In the US, when we check our local weather forecast, when our communities are recovering from an extreme weather event, or when our fisherfolk are at sea catching food, we are benefitting from the work of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

NOAA is a science-based agency of the federal government that was created by the executive branch in 1970, bringing together science-based commissions, bureaus and offices the country relied on for years, including what was known as the Weather Bureau, the Fisheries Commission, and the Survey of the Coast office.

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