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NOAA Data Focus Area

What is Data?

Data are foundational to the mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Equitable and open access to high quality NOAA data significantly enhances the value and the return on the Nation’s investment.Observations form the basis of NOAA’s products and services; these are continuously collected from the bottom of the seafloor to the top of the atmosphere and beyond. These observations are used for a variety of activities such as analyses and predictions of the earth system, nautical charts, and support to decision making for safety of life and property, fisheries and ecosystem management, the Blue Economy, and any number of other NOAA missions. Each of these products and services, in turn, generate their own data, all of which must be effectively managed by the agency. NOAA data are a critical strategic asset used to ensure accountability,  manage operations, and to maintain and enhance the performance of  the economy, public health, and welfare.

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NOAA Science and Technology Focus Areas

There are six science and technology focus areas guiding transformative advancements in the quality and timeliness of NOAA’s products and services.