Because NOAA’s R&D is intended to be used, the Agency must go beyond the physical, chemical, and biological science disciplines to include social sciences. NOAA seeks to maximize the user benefits of its R&D investments by:
- understanding and responding to the needs of our stakeholders;
- articulating the inherent uncertainty associated with research;
- defining and quantifying the value of its R&D; and
- improving investments into knowledge and services that can be used by decision makers.