Thursday, April 25, 2019

NOAA Goals and Enterprise Objectives

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).    

CI Location Map

JISAO research at the forefront of basic and applied investigations on such critical issues as climate change and its impacts on humans and ecosystems, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments and tsunami modeling and forecasting. CIMRS conducts research in fisheries science, aquaculture, oceanography, marine-resource technology and related fields. CIOSS conducts research involving satellite remote sensing of the ocean and air-sea interface. CIMEC research falls under four themes:  A) Climate and Coastal Observations, Analysis, and Prediction, B) Climate Research and Impacts, C) Marine Ecosystems, and D) Ecosystem-Based Management. CIRES researchers explore all aspects of the earth system and search for ways to better understand how natural and human-made disturbances impact our dynamic planet. CIRA conducts interdisciplinary research in the atmospheric sciences. CIMMS promotes research in the areas of mesoscale weather and regional-scale climate processes. CIMSS scientists conduct research using remote sensing systems for meteorological and surface-based applications. CILER reserach aims to improve scientific understanding and the prediction of key physical, chemical and biological processes in order to facilitate the restoration, protection and management of Great Lakes natural resources. CINAR conducts and coordinates cutting-edge research engaging both NOAA and academic scientists to enable informed decisions by NOAA for sustainable and beneficial management of the northwestern Atlantic shelf ecosystem. CICAR facilitates a multi-disciplinary collaboration between NOAA and Columbia University in Earth climate research and education. CICS-P conducts research in the areas of earth systme modeling, data assimilation and earth system modeling applications. CICS-M performs collaborative research aimed at enhancing NOAA's ability to use satellite observations and Earth System models. NGI conducts research that builds an integrated, comprehensive understanding of natural and human impacts on northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystems and associated economies to improve its management. CIOERT explores and studies the nation’s ocean frontiers using innovation and cutting edge technologies. CIMAS research is focused upon improved understanding of the Earth’s oceans and atmosphere in support of NOAA’s mission requirements. CIFAR conducts ecosystem and environmental research related to Alaska and its associated Arctic regions, including the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Chukchi/Beaufort Seas, and Arctic Ocean. Cooperative Institute for the Pacific Island Region

Listed below are some examples of the current research being conducted at the Cooperative Institutes.


NOAA Goal - Healthy Oceans

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

Galatheid crab

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. 

Remote-operated aircraft

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.

West coast satellite image

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.

Baja CA Peninsula

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 through the research project "Implementation of the Great Lakes Observing System (GLOS, 2008-2011)".

Research at CIMEC supports this thought the research project "New Comparison of Ocean Temperatures Reveal Rise over the Last Century".

Research at CINAR supports this through the research project "Global Ocean Observing Coordination Activities".

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.

Atlantis R/V

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

Research at CIMSS 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".