National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
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.
Science, service and stewardship to
- understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts;
- share that knowledge and information with others; and
- 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:
- NOAA Fisheries Economics & Social Sciences Program
- Sea Grant's Social Science National Social Science Initiative
- The National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science - Coastal Community Work