In the President’s budget, funding for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) would increase by 3.2 percent to $5.5 billion. Although the trend of escalating procurement costs for weather and climate satellites continues, funding would also rise for many research and natural resource management activities.
The Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research would see a sizeable increase next year. At $462.2 million, the budget request represents a 7.4 percent increase. The largest increase would be directed to climate research. Research on ocean acidification would jump 148 percent. Proposed cuts include 7.6 percent from ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes research and a 6.7 percent cut from the National Sea Grant College Program, funds that previously supported competitively awarded research.
The FY 2015 budget proposes increased funding for the National Ocean Service (+2.9 percent). In addition to supporting new investments in coastal management, a large increase is proposed for competitively awarded research to address coastal ocean issues including harmful algal blooms, hypoxia, and coastal ecosystem management (+$6.0 million).
Funding for the National Marine Fisheries Service would decline by $79.5 million (-8.0 percent). Protected species and fisheries research and management would benefit from small increases in funding.
NOAA proposes to make a smaller contribution to education programs. Competitive education grants would be terminated (-$3.6 million), as would regional watershed education programs (-$7.2 million). NOAA would contribute $2 million in new funding to help NSF and the Department of Education to translate NOAA science into educational materials and strategies.
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