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NOAA Climate Program Office Announces Five-Year Strategic Plan

Today, NOAA’s Climate Program Office published its 2024-2028 Strategic Plan. The new plan highlights CPO’s priorities including its vision, mission, and mandates by Congress to advance scientific understanding of climate variability and change, and to deliver actionable information to society for climate resilience, adaptation and mitigation.

Strategic Plan 2024-2028 cover

This plan was informed by an office review by an external panel, and it was reviewed by the NOAA Science Advisory Board’s Climate Working Group. It aligns with the goals and objectives of the U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan 2022-2026, NOAA Climate-Ready Nation Plan 2022-2026, OAR Strategic Plan 2020-2026, and the U.S. Global Research Program Decadal Strategic Plan. It features four major goals:

  • Goal 1: Advance the science foundation for climate change adaptation, resilience, and mitigation.
  • Goal 2: Advance climate adaptation, resilience, and mitigation by enhancing partnerships and providing actionable information.
  • Goal 3: Improve public understanding and bolster capacity to respond to climate change.
  • Goal 4: Empower our workforce to advance NOAA’s priorities. 

More specifically, CPO upholds all of NOAA’s core values and principles with four specific foci:

  • Commit to diversity across its work and staff through the CPO DEIJA Strategic Plan
  • Uphold integrity from CPO’s rigorous competitive selection process to the research it supports to its excellence in scientific communication.
  • Collaborative innovation to converge around the best ideas to advance science, and invest in a comprehensive approach to deliver meaningful results. 
  • Engage from local to global participatory science to understand the changing environment and inform the public.

This plan highlights CPO’s unique role as the only entity in NOAA that, for over 30 years, has sustained a comprehensive approach to advancing climate science and services, spanning multiple science disciplines, organizations, and timescales.

Read the full strategic plan here.

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