NOAA's is a source of timely and authoritative scientific data and information about climate. The goals of the site are to promote public understanding of climate science and climate-related events, to make NOAA data products and services easy to access and use, to provide climate-related support to the private sector and the Nation’s economy, and to serve people making climate-related decisions with tools and resources that help them answer specific questions.

Each of the sections on is designed to serve a different audience: 

News & Features is a popular-style magazine for the science-interested public covering topics in climate science, adaptation, and mitigation. 

Maps & Data is a gateway for scientists and specialists to find and use climate maps and data for research and analysis. 

Teaching Climate offers learning activities and curriculum materials, multi-media resources, and professional development opportunities for formal and informal educators who want to incorporate climate science into their work. 

Supporting Decisions is a clearinghouse of reports, resources, and decision-support tools for planners and policy leaders who want authoritative climate science information to help them understand and manage climate-related risks and opportunities.

Primarily, NOAA publishes NOAA data and information, but any agency, institution, or group serving the same audiences as may submit content to be considered for publication.

NOAA staff and contractors from across the agency are responsible for the actual posting of content to the portal. Each section has an editorial team that produces content or evaluates and recommends content for publication on based on strict criteria (e.g., FGDC compliant metadata must be available for data sets; News & Features articles must be based on best available science and have been reviewed by a subject matter expert). 



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