Societal Challenges

Americans’ health, security, and economic well-being are tied to weather and climate. Every day citizens grapple with impacts resulting from extreme weather events and changing climate conditions. Individuals, businesses, and communities are increasingly turning to NOAA as a trusted source for science and information to help them understand how and why climate conditions are changing and how they can prepare.

Drawing upon NOAA’s foundation in science, NOAA is preparing the nation for impacts of anticipated climate variability and change by focusing on four societal challenge areas. Download the information sheets below to read about the various ways NOAA is accomplishing the task. 


Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather. In 2017, the United States experienced a record-tying 16 climate- and weather-related disasters where overall costs reached or exceeded $1 billion. Combined, these events claimed 362 lives, and had significant economic effects on the areas impacted, costing more than $306 billion. Businesses, policy leaders, resource managers and citizens are increasingly asking for information to help them address such challenges.


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