National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
See Also: NOAA Corps
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
) 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:
- 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.
- 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