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Commerce Research and Development (R & D) Web Sites

Commerce Research and Development (R&D) Web Sites

Operating Unit

Application Name



R&D Satellite Account

Estimates the effect of investment in R&D on the nation’s economic growth.




Engineering Laboratory


Material Measurement Laboratory


Information Technology Laboratory


Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology


Center for Neutron Research


Physical Measurement Laboratory


NIST Home Page



U.S. Government Science Portal


National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace


Smart Grid


Law Enforcement Standards Office



Air Resources Laboratory (ARL)

Conducts R&D in the fields of air quality, atmospheric dispersion, and climate. Key activities include the development, evaluation, and application of air quality models; improvement in approaches for predicting atmospheric dispersion of hazardous materials; and the generation of new insights into air surface exchange and climate variability and trends.


Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory (AOML)

Conducts basic and applied research in oceanography, tropical meteorology, atmospheric and oceanic chemistry, and acoustics. The research seeks to understand the physical characteristics and processes of the ocean and the atmosphere, both separately and as a coupled system.


Climate Program Office (CPO)

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) provides strategic guidance and oversight for the agency’s climate science and services programs. Designed to build knowledge of climate variability and change – and how they affect our health, our economy, and our future – the CPO funds high-priority climate research to advance understanding of atmospheric and oceanic processes as well as climate impacts resulting from drought and other stresses. This research is conducted in most regions of the United States and at national and international scales, including the Arctic.


NOAA Climate Services Portal

The NOAA Climate Services Portal, for its initial prototype, has focused on developing the infrastructure and capacity to showcase a wide breadth of climate information to our users. The process of adding content to this infrastructure is in its early stages and has initially focused on several datasets and products from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Coastal Services Center, and Climate Prediction Center, among others. The initial intent is to highlight some of most popular datasets/products based on customer usage of the data. These initial datasets and products represent only a very small fraction of the climate information available across NOAA. Our longer term goal is to present a broader spectrum of climate information as the project matures.


El Nino Theme Web Site

Provides the public with access to information about El Nino.


Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL)

Conducts research on the physical processes that govern the behavior of the atmosphere and the oceans as complex fluid systems.


National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL)

Conducts research that focuses on understanding severe weather processes, developing weather observation technology, and improving forecasting tools, with emphasis on weather radar, hydrometeorology, and forecast and warning improvements.


Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)

Carries out interdisciplinary scientific investigations in oceanography and atmospheric science. These investigations focus on open ocean observations in support of long-term monitoring and prediction of the ocean environment on time scales from minutes to decades.


Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Project (TAO)

Provides real-time data from moored ocean buoys for improved detection, understanding, and prediction of El Nino and La Nina.


Earth System Research Laboratory

Collaborate with colleagues around the world to create advanced remote sensors to meet environmental challenges.


Earth System Research Laboratory – Chemical Sciences Division (CSD)

Conducts scientific research aimed at discovering, understanding, and quantifying the processes that govern the chemical reactions of the Earth’s atmosphere to improve the capability to predict atmospheric behavior.


Earth System Research Laboratory – Global Monitoring Division (GMD)

Conducts sustained observations and research about the atmospheric constituents that drive climate change, stratospheric ozone depletion, and baseline air quality.


Earth System Research Laboratory – Global Systems Division (GSD)

Conducts R&D to provide NOAA and the nation with systems that deliver environmental information and forecast products ranging from short-term weather predictions to longer-term climate forecasts.


Earth System Research Laboratory – Physical Sciences Division (PSD)

To provide the observations, analysis, and diagnosis of weather and climate physical processes necessary for greater understanding of the Earth’s physical environment, oceans, cryosphere, and landmasses, and to enable improved weather and climate forecasts.





Coral Reef Conservation Program

The CRCP is a partnership between the NOAA Line Offices working on coral reef issues, including the National Ocean Service (NOS), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR) and the National Environmental Satellites, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). Links to NOAA offices that are part of the CRCP can be found on the CRCP “Who We Are” page.


National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

The U.S. Drought Portal is part of the interactive system to:

    • Provide early warning about emerging and anticipated droughts

    • Assimilate and quality control data about droughts and models

    • Provide information about risk and impact of droughts to different agencies and stakeholders

    • Provide information about past droughts for comparison and to understand current conditions

    • Explain how to plan for and manage the impacts of droughts

    • Provide a forum for different stakeholders to discuss drought-related issues


Ocean Explorer

Provides a comprehensive overview of NOAA's 200-year history of ocean exploration.


Office of Ocean Exploration

Describes the activities and functions of NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and hosts its programs and Initiatives.


National Undersea Research Program (NURP)

Provides undersea scientists with the tools and expertise they need to work in the undersea environment.



Conducts research on the impacts and consequences of submarine volcanoes and hydrothermal venting on the global ocean.


Center for Satellite Applications and Research

Applies satellite observation of the land, atmosphere, ocean, and climate to operational requirements, and offers state-of-the-art data, products and services to decision-makers.



The National Geophysical Data Center maintains archives of geomagnetic data to further the understanding of Earth magnetism and the Sun-Earth environment. Data at NGDC include surface, ocean, airborne, and satellite measurements, as well as models of the main geomagnetic field and the Space - Earth environment.



Institute for Telecommunication Sciences