The director of NOAA’s parent agency, the Department of Commerce, debuted a slide show on the “revised” version of the central mission of NOAA. The Trump administration appears to be planning to shift the mission of one of the most important federal science agencies that works on climate change — away from climate change.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is part of the Department of Commerce, operates a myriad of earth-observing satellites. Because of its work on climate science data collection and analysis, it has become one of the most important American agencies for making sense of our warming planet. But that focus may shift, according to a slide presentation at a Department of Commerce meeting by Tim Gallaudet, the acting head of the agency.
In the presentation, which included descriptions of the past and present missions for the agency, the past mission listed three items, starting with “to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts.” In contrast, Gallaudet dropped the word “climate.” It leaves the first line to begin with “to observe, understand and predict atmospheric and ocean conditions.”
The presentation also included a new emphasis: “To protect lives and property, empower the economy, and support homeland and national security.”
Will this signify a change of mission based upon the Trump administration’s continued denial of “climate change?”
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