New NOAA funding seeks to invest $904M over 5 years in climate data & services, getting critical information and tools to support decisions that address severe weather and ocean health.
Over the next five years, the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is focusing federal efforts and investments in habitat restoration, coastal resilience, and climate data and services to progress toward climate resilience.
Since every community and the nation’s economy are impacted by climate, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo said, “Funding will be used to support transformational projects that will help communities, especially underserved communities, build up local climate resilience and climate-ready infrastructure.”
NOAA will select high-impact projects that will incentivize investments in communities, states, and regions that can drive additional funding to complementary projects.
Funded projects will support three major initiatives:
- Climate Data and Services ($904 million over five years)
This whole-of-government effort will address the climate crisis by getting critical information and tools in the hands of decision-makers, particularly to address floods, wildfire, drought, and ocean health.
NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. remarked, “We’ll help ensure … our climate and data products reflect the needs of decision makers.”
- Climate Ready Coasts ($1.467 billion over five years)
Coastal communities will receive investments in nature-based solutions and green infrastructure projects that build coastal resilience, store carbon, remove marine debris, and restore habitat.
- Fisheries and Protected Resources ($592 million over five years)
NOAA will advance efforts to restore important fisheries habitat and promote community economic development.
Awards will “be responsive to the need for better climate information.” In addition, investments will leverage partnerships and “ensure the impact of its funding is equitable, coordinated, and results in projects that benefit Tribal Nations and underserved and underrepresented communities.”