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02/18/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/18/2020 15:36

NOAA finalizes strategies for applying emerging science and technology

February 18, 2020

NOAA today released a set of final strategies to dramatically expand the agency's application of three emerging science and technology focus areas - NOAA Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence and 'Omics - that will also guide transformative advancements in the quality and timeliness of NOAA science, products and services.

'NOAA already has robust experience with these applications across a range of mission areas and is delivering successful operational systems that are beginning to pay dividends, whether in helping to improve weather forecasts or fish stock assessments,' said retired Navy Rear Adm. Tim Gallaudet, Ph.D., assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and deputy NOAA administrator, speaking at the American Geophysical Union's Ocean Sciences Meeting.

'These strategies will accelerate the implementation of the most effective science and technology applications to advance NOAA's mission to protect life and property and grow the American Blue Economy,' said Gallaudet.

The strategies developed by NOAA include:

  • Unmanned Systems Strategy: In recognition of the opportunities unmanned systems present for addressing NOAA's mission priorities, the NOAA Unmanned Systems Strategy provides a framework to efficiently provide requirements-driven, safe, cost-effective, and compliant Unmanned Systems services across the agency. It also prioritizes strategic investments in Unmanned Systems applications and technologies that fuel innovation and strengthen operations, and accelerates and enhances capabilities through partnerships.

  • Artificial Intelligence Strategy: The overarching goal of the NOAA Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy is to utilize AI to advance NOAA's requirements-driven mission priorities. Through this strategy, NOAA seeks to reduce the cost of data processing, and provide higher quality and more timely scientific products and services for societal benefits.

  • 'Omics Strategy: In recognition of the opportunities and challenges presented by the advent of tools associated with 'omics - a suite of advanced methods used to analyze material such as DNA, RNA, or proteins - the NOAA 'Omics Strategy provides a framework to advance the application of 'omics to address mission priorities. The strategy leverages NOAA's current organizational structure to more effectively implement 'omics through improvements in computational and analytical capacities, targeted research, technology transition, workforce proficiency, and partnerships across NOAA's lines, federal agencies, and extramural research and commercial communities.

Full strategy documents are available here.

These final strategies include input received during a public comment period last year. A draft version of a fourth strategy, NOAA's Cloud Strategy, is being finalized for a later release.

More about the strategies

NOAA developed these strategies in accordance with guidance provided by the Administration and Congress, including the Presidential Memorandum on Ocean Mapping, the Office of Science and Technology Policy FY21 Research and Development Priorities letter, the National Science and Technology Council report 'Science and Technology for America's Oceans: a Decadal Vision,' the Executive Order on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence, the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act, and the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.

They also support the goals of the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018, for example, to improve weather models and observations as well as the efficiency of NOAA's computing resources.

Media contact

Chris Vaccaro, (202) 482-3978