The Friends of NOAA (FoNOAA) are supporters, stakeholders, employees, and partners of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who join together to encourage Congress and the Administration to adequately support the agency’s mission and budget.
FoNOAA believes that NOAA is essential to America’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life, and that only a balanced approach to funding the agency will allow NOAA to realize the greatest economic and job creation benefits for the American people. During 2020, there were 22 weather events that resulted in more than $95 billion of damage. Since 1980 there have been 285 major weather events totaling nearly 2 trillion dollars in damage. These disasters often disproportionately harm our nation’s most vulnerable communities. In addition to coastal storms, wildfires, droughts, tornadoes, and floods inflict billions of dollars of damage each year.
Weather disasters are becoming more frequent, more dangerous, and costlier to the nation, especially in rural, agricultural, and disadvantaged communities. NOAA needs strong financial support to be able to bolster climate research, to prepare for our new climate reality, mitigate worsening conditions, improve our national and economic security, and build climate resilience. With over half of Americans living along our coasts, insured coastal property worth some $9 trillion, and weather- and climate- sensitive industries accounting for an overwhelming majority of US GDP, it is clear that investments in NOAA provide superior value to the nation by enabling businesses and government to better manage risk and optimize decision making.
For a list of entities currently involved in FoNOAA activities, see our Members.
For examples of our efforts to support NOAA, see our Archives.
For information about joining FoNOAA or lending your support, please Contact Us.