NOAA Science & Technology Focus Areas

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NOAA’s new strategies in five key science and technology (S&T) focus areas will guide transformative advancements in the quality and timeliness of NOAA’s products and services across our mission areas.  Our strategies in the fields of (1) Unmanned Systems (UxS), (2) Artificial Intelligence (AI), (3) Cloud Computing, the use of advanced methods to analyze material such as DNA, RNA, or proteins, called (4) ‘Omics, and (5) Data, will help us more efficiently and effectively adopt the breakthrough S&T applications to help deliver the world’s best weather forecasts and to grow the American Blue Economy.

The draft NOAA Citizen Science Strategy is currently available for public comment. Comments may be submitted until September 8th following the directions in the Federal Register Notice announcing the draft Strategy.

                 NOAA Data Strategy

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                 NOAA Cloud Strategy

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              NOAA 'Omics Strategy

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The use of these tools is not new to NOAA. In fact we have robust experience and demonstrated leadership with applications across a variety of mission areas and are already delivering successful operational systems that are beginning to pay dividends. To illustrate, UxS is already helping us map and explore more of America’s oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes;  AI is analyzing satellite data for severe weather and wildfire detection; Cloud computing partnerships with commercial cloud service providers allow NOAA to make more of its valuable data publicly accessible; NOAA already manages (or has extensive experience managing) environmental data that form the basis of NOAA's scientific products and services; and, ‘omics is already informing fisheries management decisions. Implementing our strategies more fully will accelerate these advances and serve as force multipliers to solve tough problems and set the course to strengthen our environmental S&T leadership for the coming decades.

Summaries of the Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence, ‘Omics and Cloud Computing strategies highlight impactful examples in each domain and punctuate their five foundational goals.   

NOAA developed these strategies in accordance with guidance provided by the Administration and Congress, including the Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping, the Office of Science and Technology Policy FY21 Research and Development Priorities letter, the National Science and Technology Council report “Science and Technology for America’s Oceans: a Decadal Vision,” the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act and the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.  They also support the goals of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018, for example, to improve weather models and observations as well as the efficiency of NOAA’s computing resources.  

IMG_9861At the 2020 AGU Ocean Sciences Meeting, NOAA announced the final release of the first 3 S&T Strategies to guide transformational improvements in performance, effectiveness, and efficiency in every NOAA mission area. Here Dr. Greg Dusek (left), Dr. Tim Gallaudet (center), and Dr. Kelly Goodwin (right) hold up the NOAA Artificial Intelligence, Unmanned Systems, and ‘Omics Strategy documents, to which they respectively made significant contributions.