NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)        

A branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce whose mission statement is as follows: "To understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment and preserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our Nation's economic, social and environmental needs".

To fulfill this mission the NOAA have a variety of goals including:

· Protect restore and manage the use of coastal and ocean resources through ecosystem-based management
· Understand climate variability and change to enhance society's ability to plan and respond
· Serve society's needs for weather and water information