Friends of NOAA supports robust FY23 302(b) funding for NOAA research

Friends of NOAA joins other institutions and organizations to support robust FY23 302(b) funding for the Commerce, Justice, Science (CJS) portfolio, which includes the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The federal government is the country’s largest provider for basic research, which is necessary to keep the United States at
the forefront of innovations. Healthy funding for CJS portfolio research programs is congruent with the goal of Friends of NOAA for NOAA to be a premier agency for climate and extreme weather research, in order for NOAA to fulfill its Weather Ready Nation mission.

You can read the FY23 CJS 302(b) letter here.

NOAA Administrator Dr. Spinrad comments on the signing of the bipartisan infrastructure investment

The following is released from NOAA, and can be found at

“NOAA touches the life of every American each day, and the historic investments reflected in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act signed today by President Biden underscore the importance of our science, service, and stewardship mission. Over the next five years the $2.96 billion dollar investments for NOAA laid out in this legislation will improve and significantly expand equitable access to our weather and climate prediction capabilities and services; enhance coastal resilience and habitat restoration efforts, including Pacific salmon recovery; and improve our modeling capacity through investments in supercomputing infrastructure.

The nation’s infrastructure of the future needs to be climate smart, climate ready, and climate resilient to prepare communities for the on the ground impacts of increasingly intense precipitation, hurricanes, flooding, drought, extreme heat, and fire weather events. As an integral part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NOAA’s data, analysis and predictions are used by businesses of all sizes to make critical decisions daily. This significant increase in resources for NOAA will benefit the business community across a range of sectors from agriculture to energy to transportation, especially when it comes to products and services that help prepare for extreme weather and climate-driven events.

This historic investment would not be possible without the extraordinary leadership of President Biden and his strong vision for resilient infrastructure and efficient operations of many sectors, and for the House and Senate leaders who support making it a reality.”

— Dr. Rick Spinrad

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: A $2.96 billion investment in NOAA’s future


  • $492 million to improve NOAA’s coastal and inland flood mapping, forecasting, and water modeling. These investments will improve NOAA’s capability to better inform life and property decisions and mitigate flooding impacts to the U.S. population and economy.
  • $150 million to enhance observing systems that gather crucial data about our coastal, ocean and Great Lakes environment. NOAA will make critical investments in advanced observing technology.  These investments will help measure how environmental observing systems can provide critical data about the marine ecosystem. 
  • $50 million to improve wildfire prediction, modeling, and forecasting. NOAA will work to improve short-term forecasts to better predict fire behavior and longer-term modeling of interactions among climate variability, climate change, and the likelihood of hazardous wildfire conditions.
  • $50 million for scientific instruments and equipment to support wildfire observation. NOAA will procure new instruments and equipment, and update existing equipment to improve wildfire prediction, detection, observation, modeling, and forecasting. 
  • $1 million for research on soil moisture and snowpack in the upper Missouri River basin. This investment will support the NOAA National Mesonet Program to establish a monitoring system for forecasters and river managers to adequately assess drought conditions and flood potential—both of which are critical to the protection of life and property in the entire Missouri River Basin. 


  • $491 million to provide funding and technical assistance to restore marine, estuarine, and Great Lakes ecosystems, and to help prevent flood damage in coastal communities. This investment helps protect the safety and well-being of coastal communities by buffering shorelines from erosion, reducing flooding, and removing potentially hazardous structures.
  • $80 million to improve supercomputing infrastructure to support weather and climate models. This investment will enable NOAA to procure research supercomputing equipment used for weather and climate model development to improve drought, flood, and wildfire prediction, detection, and forecasting. 
  • $56 million to enhance Regional Ocean Partnerships for the coordination of  interstate and intertribal management of ocean and coastal resources. This investment will enhance the use of Regional Ocean Partnerships — voluntary, multi-state, typically Governor-established forums that identify shared priorities and take action on a diversity of ocean, coastal and Great Lakes issues important to their geographies and communities. With NOAA’s support, these long-standing partnerships are an effective means of fostering best practices of interagency coordination, data-informed ocean and coastal management, and thoughtful engagement with regional constituents. 
  • $25 million to enable data acquisition that supports improved measurements of soil moisture and snowpack. This investment will support a NOAA study and pilot program with the state mesonet programs in the Upper Missouri River Basin. The program will examine soil moisture and snowpack monitoring in the Upper Missouri River Basin pursuant to section 511(b)(3) of the Water Resources Development Act of 2020. 


  • $492 million to support coastal resilience and restoration through National Oceans and Coastal Security Fund grants. This investment supports climate-resilient adaptation for industry and communities, and promotes sustainable job opportunities. Funding will help restore and strengthen natural infrastructure to protect coastal communities, including those who have historically lacked investment and access to resources, while also enhancing habitats for fish and wildlife. 
  • $400 million to enhance fish passage by restoring barriers and providing technical assistance under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (15% of funding reserved for tribes). These funds will help protect and restore habitats that sustain fisheries, recover protected species, and maintain resilient ecosystems and communities.
  • $207 million for habitat restoration through the Coastal Zone Management Act. Coastal Zone Management grants will enable approved coastal programs to better prepare for and become more resilient to storms, flooding and inundation, erosion, tsunamis, sea-level rise and lake-level changes, and other natural hazards that affect U.S. coastlines.
  • $200 million to support marine debris prevention and removal ($50M reserved for NOAA Sea Grant). These investments will support the NOAA Marine Debris Program, which promotes action to reduce debris in our ocean, including clean up and response needed as a result of severe marine debris events. 
  • $172 million to support recovery efforts for Pacific coastal salmon. These investments will protect, restore, and conserve Pacific salmon and steelhead and their habitats through competitive funding to states and Tribes.
  • $77 million to support habitat restoration through the National Estuarine Research Reserves. These investments will support stewardship activities at each of the 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves that support habitat conservation, restoration, and the development of decision support tools.
  • $20 million to support Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, and Essential Fish Habitat consultation and permitting. These investments will allow NOAA to provide more efficient, accurate, and timely permit reviews, through the training of personnel, development of programmatic documents, procurement of technical or scientific services, development of data and information systems, stakeholder and community engagement, and the development of analysis tools, techniques, and guidance.

Dr. Spinrad completes first 100 days as NOAA Administrator


September 30, 2021, marks the 100th day for NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad in guiding the agency with three overarching priorities: establishing NOAA as the primary authoritative provider of climate information and services while the nation tackles the climate crisis; integrating equity into our operations; and promoting economic development while maintaining environmental stewardship, with a focus on advancing the Blue Economy.

Enhancing NOAA’s climate authority

Dr. Spinrad: “It is my top priority to establish NOAA’s role as the primary authoritative provider of climate products and services that can be applied to a diverse range of missions, just as NOAA is the authoritative provider of weather forecasts, navigational charts, and stock assessments. We play a unique role in that not only do we collect data and conduct research, but we are mandated to make it operational. We provide the public and our federal, state, tribal, and private sector partners with actionable environmental information so they can make decisions in the face of climate change. No matter the need, people will know they can turn to NOAA for reliable, easy-to-use climate information. We are already seeing increasing demands for this, as demonstrated by the record-setting summer of extreme heat, exceptional drought, raging wildfires, unprecedented rains, and damaging hurricanes. The climate crisis is upon us and NOAA is a key part of the whole-of-government response.” 

Integrating equity

Dr. Spinrad: “To fully realize NOAA’s mission, we must integrate equity into everything we do. I have made equity a central focus and it is to be embedded in everything we do. Doing so will better position NOAA to help tackle the climate crisis, produce better science, deliver better services, be better stewards of the environment and the economy, and build a more inclusive workforce.”

Economic development, sustainability, and partnerships

Dr. Spinrad: “One of my top priorities is to bolster sustainable economic development. A key component of accomplishing this is advancing the blue economy, which I define as the knowledge-based ocean economy: looking to the ocean for data, information, and knowledge that can be applied to new, sustainable business development, products, and services in new and traditional ocean-based sectors. The Blue Economy offers opportunities for sustainable, climate-smart innovation and economic growth based on sound science.”

Friends of NOAA congratulates Dr. Spinrad on his first 100 days in office and the vision that is emerging for NOAA in the years ahead.

Friends of NOAA welcomes Dr. Spinrad to NOAA

On June 18, 2021, Dr. Richard Spinrad became the new Administrator of NOAA. Friends of NOAA (FoNOAA) welcomes Dr.Spinrad to his new role at the Agency, and wishes him success in the NOAA mission. We also welcome Janet Coit as the new Assistant Administrator for Fisheries and Acting Deputy NOAA Administrator. 

Now is a critical time for NOAA to have strong leadership while communities across the world face the impacts of extreme weather and climate change. FoNOAA encourages NOAA stakeholders to work collectively to mitigate and adapt to those impacts, and seek long-term solutions together. We appreciate the Senate confirmations of Dr. Spinrad and Ms. Coit to their new leadership roles.

FoNOAA Concerned by President’s NOAA Relocation Plan

Since 2005, Friends of NOAA has worked to support NOAA’s interdependent science, service, and stewardship missions, and we are concerned about the proposed reorganization’s short- and long- term impacts on NOAA’s ability to execute core, Congressionally-mandated missions. It is essential that NOAA’s home in the federal government ensures that the agency is best able to fulfill critical requirements to save lives and property and conserve our ocean, coasts, and fisheries…

2012-01-18 FoNOAA Statement re- NOAA Relocation

Friends of NOAA Speak Out on NOAA Relocation Proposal

2/7/12: NOAA grapples with uncertainty over Obama reorganization plan (Government Executive)

1/22/12: NOAA’s proposed move raises questions about its role (Washington Post)

1/17/12: Proposed NOAA move to Interior facing opposition (Washington Post Capital Weather Gang)

1/17/12: Obama’s reorganization plans earn early criticism (Washington Post Federal Eye)

1/14/12: White House Seeks to Merge Agencies (Wall Street Journal)

1/13/12: Obama’s Reorganization Plan Could Erode NOAA’s Capabilities (NRDC)

Senators Support Increasing NOAA Budget in FY2011 and Beyond

Our oceans and coasts are sources of great economic and environmental wealth for the nation. The ocean and coastal economies of the United States produce over 50 million jobs for Americans and contribute nearly 60 percent of our Gross Domestic Product. Over one-third of our nation’s economy is sensitive to weather and climate. the strength of our “Blue Economy” depends on the health of our oceans and coasts, the communities they support, and strong federal leadership to conserve and manage these resources…

FY11 2009-08-10 Letter Senate CST OAFCG to DOC, OMB re- FY11 Budget

FoNOAA Endorses Nomination of Dr. Jane Lubchenco as NOAA Administrator

On behalf of the Friends of NOAA Coalition, we the undersigned strongly endorse President Obama’s nomination of Dr. Jane Lubchenco as the new Undersecretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). We hope the Committee and Senate are able to act expeditiously on Dr. Lubchenco’s appointment…

2009-02-11 FoNOAA to Senate CST re- Lubchenco endorsement

FoNOAA Supports Stimulus Funding for NOAA Programs

On behalf of the Friends of NOAA Coalition, we the undersigned are writing to express our thanks to the House and Senate for recognizing the important contributions National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) programs make to the economy and convey our strong support for funding provided for NOAA in H.R. 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The programs and activities proposed in the House and Senate bills, including investments in critical infrastructure and habitat restoration, would generate direct economic benefits while also enhancing the agency’s capacity to provide essential information for decision makers to better manage the ocean and understand climate-related changes in an increasingly stressed environment…

2009-02-11 FoNOAA to Conferees re- American Recovery and Reinvestment Act