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President Bush’s proposed 2007 budget, announced today, includes $904 million for NOAA’s Weather and Water Programs, including a net program increase of $46.1 million. NOAA’s total budget request is $3.68 billion, including a net program increase of $345 million. Retired Navy Vice Adm. Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Ph.D., under secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and NOAA administrator, unveiled the proposed budget for the Commerce Department’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration today.
“Weather warnings protect the public from extreme environmental events and are essential to weather-sensitive industries, which account for one-third of the nation’s GDP,” Lautenbacher said. “NOAA services have never been more important to the nation, and this budget request will provide increases to improve environmental warnings – including tsunami and hurricane warnings - as well as environmental satellite continuity and our other vital services.”
The requested amount for the Weather and Water Programs includes increases to strengthen NOAA’s ability to sustain and improve services in observations, research, warning dissemination and forecasting. Improvements include $12.4 million to operate NOAA’s tsunami detection and warning capabilities and expand its scope into the Atlantic and Caribbean basins. Observing enhancements include $1.4 million to operate and maintain hurricane data buoys that are critical to monitoring and predicting hurricanes. The NOAA Wind Profiler Network will receive a $3.5 million increase for an upgrade to operate at a different frequency. NOAA will also use $2.5 million to ensure uninterrupted delivery of meteorological data for the protection of life and property as well as the economic health of the nation.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, an agency of the U.S. Commerce Department, 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. Through the emerging Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), NOAA is working with its federal partners and 60 countries to develop a global monitoring network that is as integrated as the planet it observes.
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