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NOAA Strategic Plan in 5 minutes

NOAA's staff and stakeholders are busy people, but it's important for us all to be on the same page about what we do and why we do it. So, if you don't have time to read NOAA's Strategic Plan from cover to cover right now, zoom through it in this Prezi.

Avery Sen

on 29 March 2014

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Transcript of NOAA Strategic Plan in 5 minutes



To understand and predict changes in
climate, weather, oceans, and coasts...
To share that knowledge and
information with others, and...
To conserve and manage coastal and
marine ecosystems and resources

Resilient Ecosystems, Communities, and Economies
Healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies...
that are resilient in the face of change

Weather-Ready Nation:
Society is prepared for and responds to weather-related events
Healthy Oceans:
Marine fisheries, habitats, and biodiversity are sustained within healthy and productive ecosystems
Resilient Coastal Communities and Economies:
Coastal and Great Lakes communities are environmentally and economically sustainable
Climate Adaptation and Mitigation:
An informed society anticipating and responding to climate and its impacts
Long-term Goals:

NOAA’s mission of science, service, and stewardship is directed to a particular vision of the future.
Resilient human communities and economies maintain or improve their health and vitality over time by:

diffusing, and
adapting to change.
To this end, NOAA will focus on four long-term goals.

These are goals that cannot be achieved without the Agency conducting its mission.
NOAA’s mission statement summarizes the Agency’s fundamental responsibilities.
The objectives identified here are the basis for NOAA's planning, performance management, and stakeholder engagement over the next five years.

Objectives are outcomes NOAA can achieve on the path to its long-term goals...
and toward a more capable, flexible enterprise.
Climate Objectives:

Improved scientific understanding of the changing climate system and its impacts

Assessments of current and future states of the climate system that identify potential impacts and inform science, service, and stewardship decisions

Mitigation and adaptation choices supported by sustained, reliable, and timely climate services

A climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions
Weather Objectives:

Reduced loss of life, property, and disruption from high-impact events

Improved freshwater resource management

Improved transportation efficiency and safety

Healthy people and communities due to improved air and water quality services

A more productive and efficient economy through environmental information relevant to key sectors of the U.S. economy
Oceans Objectives:

Improved understanding of ecosystems to inform resource management decisions

Recovered and healthy marine and coastal species

Healthy habitats that sustain resilient and thriving marine resources and communities

Sustainable fisheries and safe seafood for healthy populations and vibrant communities
Coasts Objectives:

Resilient coastal communities that can adapt to the impacts of hazards and climate change

Comprehensive ocean and coastal planning and management

Safe, efficient and environmentally sound marine transportation

Improved coastal water quality supporting human health and coastal ecosystem services

Safe, environmentally sound Arctic access and resource management
NOAA’s Next Generation Strategic Plan emerged from extensive consultations with NOAA employees and our stakeholders.

It is intended to facilitate...

Well-reasoned, transparent decision-making and investment choices based on priorities

Alignment of requirements for resources with requirements for products and services

Monitoring the effectiveness of outputs in contributing to societal outcomes

Common understanding of roles, responsibilities, and the meaning of “success”

Enterprise-wide capabilities are required to achieve NOAA’s strategic goals.
Science & Technology
Organization & Administration

NOAA’s long-term scientific and technical challenge:

Develop and apply holistic, integrated Earth system approaches
to understand the processes that connect changes in
the atmosphere, ocean, space, land surface, and cryosphere
with ecosystems, organisms, and humans over different scales.
Science and Technology Objectives:

A holistic understanding of the Earth system through research

Accurate and reliable data from sustained and integrated Earth observing systems

An integrated environmental modeling system
Often, the best way for NOAA to meet stakeholder needs is to deliver its data, information, and knowledge to those who have not yet accessed it.

NOAA must understand these needs at all levels—within the U.S. and abroad—and respond to them.
Engagement Objectives:

An engaged and educated public with an improved capacity to make scientifically informed environmental decisions

Integrated services meeting the evolving demands of regional stakeholders

Full and effective use of international partnerships and policy leadership to achieve NOAA’s mission objectives
Effective management ensures that core competencies are used most effectively and final services have the greatest impact.

NOAA’s managerial efforts provide the rest of the Agency with the staff, the infrastructure, and the financial capital needed to get the job done.
Organization & Administration Objectives:

Diverse and constantly evolving capabilities in NOAA’s workforce

A modern IT infrastructure for a scientific enterprise

Modern, safe, and sustainable facilities

A high-performing organization with integrated, efficient, and effective business systems and management processes
Resilient communities and institutions derive goods from ecosystems in a way that does not compromise ecosystem integrity,
yet is economically feasible and socially just for future generations.
Find the full Plan online at:
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