NOAA Exercises International Leadership


NOAA’s mission extends beyond the political boundaries of the United States to oceans, ecosystems, and the atmosphere throughout the world. Because of this, it is important for NOAA to engage internationally in order to support and promote national policies and interests in ecosystem-based management, climate change, Earth observation, and weather forecasting while also seeking to maximize the mutual benefits of international exchange with its global partners. The NOAA Strategic Plan recognizes the value of the agency's international activities, and its international leadership, as a priority across NOAA.

NOAA Engages in International Activities

NOAA OIA is managed by the Director of the Office of International Affairs, who also serves as a Senior Advisor to NOAA Leadership.

The Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs advises the Under Secretary/Administrator on international policy issues. The office is responsible for planning and coordinating NOAA's international programs, and carrying out tasks of special interest related to international activities. The office helps establish policies, guidelines, and procedures for NOAA's international programs, including:

The Office of International Affairs conducts these responsibilities through the following: