National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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321 NOAA Commissioned Corps (2018)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA; pronounced /ˈn.ə/, like "Noah") is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere.

NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources and conducts research to provide understanding and improve stewardship of the environment.

NOAA was officially formed in 1970 and in 2017 had over 11,000 civilian employees, its research and operations further supported by 321 uniformed service members who make up the NOAA Commissioned Corps.

Since October 2017, NOAA has been headed by Timothy Gallaudet as acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA interim administrator.

NOAA plays several specific roles in society, the benefits of which extend beyond the US economy and into the larger global community:

This page was last edited on 4 June 2018, at 14:49 (UTC).
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