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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National oceanic and atmospheric administration

■ Introduction

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), within the Commerce Department, was established by Reorganization Plan No. 4 on October 3, 1970. The agency’s principal functions are to explore, map, and chart the global ocean and its living resources and to manage, use, and conserve those resources.

The agency describes, monitors, and predicts conditions in the atmosphere, ocean, sun, and space environment; reports the weather of the United States and its possessions; issues warnings about impending destructive natural events; disseminates environmental data through a system of ...

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