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NOAA’s diverse functions require an equally diverse set of skills and constantly evolving abilities in its workforce. NOAA’s vision centers on a holistic understanding of the interdependencies between human health and prosperity. Across the United States, Cooperative Institutes' research projects are supporting NOAA’s research goals and enterprise objectives. These projects help anticipate and respond to climate and its impacts, prepare for and respond to weather-related events, develop sustainable marine fisheries, habitats within healthy and productive ecosystems, and improve coastal and Great Lakes communities that are environmentally and economically sustainable.

CICOES

  • Climate and Ocean Variability, Change and Impacts
  • Earth Systems and Processes
  • Environmental Chemistry and Ocean Carbon
  • Marine Ecosystems: Observation, Analysis, and Forecasts
  • Ocean and Coastal Observations
  • Environmental Data Science
  • Aquaculture Science
  • Human Dimensions in Marine Systems
  • Polar Studies

CIGLR

  • Observing Systems and Advanced Technology
  • Invasive Species and Food-Web Ecology
  • Hydrometeorological and Ecosystem Forecasting
  • Protection and Restoration of Resources

CIMAS

  • Climate Research and Impacts
  • Tropical Weather
  • Sustained Ocean and Coastal Observations
  • Ocean Modeling
  • Ecosystem Modeling and Forecasting
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Protection and Restoration of Resources

CIMEAS

  • Science to Support Ecosystem-Based Management of Living Marine Resources
  • Research, Development, and Technology Innovation for Global Ocean Observations and Monitoring
  • Coastal and Oceanic Observations, Analysis, and Prediction
  • Weather, Water, and Climate Research

CIMEC

  • Climate and Coastal Observations, Analysis, and Prediction
  • Climate Research and Impacts
  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Ecosystem-Based Management

CIMES

  • Earth System Modeling
  • Seamless Prediction Across Time and Space Scales
  • Earth System Science: Analysis and Applications

CIMMS

  • Weather Radar Research and Development
  • Stormscale and Mesoscale Modeling Research and Development
  • Forecast Improvements Research and Development
  • Impacts of Climate Change Related to Extreme Weather Events
  • Social and Socioeconomic Impacts of High Impact Weather Systems

CIMRS

  • Marine Ecosystems and Habitat
  • Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources
  • Seafloor Processes
  • Marine Bioacoustics

CIMSS

  • Satellite Meteorology Research and Applications
  • Satellite Sensors and Measurement Techniques
  • Environmental Models and Data Assimilation
  • Outreach and Education

CINAR

  • Sustained Ocean Observations and Climate Research
  • Ecosystem Research, Observation, and Modeling
  • Stock Assessment Research
  • Protected Species Research and Recovery
  • Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management

CIRA

  • Satellite Algorithm Development, Training and Education
  • Regional to Global Scale Modeling Systems
  • Data Assimilation
  • Climate-Weather Processes
  • Data Distribution

CIRES

  • Air Quality in a Changing Climate
  • Climate Forcing, Feedbacks, and Analysis
  • Earth Systems Dynamics, Variability, and Change
  • Management and Exploitation of Geophysical Data
  • Regional Sciences and Applications
  • Scientific Outreach and Education
  • Space Weather Understanding and Prediction
  • Stratospheric Processes and Trends
  • Systems and Prediction Models Development

CISESS

  • Satellite Services
  • Earth System Observations and Services
  • Earth System Research

JIMAR

  • Ecosystem Forecasting
  • Ecosystem Monitoring
  • Ecosystem-based Management
  • Protection and Restoration of Resources
  • Equatorial Oceanography
  • Climate Research and Impacts
  • Tropical Meteorology
  • Tsunamis and Other Long-period Waves

JISAO

  • Climate Research and Impacts
  • Polar Research
  • Aerosol Research
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Ocean Acidification
  • Seafloor Processes
  • Marine Ecosystems
  • Protection and Restoration of Marine Resources
  • Tsunami Observations and Modeling
  • Ocean and Coastal Observations

NGI

  • Climate Change and Climate Variability Effects on Regional Ecosystems
  • Coastal Hazards
  • Ecosystem Management
  • Effective and Efficient Data Management Systems Supporting a Data-driven Economy

OECI

  • Exploration Planning and Execution
  • Ocean Exploration Technology
  • Increase Utility of Ocean Exploration Information

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