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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

See Also: NOAA Corps
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an agency of the United States Department of Commerce. NOAA operates a network of weather satellites, the National Weather Service, the National Hurricane Center, and cooperates with the National Ice Center.

The NOAA has a two-fold mission:

  1. Environmental assessment and prediction—to observe and assess the state of our environment, while protecting public safety and the United States' economic and environmental security through accurate forecasting.
  2. Environmental stewardship—protect ocean, coastal and living marine resources while assisting their economic development.

NOAA data are relevant to the issues of global warming and ozone depletion.


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