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Meet the Divisions

The Climate Program Office (CPO) is uniquely poised at the intersection of NOAA’s science and service missions, the climate research community, and the broader climate enterprise, which enables it to lead a research agenda and forge partnerships that enhance society’s ability to make effective decisions. In support of our mission, CPO’s activities are organized within three divisions.

The Administrative Services Division (ASD) supports the implementation of budget execution and formulation, grants management, human resources, property management and other administrative functions of the Climate Program Office (CPO). ASD manages day-to-day office operations including: domestic and international travel support, space planning, facilities support, and acquisition management. ASD oversees the development, implementation, monitoring, and reporting of CPO’s policies and procedures in support of CPO’s mission.

The Earth System Science and Modeling (ESSM) division supports research to advance understanding of the Earth system. To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts–so people can protect themselves and their property–we need to understand global patterns, and climate variability and change. And to help manage and conserve coastal resources and marine ecosystems, we need to understand and monitor our oceans and coasts. 

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The Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) Division improves resilience and preparedness in diverse socio-economic regions and sectors. Through competitive research programs, CSI invests in research networks that connect and align cutting-edge science with the most urgent needs of stakeholders. CSI’s programs leverage science from a wide range of sources to provide valuable insight for planning and preparedness, advance the use of local information in analyses and assessments, and build relationships that connect planning for today’s challenges with long term preparedness.

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The Communication, Education, and Engagement Division (CEE) enhances public climate science literacy, helps people find and use climate data and decision-support tools, and helps communities and businesses make informed decisions and build resilience to extreme events. CEE employs a well-rounded team of science communication and education experts, who collaborate with other CPO divisions and programs, climate-relevant NOAA Line Offices, and the U.S. Global Change Research Program (and the 13 federal agencies comprising it), to engage the stakeholders and educators and publish content in NOAA, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, and other USGCRP products.

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