About Our Agency


About our agency

NOAA is an agency that enriches life through science. Our reach goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor as we work to keep citizens informed of the changing environment around them.

From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

Our mission

To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Key focus areas
NOAA's diverse mission extends from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean
Total number of NOAA personnel worldwide
Dedicated to the understanding and stewardship of the environment.
NOAA scientists and engineers
Studying and monitoring our evolving planet

Quick Facts

Quick Facts