Recognizing the world class scientific, economic, safety, and public health benefits that NOAA provides our nation, the Friends of NOAA (FoNOAA) strongly encourages Congress fund the Agency at a level of at least $7.2 billion in FY 2023. This funding increase is essential to enable NOAA to continue its leadership, front-line role in confronting the global climate crisis.
The services and outreach provided by NOAA offices are critical to citizens and policy makers’ ability to protect life and property, and to make decisions that mitigate environmental impacts. They also play an important role in informing strategic investments and improvements to build back an improved and more equitable economy and society in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.
Robust and predictable science funding for NOAA is critical for our nation’s security and to remain a world leader in climate, atmospheric and oceanic science, research, and technology. This support will also allow the Agency to continue to build partnerships with industry, which improves the nation’s ability to turn science into real-world success, and with community stakeholders, who are critical to locally-informed solutions and public education.