutes

Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and Washington to Florida. Currently, NOAA supports 16 Cooperative Institutes consisting of 80 universities, and research institutions across 33 states, the District of Columbia, US Territories, and Canada.

Find a Lab or Program

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory
Seattle, WA
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Earth Systems Resource Laboratories
Boulder, CO Visit Website >

National Severe Storms Laboratory Norman, OK
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Great Lakes Environmental Laboratory
Ann Arbor, MI
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Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory
Princeton, NJ
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Air Resources Laboratory
College Park, MD
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NOAA’s Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory
Miami, FL
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Science Support

The Office of Research, Transition, and Application (ORTA) fully leverages NOAA’s R&D enterprise to serve NOAA’s mission and benefit society by accelerating and facilitating the transition of R&D within NOAA to operations, applications, commercialization, and other uses. It also accomplishes this by working to develop and implement policies that guide and manage transition in NOAA. ORTA comprises the Uncrewed Systems Research Transition Office (UxSRTO), the Technology Partnerships Office (TPO), as well as direct support for R&D transition policies and guidance across NOAA.

The NOAA Technology Partnerships Office, or TPO, serves the needs of both NOAA inventors and U.S. companies looking to partner with NOAA or license our technologies. Located in Silver Spring, MD, the NOAA TPO oversees both the Small Business Innovation Research Program and the Technology Transfer Program for NOAA.

The Office of Science Support maintains OAR and NOAA’s role as a leader in environmental observations and modeling by executing several functions that align research and development (R&D) to NOAA’s mission, and enhance the tracking and accountability of NOAA’s R&D to ensure the credibility of R&D outcomes. OSS encompases the Cooperative Institute OfficeNOAA Science Advisory Board, Scientific IntegrityNOAA Central Library, and direct support for R&D analysis and policy.

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Learn more about OAR Labs & Programs

Take a deep dive into how we achieve organizational excellence in our Labs & Programs. Our Scientific Reviews page provides granular detail in videos, documents, and webpages about each institution and the science they conduct to support the NOAA mission. 

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