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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.

At a-glance list of the Cooperative Institutes: This list provides contact information for each CI, the CI research themes and the NOAA Line Office contact. (PDF).

NOAA Goal - Healthy Oceans

Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productions ecosystems.

Galatheid crab Eumunida picta in Lophelia deepwater coral. Image by HBOI’s Johnson-Sea-Link manned submersible during 2010 Gulf of Mexico expedition.

Research at NGI

supports this goal through the research project 'Assessment of Ecosystem Services of Selected Coastal Habitat Types: Towards a Model-based Toolset for Management Planning'.

Research at CIMAS

supports this goal through the research project 'Predicting the Effects of Climate Change on Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus thynnus) Spawning in the Gulf of Mexico Using Downscaled Climate Models'.

Research at CIOERT

supports this goal through the research project 'New Instrumentation for Assessment of Ocean Acidification in Coral Ecosystems and Modeling of Coral Calcification'

Weather-Ready Nation

Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events.

A remote-operated aircraft is prepared for takeoff during an atmospheric research expedition in Norway. Photo: Drew Hamilton

Research at CIRA

supports this goal through the research project 'A Millennium of North American Droughts and Prolonged Rainfalls'.

Research at CIRES

supports this goal through the research project 'Temperature Trends in the Tropical Lower Stratosphere'.

Research at JISAO

supports this goal through the research project 'Soot Transport and Deposition Study (STADS)'.

Climate Adaptation and Mitigation

Anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts.

A MODIS-AQUA scene collected by the new satellite receiving station on January 5, 2012.

Research at CIMMS

supports this through the research project 'Doppler Weather Radar Research and Development'.

Research at CICAR

supports this through the research project 'Tornado Short-Term Forecasting'.

Research at JIMAR

support this through the research project 'Field Analysis of Current and Historical Tsunamis'.

Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies

Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable.

Experiments along the Baja California Peninsula with small scale coastal gillnet fishermen have led to the development of illumination strategies that may help reduce the bycatch of sea turtles in gillnet fisheries.

Research at CIGLR

supports this goal through the research project 'A Millennium of North American Droughts and Prolonged Rainfalls'.

Research at CIMEC

supports this goal through the research project 'Temperature Trends in the Tropical Lower Stratosphere'.

Research at CINAR

supports this goal through the research project 'Soot Transport and Deposition Study (STADS)'.

NOAA Enterprise Objectives

Provide Critical Support for NOAA's enterprise groups - the foundational science and technology functions that generate research and development, models, and environmental observations; the distinct functions for engaging partners and customers; and the underlying administration and management functions that support all of NOAA’s work.

The submersible Alvin is framed by its launch/recovery system in the stern of R/V Atlantis.

Research at CIMMS

supports this through the research project 'Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES)'.

Research at CICS-M

supports this through the research project 'Evaluation of the NPOESS/VIIRS Aerosol Retrieval Algorithm'.

Research at CIMRS

supports this through the research project 'Acoustic Glider'.

Cooperative Institutes

About Us

The NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and from Alaska to Florida. Currently, NOAA supports 16 Cooperative Institutes consisting of 42 universities and research institutions across 23 states and the District of Columbia

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