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Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, unveiled President Bush’s proposed FY 2006 budget for the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. NOAA’s request totals $3.6 billion, an increase of six percent or $205 million over the FY 2005 request.
“The budget reflects the administration’s support for NOAA’s strategic goals, supports improved performance in NOAA and maintains essential environmental services for the nation,” said Lautenbacher.
The budget includes increases for Global Earth Observations, Ocean Commission-related initiatives, climate services and research, weather warnings and forecasts, ecosystem stewardship and satellite programs.
“NOAA is leading the global effort to better understand the complex interactions on our planet through the development of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems, along with more than fifty partner nations,” added Lautenbacher. “A robust GEOSS is critical in developing the science necessary to deliver accurate forecasts and hazard warnings, such as for tsunamis, in an ever-changing environment. The recent tragedy in southeast Asia heightened the need for a tsunami detection and warning system beyond the Pacific region and demonstrated the value of observation systems in protecting lives and property.”
priorities for this year and key program increases include:
Global Earth Observations
Climate Observations and Services
Weather Warnings and Forecasts
Facilitate Inter-modal Transportation
Facilities Maintenance & Construction
The Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is dedicated to enhancing economic security and national safety through the prediction and research of weather and climate-related events and providing environmental stewardship of our nation’s coastal and marine resources.
On the Web:
NOAA FY 2006 proposed budget: http://www.publicaffairs.noaa.gov/budget2006/
NOAA Strategic Plan: http://www.spo.noaa.gov
public may send questions on the budget to: AskNOAABudget@noaa.gov