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Dr. Jane Lubchenco, under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator. (Photo: YouTube/FIS)

NOAA receives USD 5.5 billion budget for FY 2012

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Thursday, February 17, 2011, 22:30 (GMT + 9)

President Obama has issued the FY 2012 budget for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), requesting USD 5.5 billion for the nation’s oceanic and atmospheric agency.

The proposed budget includes key investments to strengthen NOAA’s most critical programs and initiatives while addressing the administration’s goals of ensuring long-term economic growth, promoting innovation and American competitiveness, and reducing government spending.

POES Satellite in orbit. (Photo: NOAA)

The budget request represents a USD 56.8 million decrease compared to the 2011 budget. This budget focuses on program needs, identifies efficiencies, and ensures accountability across the agency.

Core functions and services are sustained, increases are requested for only the most critical programs, projects, or activities necessary to meet the nation’s growing demand for NOAA’s services, and careful cuts are made throughout the budget.

“Perhaps most significantly, this budget clearly recognizes the central role that science and technology play in stimulating the economy, creating new jobs and improving the health and security of Americans,” said Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator.

“Americans rely on NOAA science, services and stewardship to keep their families safe, their communities thriving, and their businesses strong. Our work is everyone’s business,” she continued.

NOAA’s budget will focus on an ambitious array of strategic priorities, including:

  • Improving prediction of high impact weather and water forecasts
  • Supporting sustainable oceans, fisheries, and communities
  • Providing critical investments in satellites and sensors to further NOAA’s observational mission
  • NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson at the Deepwater Horizon oil spill site. (Photo: NOAA)

This budget furthers NOAA’s commitment to strengthen science throughout the agency, providing support for the next generation of research and information to meet the growing demand for NOAA’s science and services and to drive economic recovery.

The proposed request includes USD 737 million for research and development related to climate, weather and ecosystem science and for infrastructure to support NOAA’s R&D enterprise.

NOAA will also build upon and enhance its existing climate services to meet the nation’s rapidly growing data and information demands. Included in the FY 2012 budget proposal are the details for a reorganization to establish a climate service within NOAA.

The reorganization is “budget neutral”; it does not change staffing levels, create new facilities or physically relocate any programs or laboratories.

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