Site Information

This website is designed to provide the public with information about research in weather and air quality, particularly the research in the NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ). Within the OWAQ website, this page describes the site’s organization and provides technical and navigational information.

Purpose and Organization

This website is for anyone who wants to learn more about weather and air quality research. The site is primarily directed to researchers, within and without NOAA, but it also is relevant to the general public, educators and students, policymakers, and members of the media.


Every attempt has been made to make this website compliant with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Additionally, we have provided a link to a detailed Site Index at the bottom of every page. This index provides a direct link to every page in the site for simple text navigation.

Please let us know if you find specific accessibility problems.

Editorial Policy

This site is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. As a federal government website, all federal editorial policies apply, such as those on privacy, copyright, commercial promotion, etc.

Information presented on this website is considered public information and may be distributed freely. If you elect to use materials from this site, please cite NOAA as the source and include the appropriate URL of the page(s) from which the materials were taken. Note: Select copyrighted images have been contributed to the site. These copyrights are mentioned in image captions. If you would like to reproduce these images, you must contact the contributing source for approval.

Materials posted on this site are reviewed by professional staff prior to publishing. Final decisions are made by the website manager.

Technical Information

Some pages on this site contain several images and/or videos. All images and videos have captions that allow those readers who do not load images immediately to select specific images/videos for viewing. Pages have been developed to load text first.


Some links are provided to other websites as reference or supplemental material. External sites accessed by such links will appear in a separate window. A limited number of links to non-U.S. government sites are included on this site; links to external, non-government websites are annotated with an icon ( e.g.,

Fonts and Type Sizes

Roboto and Roboto Slab are the default fonts for this site; Proxima Nova is the default font for the graphics. Some users select large type sizes for ease of reading or specific fonts for personal tastes. The text and layout should not be adversely affected by a user's selection of alternative fonts and type sizes.

Printing Pages

This site has been designed to ensure simple printing. We recommend printing in portrait format at a scale of 85 to 100 percent.


Navigation through the site is straightforward. There are four levels of navigation:

  1. The first level is access to the major sections of the site at the top of the page, under the main banner.
  2. The second level is via breadcrumb navigation, located between the top-level navigation and web page main heading.
  3. The third level is at the bottom of each page.
  4. The fourth level includes text links within page content. These links take the user to external links related to the topic of the page or to supplement pages within the website.

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For questions or comments about the technical aspects of this site, please contact us at

Downloadable Documents

Some documents are available on this site as downloadable files in Portable Document Format (pdf). Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view these files; Adobe Acrobat Reader can be downloaded for free.