"NOAA's reorganization to consolidate its formidable capabilities relating to climate science and services in a single office is an important step forward in the larger effort of harnessing relevant capabilities across all the executive branch agencies to help citizens and businesses plan for and cope with climate change."
Shere Abbott, Associate Director for Environment and Energy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
“Establishing a NOAA Climate Service demonstrates that the administration and NOAA understand there is a real need to deliver climate services in this country. This is a giant leap forward in meeting this need. NOAA plays a central role in many aspects of climate science including climate modeling, observations, and assessments, and has a major role to play in the efforts to establish a more coordinated and integrated government-wide National Climate Service. The creation of a new NOAA Climate Service will allow it to be a more effective partner with other federal agencies, the private sector, and the research and academic community, in that effort."
Dr. Rick Anthes, President, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
"I'm excited to hear the vision of the NOAA Climate Service. With climate change affecting every region of the country and every sector of society, there is a critical need for reliable information about expected conditions and impacts. For more than a century, the nation has relied on NOAA for valuable weather information and this has fostered a strong private sector weather industry centered on value added forecasting, consulting and communication. A NOAA Climate Service would provide an opportunity to leverage and expand existing partnerships within the Weather Enterprise to meet the growing societal need for climate services and help governments and industry better plan and strengthen the economy."
Ray Ban, Consultant, Weather Industry and Government Partnerships, The Weather Channel, Inc., Co-Chair, Weather Coalition
"A credible and authoritative climate service is essential to promote thoughtful decision-making in the U.S. A key first step is to create a management structure that allows us to take full advantage of the many climate service building blocks already within NOAA. I'm pleased to see NOAA's intent to create this structure."
Eric Barron, President, Florida State University, former director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research
"Global warming has been on our radar for decades, and scientists are still continuing to discover all of the ways climate change is impacting our seas. This new office at NOAA will give everyone a one-stop-shop for the most current climate information available - from sea level rise, to warming ocean temperatures, increased acidity and migrations in species. Whether you're a scientist, fisherman, coastal dweller, business, government official or just an ocean lover – with this, you will be able to access NOAA's world-class climate data in one place."
Frances Beinecke, President, Natural Resources Defense Council
“NOAA's proposed climate service would be a welcome and critically needed asset to the public health community, both in the U.S. and around the world. Every key sector of the public health community, from first responders to those who provide food and medical supplies and services, would draw on the information. Forecasting air quality, drought, natural hazards and climate-sensitive diseases all impact public health. Better predictive tools, monitoring and other resources will inform our decision-making and advance our efforts to get further ahead of the curve. Lives can be saved as a result.”
Georges C. Benjamin MD, FACP, FACEP (Emeritus), Executive Director, American Public Health Association
“As president of the National Association of Counties and as a County Supervisor in a coastal county, I see every day the significant challenges facing our coastal communities. From changes in water level, temperature and increasing storms to meeting a unique array of economic demands, the actions of our local governments will shape the lives of millions of Americans over the next few decades. The availability of reliable, unbiased data and tools to inform, adapt and improve our coastal resource policies persistently remains at the heart of counties meeting these challenges.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Services Center provides tools, programs, workshops and assessments that only a science-based agency with wide-ranging observation, modeling and data collection can provide to our counties. NOAA understands the value of building and maintaining a strong partnership with our nation's counties to work together in addressing our shared needs.”
Supervisor Valerie Brown, Sonoma County, CA, President of NACo.
“NOAA has consistently led the world in climate research and observation. Businesses, communities, and governments will rely even more on its expertise and the critical information it provides to make informed decisions based on the best science available. Through NOAA’s improved climate services we will be better able to confront climate change, and the many challenges it presents for our environment, security, and economy.”
Honorable Carol M. Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change and EPA Administrator, 1993-2001
“It is clear that impacts from climate change are already being experienced across the United States and that our ability to manage and adapt to these changes will benefit from a comprehensive, coordinated Climate Service. The creation of a central clearinghouse in NOAA will help answer this critical and growing need for trusted information and resources.”
Eileen Claussen, President, Pew Center on Global Climate Change
”The NOAA Climate Service will be extremely valuable to US industry and is a critical link for our nation’s transition to a green economy. This significant action by the Obama Administration recognizes that accurate, timely, and sustained environmental information is vital to our nation’s response to climate change as well as our transition to a green economy. The NOAA Climate Service leverages what has been a great U.S. investment in scientific research and enables the delivery of actionable environmental information upon which business, government, and the general public alike can make more informed decisions.”
Nancy Colleton President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Executive Director, Alliance for Earth Observations
“ The Regional Climate Centers (RCCs) have provided regional climate services, for the past 25 years, to a broad range of stakeholders in support of their economic interests. We work closely with NOAA to improve data quality and reliability and to promote a better understanding of climate information, variability, and change. We fully support NOAA's efforts to establish a NOAA climate service that emphasizes the importance of climate data stewardship and services at the regional level. This effort will extend NOAA's international and national expertise to regional, state, and local levels; an effort that will greatly improve decision-making capabilities for individuals, businesses, and governments.
We congratulate NOAA for establishing a NOAA climate service that includes a strong regional component. The RCCs will continue to work closely with NOAA to broker non-biased climate information and decision support. “
Art DeGaetano, Director, Northeast Regional Climate Center, Professor and Associate Chair, Dept of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Cornell University
“The American Association of State Climatologists benefits from a long history of partnership with NOAA. Members of the AASC benefit from NOAA data and products. We also work to supply information used to support NOAA’s mission at local, regional and national levels.
We applaud NOAA’s decision to enhance and emphasize national climate services including commitments to improving monitoring, analysis, and assessment complemented by enhanced climate modeling and prediction.
We support NOAA’s plan for a regional approach to climate services. As trusted local authorities on climate issues, the membership of AASC look forward to participation in the delivery of timely and relevant climate information at the regional, state and local level since so many important climate decisions are made “locally.”
Nolan Doesken, AASC President and Dennis Todey, AASC President-Elect, American Association of State Climatologists
"Given NOAA’s distinguished history of providing climate science and services, the formal establishment of a NOAA Climate Service is both welcome and long anticipated. This step should help NOAA better collaborate with its federal and state agency, private-sector, and academic partners in the provision of such services. Because national needs and user requirements are rapidly evolving, it’s necessary that the new Climate Service be nimble and adaptive. Accordingly, an integrated, ongoing program of natural and social research, and a close continuing dialog with users will both be necessary going forward."
William H. Hooke, Ph.D, Policy Program Director, American Meteorological Society
"We applaud NOAA's creation of a Climate Service that will provide a direct pathway for water agencies to obtain useful information and support on climate factors affecting local and state water resources management. The Department appreciates the climate assistance NOAA has provided to us, especially through its Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, and looks forward to partnering with NOAA on additional efforts to use NOAA science products to inform water management activities."
Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, California Department of Water Resources
“I was delighted and thrilled to learn of the commitment by the Administration to form the NOAA Climate Service. I have been a long time supporter of this vision and it is very gratifying to see it accomplished. NOAA has worked for many years to become proficient in climate science, climate observation, and data management. Additionally, with vast experience in producing world-class weather forecasts, extension of these skills to climate is a natural step and will go far in improving the foundation for rational science based policy making. My thanks and congratulations to the hardworking NOAA team members who over many years have made this event possible.”
Honorable Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D.,Vice Admiral (U.S. Navy Ret.)
Vice President, Science Programs, CSC, ATG, Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator, 2001-2008
“By providing critical planning information that our businesses and our communities need, the NOAA Climate Service will help tackle head-on the challenges of mitigating and adapting to climate change. In the process, we'll discover new technologies, build new businesses and create new jobs.”
Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
“Working closely with federal, regional, academic and other state and local government and private sector partners, the new NOAA Climate Service will build on our success transforming science into useable climate services. NOAA is committed to scientific integrity and transparency; we seek to advance science and strengthen product development and delivery through user engagement.”
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D.
Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator
National Academy of Public Administration
“As climate adaptation becomes an increasingly important strategic path, the new climate service will provide essential information to the public and private sectors. The insurance industry is heavily dependent on public data and information related to climate, and the creation of a NOAA Climate Service with new data services will greatly enhance the industry's analysis of climate and extreme event weather risk.”
Frank W. Nutter, President, Reinsurance Association of America
“With more than 4,000 miles of coastline, Maryland is one of the most vulnerable states in the nation to the impacts of sea level rise. Even as we work to aggressively address the drivers of climate change – by reducing greenhouse gas emissions - we are also working to ensure that the viability of our coastal communities and the health of Maryland’s Chesapeake, ocean and coastal resources are not compromised.
“On behalf of Maryland, I applaud NOAA for the formation of a Climate Service. As recognized by the State in our Climate Action Plan, reliable observations, interpreted with scientific understanding and innovative models, will significantly reduce uncertainty about the path of climate change in Maryland and its consequences, allowing us to make better informed and wise decisions about the State’s future.”
Honorable Martin O’Malley, Governor, State of Maryland
"The proposed NOAA Climate Service will enhance NOAA’s vital work and facilitate expanded collaborations with scientific and educational organizations on many levels. I expect the proposed new office will provide an even stronger platform for interagency cooperation. NOAA and the Smithsonian already partner on climate and ecosystems research and collaborate in many interagency committees and through the Sant Ocean Hall, which links science to the public at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. As climate change grows more evident, the need to transform science into practical services will become even more critical. Proposing the NOAA Climate Service is a bold step in the right direction."
Eva Pell, Ph.D., Under Secretary for Science, Smithsonian Institution
"I welcome the announcement by NOAA. Making the conclusions of top scientists more accessible to the public is an important, even vital, service. NOAA is one of the premier authorities on climate and has been an important source of information on the rate and extent of climate change. Both for making informed policy decisions based on sound science, and for helping governments and businesses plan to adapt to a warmer climate with its rising sea level, ready public access to credible information will be highly valuable."
Honorable William K. Reilly, Co-Chair of the National Commission on Energy Policy; Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1989-1993
“Addressing climate change is one of our most pressing environmental challenges. Making climate science more easily accessible to all Americans will help us gain the consensus we need to move forward. The new NOAA Climate Service is a welcome addition to our national climate change capabilities. It will help bring people together so we can also bring about an economic recovery by more rapidly modernizing our nation’s energy infrastructure.”
Jim Rogers, President and CEO, Duke Energy
"There is very little debate among scientists about whether changes to the earth's climate are occurring, and whether human activities contribute to these changes. There is still a great deal of debate, however, about the rate of change, and exactly what the best approaches are for addressing current and forecasted problems associated with these changes.
The complexity and breadth of issues associated with efforts to understand, mitigate, and adapt to climate change make it essential that the nation have the best science possible to address this challenge. Establishing a Climate Service at NOAA will significantly strengthen the federal government's capacity to respond to climate change in a coordinated way.
Strengthening NOAA and realigning its functions will greatly enhance its capacity to provide climate-related services. NOAA is the logical choice for this vital function. Its capacity to connect climate change with the many goods and services provided by our oceans will greatly benefit our country and the world."
Honorable William D. Ruckelshaus, Administrator of U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 1970-1973 and Commissioner, Joint Ocean Commission Initiative 1983-1985.
“Market-based policies for clean energy and lower pollution have worked well in the United States, and access to superior climate and weather data can help them work even better. The NOAA Climate Service can be a key ingredient in building intelligent solutions to a wide range of global environmental risks.”
Richard L. Sandor, Chicago Climate Exchange Chairman and Founder
“The NOAA Climate Service will provide a profoundly valuable service to the nation and its people as a focal point for objective, impartial scientific information on climate change that helps people, businesses, and governments make wise decisions about the kind of future we will have.”
Peter Saundry, Ph.D., Executive Director, National Council for Science and the Environment
"Climate change is an international problem that is already affecting California. Accurate up-to-date information from an integrated source is absolutely essential for California and other states to address impacts such as sea level rise, temperature increases, and changes to our water supply. NOAA is known for its expertise in delivering accurate and useful information. We are pleased with this plan to coordinate the delivery of climate information through the new Climate Service. We look forward to working with the NOAA to address one of the most pressing environmental problems of our time."
Lester Snow, Secretary for Natural Resources, The California Natural Resources Agency
“I am very excited by today’s announcement regarding formation of the NOAA Climate Service. Working in tandem with the highly skilled work force from the National Weather Service, the NOAA Climate Service will enhance NOAA’s ability to deliver world class climate services and to address the wide variety of issues related to climate change.
NWSEO intends to work closely with the Obama Administration, NOAA’s leadership and the NOAA Climate Service to effectively launch this new venture. We look forward to forging a close working relationship with the NOAA Climate Service, which will effectively utilize the skills of NWSEO’s members and satisfy America’s needs to better understand and to predict climate change.”
Dan Sobien, President, National Weather Service Employees Organization (NWSEO)
"Our ocean is on the front lines of the global climate challenge. It absorbs half of the carbon dioxide we've pumped into the sky and more excess heat from greenhouse gasses than all the rainforests combined. NOAA's scientific expertise and focus on our ocean and atmosphere gives it a unique ability to gather, analyze and disseminate information about the threat of climate change. I am excited they are taking this bold step to create a one-stop shop for society by providing the right climate information to the right people at the right time."
Vikki N. Spruill, President and CEO, Ocean Conservancy
“The NOAA Climate Service is an important step toward helping decision makers at the local, regional and federal level as they take the necessary steps to adapt to climate change. The information provided by the Service could also help to increase awareness across the country about our vulnerability to climate impacts so we can take the necessary actions.”
Nancy Sutley, Chair, White House Council on Environmental Quality
"The U.S. Navy and NOAA have a history of working together in a variety of programs of mutual interest, such as hurricane forecasting, numerical weather prediction and joint polar programs. The establishment of the NOAA Climate Service will be an important step forward in helping the nation better understand and forecast the changing climate. The Navy's Task Force Climate Change looks forward to working closely with the NOAA Climate Service to ensure that both the nation and the Navy are best prepared for the future challenges posed by climate change."
RADM Dave Titley, Oceanographer of the Navy and Director of the Navy's Task Force Climate Change.
“Climate change presents the most profound challenge our Nation’s coastlines and all who live there have ever had to face. NOAA has long demonstrated its leadership in helping Americans understand and address coastal issues. Now, more than ever, it is essential that there is a single place we can turn to for assistance in dealing with climate change. NOAA understands the needs of the coastal community and has the tools and expertise to meet the challenge of climate change. “
Will Travis, Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
"The Western States Water Council and Western Governors' Association have enjoyed a strong working relationship with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We have supported the development of a Climate Service capable of encouraging a collaborative effort to effectively and efficiently address present and future climate adaptation issues. There is a continuing need for research and regionally-scaled modeling that "connects" information with decision-makers at all levels that are facing substantial uncertainty and serious social, health, economic and environmental issues related to increasing climate variability and change. The Climate Service will build on past NOAA successes such as the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments (RISA) program, in the Climate Program Office. We look forward to working with NOAA and the Climate Service in developing sound science applications and strategies that address complex climate-sensitive issues of concern to water users and managers in the West."
Tony Willardson, Executive Director, Western States Water Council