Climate Mission Goal
The overarching priority for NOAA's Climate Mission Goal is to strengthen the production and delivery of climate data and information to inform the management of climate-related risks. We engage stakeholders and provide integrated science-based climate information, services, and tools to more effectively help communities, governments, the private sector, and others understand and plan for the impacts of a variable and changing climate. We sustain fundamental climate science capabilities — including research to advance understanding of the Earth system and key processes; stewardship to preserve and build the climate data record by monitoring changes in the Earth’s atmosphere and ocean; and models to improve predictive capabilities across different scales of time and space.
In particular, we focus our cross-agency efforts and partnerships on increasing access to authoritative information about the regional-scale impacts of a variable and changing climate on four key societal challenge areas: water resources, coastal inundation, weather and climate extremes, and marine ecosystems.
As the public and private sectors increasingly grapple with complex climate-sensitive decisions, NOAA and its partners in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the private sector, academia, and other federal agencies will continue to emphasize development of effective information products to meet growing public demand for state-of-the-art science that informs decision-making. To adapt to emerging science and evolving societal needs, the Climate Goal emphasizes collaboration (both internal and external), integrating programs and activities, regional information, and delivery that leverages existing organizational structure and institutional flexibility.
NOAA's Climate Mission Goal comprises four key objectives: