NOAA provides the science, service, and stewardship that citizens need to react to and plan for the changing environment around them. To help achieve its mission, NOAA must bring forth the best natural science work fully integrated with the social, behavioral, and economic sciences to affect meaningful change. Utilizing the full breadth of what the social sciences have to offer will increase the impact of NOAA investments and improve the creation and communication of societal value.

There is now widespread acknowledgement that a deep understanding of the societal context of NOAA’s work is crucial to effectively carrying out its mission. The need for social science has and always will exist at NOAA to bridge NOAA’s environmental intelligence and society’s needs.

Societal Impacts of NOAA Valuing the Societal Impacts of NOAA
NOAA activities support science, service, and stewardship that protect life, health, and property and create economic value, income, and jobs. Across the agency, we have begun collecting data on the economic importance of the sectors we support read more…
Data and Tools Data and Tools
Coastal and ocean management requires up to date information about the economic uses and the human and economic values of coastal resources. NOAA provides a variety of social and economic data that policy makers can use to better manage the coasts and oceans read more…