It’s time to Chart the Future to better prepare for the external developments and challenges we face while continuing to serve as the nation’s most trusted source on environmental leadership. Join us in our commitment to reassess and renew the mission, vision, and goals of NOAA as part of the Next Generation Strategic Plan.

What trends will shape our future?

What challenges or opportunities will we face?

What should NOAA strive to accomplish?

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The objective of the Next Generation Strategic Plan is to inform and respond to the priorities of the new administration; to engage and respond to stakeholders; to respond to the long-term external challenges facing the agency; and to meet the GPRA and related requirements. This initiative aims to support our role in helping understand and predict changes in Earth's environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social, and environmental needs.

For more information on the development of the NGSP, please refer to the NGSP Presentation or the more detailed NGSP Terms of Reference. You may also refer to the schedule of events, a regularly updated timeline of the NGSP development process.

NOAA’s Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) is leading the development of the NGSP, to be completed in early 2010. Throughout this year-long development, we'll gather and analyze data on long-term trends, challenges, and uncertainties from a variety of perspectives—environmental, economic, political, scientific, technological, and social. And we want you to be a part of it. Please share your insight, knowledge, and vision. You can and will make a difference through the next 25 years and beyond.