Dr. Michael C. Morgan Confirmed as Deputy NOAA Administrator

Dr. Michael C. Morgan Confirmed as Deputy NOAA Administrator

Michael C. Morgan, Ph.D., has been confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as assistant secretary of commerce for environmental observation and prediction, and he will also serve as deputy NOAA administrator.

In this role, Morgan will be responsible for providing agency-wide direction with regard to weather, water, climate, and ocean observations, including in situ instruments and satellites, and the process of converting observations to predictions for environmental threats.

“Dr. Morgan will be an invaluable addition to the Department and to our NOAA leadership team,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo. “His decades of world-renowned atmospheric and oceanic scientific expertise and dedicated service to the community make him ideally qualified to help guide NOAA’s lifesaving observation and prediction activities.”

Michael C. MorganDr. Michael Morgan. Credit: University of Wisconsin- Madison

Morgan brings over 25 years of demonstrated scientific leadership to this position. He most recently served as a professor and associate department chair in the Department of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where his research was focused on the analysis, diagnosis, prediction, and predictability of mid-latitude and tropical weather systems. 

I am excited to welcome Dr. Morgan to NOAA, and look forward to working with him to advance NOAA’s mission,” said NOAA Administrator Rick Spinrad, Ph.D. “His expertise will be  especially critical as climate change necessitates an even  greater reliance on NOAA’s world-class observations and predictions to support sustainable economic growth, protect property, and save lives.”    

“I look forward to working with the exceptional team at NOAA to advance our nation’s earth system prediction capabilities, ensure that our workforce reflects the diversity of our country and the communities we serve, and develop tools so that our authoritative weather and climate data can be used even more effectively,” said Morgan. “We know that communities across the country rely on NOAA data products as they develop and execute plans to improve preparedness for extreme weather and environmental change.” 


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