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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.

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.

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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:

Develop

Engagement mechanisms with the U.S. private weather industry

Enhance

Two-way collaboration, coordination, and feedback between operations and research to accelerate the pace of capability improvements

Support

Community modeling efforts beneficial to both operational support and research questions

Guide

Collaborative efforts to include both operational and research priorities in planning phases

WPO Programs

Subseasonal to Seasonal
Social Science
Disaster-Related Supplemental Appropriations
Weather Research Observations
Joint Technology Transfer Initiative
FACETs
Testbed and Air Quality
National Earth System Prediction Capability

OUR MISSION

Driving collaborative weather research to develop and transition products and services that provide accurate and actionable weather information for all.

Our Vision

A Weather Ready Nation
powered by innovative research.

Integrity

We adhere to the highest scientific, personal, and professional standards.

Inclusive Innovation

We welcome a wide diversity of experiences, knowledge, and ideas to drive open-science solutions.

Teamwork

We value collaborative approaches and transparent communications across WPO and with our partners.

Social Stewardship

Everything we do is geared towards benefiting society.

Results-Driven

We achieve high-quality research outcomes to measurably advance the NOAA mission.

-WPO Core Values

OUR MISSION

Driving collaborative weather research to develop and transition products and services that provide accurate and actionable weather information for all.

Our Vision

A Weather Ready Nation
powered by innovative research.

Integrity

We adhere to the highest scientific, personal, and professional standards.

Inclusive Innovation

We welcome a wide diversity of experiences, knowledge, and ideas to drive open-science solutions.

Teamwork

We value collaborative approaches and transparent communications across WPO and with our partners.

Social Stewardship

Everything we do is geared towards benefiting society.

Results-Driven

We achieve high-quality research outcomes to measurably advance the NOAA mission.

-WPO Core Values

Recently Renamed the Weather Program Office

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.

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