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NOAA Research provides the research foundation for understanding our planet and technological innovation and scientific advances that improve our lives.
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NOAA Research provides the research foundation for understanding our planet and technological innovation and scientific advances that improve our lives.
16 Cooperative Institutes
Partnerships with NOAA's Cooperative Institutes (CI), located at degree-granting institutions, play a vital role in increasing NOAA’s research capacity and expertise. CIs support NOAA's mission and educate the next generation of the nation’s scientific workforce to prepare NOAA for the future.
400 parts per million
For the first time since we began tracking carbon dioxide in the global atmosphere, the monthly global average concentration of this greenhouse gas surpassed 400 parts per million in March 2015.
Science On a Sphere in 21 countries
NOAA's stunning, global data display, Science On a Sphere? (SOS) can be seen in 21 countries around the world. Researchers at NOAA developed SOS as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth system science to people of all ages.
33 Sea Grant programs
NOAA Sea Grant works to create and maintain healthy and resilient coastal communities, ecosystems and economies through university-based research and constituent engagement. The Sea Grant network includes 33 programs at top universities in every U.S. coastal and Great Lakes state and territory.
1,000,000 square kilometers mapped
Despite the role that the ocean plays in supporting our well-being, 95 percent of the ocean remains unexplored. The NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the first and only U.S. federal vessel dedicated to ocean exploration, has mapped 1,000,000 square kilometers - larger than Texas and Florida combined.
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About NOAA Research //
NOAA’s Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) or "NOAA Research" provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other parts of NOAA, OAR enables better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters, and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally, and globally.