NOAA is announcing new strategies to dramatically expand the agency’s application of four emerging science and technology focus areas — NOAA Unmanned Systems, Artificial Intelligence, ‘Omics, and the Cloud — to guide transformative advancements in the quality and timeliness of NOAA science, products and services.
“NOAA is a pioneer with a strong track record of applying the latest science and technology and these new strategies will allow us to dramatically expand these applications across our mission areas,” said Neil Jacobs, Ph.D., acting NOAA administrator. “These detailed strategies will enable us to achieve our priorities of reclaiming and maintaining global leadership in numerical weather prediction and sustainably expanding the American Blue Economy.”
These draft strategies, open for public comment through December 16, were highlighted at a White House Summit on Partnerships in Ocean Science and Technology, which convened key players from across the ocean science and technology community including representatives of industry, academia, government, philanthropy, and the private sector. The event promoted partnerships in ocean science and technology, showcased American leadership, and engaged the community to explore the unknown ocean, advance marine science, and promote new technologies.
“Emerging technologies like AI, unmanned systems, ‘omics, and cloud services hold incredible promise to solve our greatest challenges. The Trump Administration remains committed to unlocking this potential for the benefit of all Americans through national strategies and initiatives. NOAA’s emerging science and technology strategies demonstrate our whole of government approach to innovation and we look forward to continued collaboration and leadership,” said Michael Kratsios, Chief Technology Officer of the United States.
The strategies developed by NOAA to improve the efficiency, effectiveness and coordination of their development and usage across the agency, include:
Full strategy documents are available from the NOAA Research Council.
NOAA developed these draft strategies in accordance with guidance provided by the Administration and Congress, including 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 Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017, the Commercial Engagement Through Ocean Technology (CENOTE) Act and the Federal Cloud Computing Strategy.