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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

  • By: Andrew J. Waskey
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a scientific agency of the United States. It is housed administratively in the Department of Commerce and is supervised by the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere. Dr. Jane Lubchenco became head of NOAA on March 19, 2009, after appointment by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.

The mission of NOAA is to scientifically study the atmosphere and the oceans in order to provide excellent weather forecasts that will warn of dangerous weather. NOAA constantly monitors weather conditions. It also is responsible for charting the seas and the skies to aid in protecting the ocean and coastal resources, and to improve the stewardship of the environment.

The strategic vision of NOAA is organize itself as ...

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