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Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910

About Us and our organization

About NOAA Research

The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) or "NOAA Research" provides the research foundation for understanding the complex systems that support our planet. Working in partnership with other organizational units of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a bureau of the Department of Commerce, NOAA Research provides better forecasts, earlier warnings for natural disasters and a greater understanding of the Earth. Our role is to provide unbiased science to better manage the environment, nationally and globally.

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Introductory Videos

View these videos for an introduction to who we are and what we do

NOAA Research: Where Service Begins

Dr. Richard W. Spinrad, CMarSci, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), discusses the important contributions of NOAA Research to peoples’ lives. Runtime: 13:05

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Rick Spinrad

NOAA Research Laboratories

Dr. Alexander “Sandy” MacDonald, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Laboratories and Cooperative Institutes provides an introduction to the services provided by NOAA Research Laboratories. Runtime: 11:20

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Sandy MacDonald