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Can a tornado warning, or a tsunami warning, be issued sooner, giving families more time to seek safety? What are the causes and consequences of climate change? How can present and future threats to coastal areas be alleviated? What impacts will humans have on biodiversity and how we use our oceans and coasts?

Research underpins NOAA’s ability to provide accurate weather forecasts, to protect and manage the nation’s coastal and ocean resources, and to enable society to plan and respond to climate change. Research at NOAA is conducted in federal laboratories and through partnerships with universities and science institutes. NOAA’s research provides solid science and policy-relevant findings to leaders in government and industry worldwide on topics such as climate, ozone-depleting gases, air quality, and ecosystem protection.

Researchers of many disciplines – from oceanography, chemistry, biology, meteorology and mathematics, to physics, computer sciences, and engineering – collaborate to conduct research at remote outposts in the Arctic and Antarctica, aboard research and fishing vessels and in-flight on airplanes, at the depths of the oceans, inside state-of-the-art laboratories and at computers in office settings.

The NOAA Research Council ensures that all NOAA services are based on sound science and that all NOAA research programs and long term plans are consistent with the NOAA Mission and NOAA Strategic Plan.

NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) – or "NOAA Research" – provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet.

Sea Grant is a nationwide network (administered through NOAA), of 32 university-based programs that work with coastal communities to conduct scientific research, education, training and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of aquatic resources.

NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service Office of Science and Technology ensures a sound scientific basis for NOAA Fisheries science programs and resource conservation and management decisions.

The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science conducts and supports research, monitoring, assessments, and technical assistance to meet NOAA’s coastal stewardship and management responsibilities.

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