Recent announcements regarding the proposed budget cuts to NOAA have a lot of people wondering: What does NOAA do for the adaptation community, and what can the adaptation community do for NOAA? ASAP compiled an A to Z on Adaptation at NOAA to help answer those questions.

AC4 – Part of the FIREX program on fire research, prevention, and management. The AC4 program funded 10 new projects last year alone: 17 individual grants totaling $6.5 million to universities and non-Federal research laboratories.

Building Resilience in South Carolina’s Lowcountry through Regional Partnerships – This Sea Grant Program helps communities in South Carolina plan for and adapt to the area’s increasing flood challenges.

Climate Program Office – Situated under the Office of Ocean and Atmospheric Research (OAR), the CPO brings physical and social science together to address pressing climate challenges on a national and global scale.

Digital Coast – This website serves tailored data visualization, information, case studies, and trainings for communities and decision makers along U.S. coastlines.

Ecosystem Services – Ecosystem services are the benefits that nature provides to people.

Fisheries – Anglers took 61 million recreational fishing trips last year, caught 300 million fish and reported releasing 57% — awesome reporting!

Great Lakes Integrated Sciences & Assessments – A Great Lakes program distributing over $1.2 million in adaptation grants to over 54 partners across eight states and the province of Ontario.

High Plains Regional Climate Center – The climate data hub for our agricultural heart. HPRCC informs, protects, and serves tribes and agricultural communities in the central United States.

Ice Coverage & Extent – NOAA tracks changes to snowpacks on mountains and ice extent on the Great Lakes, regionally relevant climate change impacts. Of course the Arctic tracking informs shifts in our global system and we rely on NOAA to keep tabs on these shifts as well.

Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve – Located at one of the least-disturbed estuaries in the Northeast Corridor, this reserve’s researchers’ enhanced understanding of salinity and sea level rise inform adaptation programs across America.

Kachemak Bay NERR – This Alaskan NERR is ground zero for loss from sea level rise and permafrost loss, making it among the places in the U.S. most at risk from climate change. Lessons from here are being applied to climate-risk communities across the country.

Louisiana Coastal Zone – Varying from 16 to 32 miles inland from the Gulf Coast, the coastal zone spans 10 million acres and includes 40 percent of the nation’s coastal wetlands.

Minnesota Sea Grant – Off the =beaten path of adaptation, this Sea Grant program puts climate change front and center in work related to green infrastructure, coastal management, and water resource trainings.

NIDIS – This brainchild of the Western Governors Association delivers easily accessible drought information and administers the Drought Early Warning System that informs tribes, farmers, ranchers, and water managers across the country.

Observations – Nothing compares to observed data when it comes to make the case for climate change action. Observations are irrefutable and irreplaceable. The National Weather Service collects some 76 billion observations and issues 1.5 million forecasts and 50,000 warnings.


Oceans – There is only one global ocean! NOAA observation and management  teams monitors this essential resources and informs us on how prepare for climate impacts and curb our future climate footprint.

Pacific Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments – With its unique engagements with landfill operators, ranchers, and beach resorts, this RISA is a leader in private sector engagement and the business of adaptation.

Quarterly Climate Impacts & Outlooks – Quarterly outlooks inform regional decision making by providing case studies on impacts from the past season’s weather and providing insight on what’s coming up next.

Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessments – As NOAA’s social science home, this program supports hands-on integration of climate information and data through 10 regional programs and distributes over $10 million annually to universities across the country.

Sea Grant Network – This is the service home and work horse of NOAA. Sea Grant meets people where they are in schools, at docks, on the river and at the water’s edge across the country through research, extension, and education.


Satellites – Data from NOAA’s satellite network protects us every day and constantly enhance our understanding of our changing planet.

Traditional Ecological Knowledge – Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) plays an increasing role in the work done across the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), RISA, and Coastal Management programs.

U.S Climate Resilience Toolkit – The definitive source for case studies, decision support models, and data and visualization tools. This is the one stop shop for taking adaptation programs from planning to implementation.

Virginia Sea Grant – Building coalitions, advancing fellows, engaging with ports, military installations, rural and coastal communities, this Sea Grant program’s portfolio of adaptation accomplishments stands out.

Weather – Weather, water and climate events cause an average of approximately 650 deaths and $15 billion in damage per year and are responsible for 90 percent of all presidentially declared disasters. NOAA tells you when it is safe to sit on your porch and watch the storm roll in or hunker down and wait it out.

eXplorer – Climate eXplorer allows the user to layer information including health, land use, economic, demographic, and climate data necessary to have a holistic view of impacts and adaptation opportunities.

You! – NOAA’s program support the climate observations, research, engagement, training, resource development and more that you use everyday to do your adaptation work.

Zulu – Sometimes you need a simple Zulu Time conversion chart – NOAA’s got that too.

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