Department of Commerce
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) comprise the Department of Commerce’s (DOC’s) participation in USGCRP.
NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources. From supercomputers and state-of-the-art models to observations and outlooks, NOAA provides data, tools, and information to help people understand and prepare for climate variability and change. NOAA’s current priorities are (1) to reduce the impact of extreme weather and water events (Weather Act of 2017) and (2) to increase the sustainable economic contributions of our fishery and ocean resources (Blue Economy). NOAA aims to advance its goals and priorities through the following research and development vision areas:
- Reduced societal impacts from severe weather and other environmental phenomena;
- Sustainable use of coastal and ocean resources;
- A robust and effective research, development, and transition enterprise.
NIST’s measurement science research supports enhanced, internationally accepted, and traceable measurement standards, methodologies, and technologies that provide accurate greenhouse gas emissions and uptake data and analyses to support mitigation management and the advancement of climate science research. NIST provides measurements and standards for consistent, comparable, and reliable climate observations and provides calibrations and special tests to improve the accuracy of a wide range of instruments and techniques used in climate research and monitoring.