National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

About Us

The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a federal agency that enriches life through science, reaching from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. NOAA's roots date back to 1807 when the nation's first agency, the Survey of the Coast, was established. Since then, NOAA has evolved to meet the needs of a changing country. NOAA maintains a presence in every state and has emerged as an international leader on scientific and environmental matters. NOAA's mission touches on the lives of every American as the agency works to lead the nation in efforts to protect life, property, and natural resources.

High Water Levels Lake Michigan - credt: L.S. Gerstner


Science, service and stewardship to

  1. understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts;
  2. share that knowledge and information with others; and
  3. conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

Social Science at NOAA

To help achieve its mission, NOAA integrates social behavioral and economic sciences with the best natural science work to affect meaningful change. For additional information visit NOAA's Integration Office, or visit these social science programs:


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This user guide will lead you through creating a log-in and using HDgov, the unique resources found on Team Pages, finding the interactive elements of the website, locating tools and resources, managing your profile, submitting content for publishing on HDgov, and how to find what you're looking for throughout the web portal.
This 2003 study uses a survey method to gauge visitor preferences for specific physical, social, and managerial attributes of various beach areas along the North Carolina coast. Information obtained from this research is useful to on-site beach managers to obtain an understanding of varying user preferences and how to best meet the needs of their recreational user population.
The methods of cost-benefit analysis and predictive modeling were used by the Coral Reef Rehabilitation and Management Project (COREMAP) to determine and quantify the threats causing depletion of coral reefs in Indonesia. The results indicated that immediate actions need to be taken by the government to stop the depletion.
Case study research is used to conduct an in-depth investigation of an issue at a specific instance and location.
This newsletter published by the NOAA Coastal Services Center focuses on tools for coastal resource management.
This study uses social impact assessment and geographic information system (GIS) technology to collect and analyze socioeconomic data from commercial fishermen to develop the Tortugas Ecological Reserve within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
Comparative research looks at two or more similar groups, individuals, or conditions by comparing them. This comparison often focuses on a few specific characteristics. This method can also be used to compare the same group, condition, or individual over time (also called longitudinal comparison). Comparisons may be qualitative or quantitative.
The Digital Coast provides data required by coastal resource management professionals, as well as the tools, training, and information needed to turn these data into useful information.
Higher temperatures increase the moisture-holding capacity of the atmosphere and can lead to greater atmospheric demand for evapotranspiration, especially during warmer seasons of the year. Increases in precipitation or atmospheric humidity ameliorate this enhanced demand, whereas decreases exacerbate it. In the southwestern United States (Southwest), this means the greatest changes in evapotranspirational demand resulting from higher temperatures could occur during the hot–dry foresummer and hot–wet monsoon.
The ESPIS system is created by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to query relevant study information based on text and maps.