Our close partnership with the National Weather Service allows us to fund projects that improve knowledge about tropical cyclones, severe storms, extreme precipitation, air pollution, and social science—and to integrate weather, water, and climate forecasting and mitigation.
WPO brings together the best of the Weather Enterprise to collaborate on cutting-edge weather research.
We work closely with federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector to develop and transition weather research.
Creating a Weather Ready Nation
In pursuit of its vision and mission, WPO works closely with the National Weather Service (NWS) to help develop and transition weather research, including hurricanes, severe thunderstorms, heavy precipitation, and air pollution. Additionally, WPO utilizes social science to learn how to deal with the uncertainties weather presents and to inform its engagement and communication with researchers, funders, and the public.
Furthermore, WPO selects and funds research that supports and fosters collaborations — within NOAA’s research laboratories and across the weather enterprise (i.e., NOAA, other Federal agencies and entities, state and local governments, academia, and the private sector). This coordination includes:
Engagement mechanisms with the U.S. private weather industry
Two-way collaboration, coordination, and feedback between operations and research to accelerate the pace of capability improvements
Community modeling efforts beneficial to both operational support and research questions
Collaborative efforts to include both operational and research priorities in planning phases
Driving collaborative weather research to develop and transition products and services that provide accurate and actionable weather information for all.
A Weather Ready Nation
powered by innovative research.
We adhere to the highest scientific, personal, and professional standards.
We welcome a wide diversity of experiences, knowledge, and ideas to drive open-science solutions.
We value collaborative approaches and transparent communications across WPO and with our partners.
Everything we do is geared towards benefiting society.
We achieve high-quality research outcomes to measurably advance the NOAA mission.
-WPO Core Values
Several of the labs and programs that make up NOAA Research received new names to better reflect their mission and contributions, thanks to a newly-announced reorganization effort. The Office of Weather and Air Quality is now The Weather Program Office.