NOAA manages a vibrant, cutting-edge science program that focuses on research with a high relevance to society. To assist the general public in understanding the state of the science, NOAA develops State of the Science Fact Sheets about key research areas which may be of high interest to the public, and where there may be a diversity of science views within NOAA. The NOAA Research Council oversees the creation and updating of these fact sheets, and the most recent documents are posted here for the public.
Aerosols and Climate (September 2016)
Air Quality (September 2016)
Atlantic Hurricanes and Climate (May 2012)
Climate Engineering (June 2012)
Drought (May 2008 *currently under revision*)
Emerging Technologies for Mobile Earth Observations (January 2012)
Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) (September 2016)
Interpreting How Climate Change Affects Extreme Events (April 2014)
Ocean Acidification (September 2016)
Tornadoes, Climate Variability, and Climate Change (May 2013)
Weather Forecast Uncertainty (February 2010)
Information for Fact Sheet Writing Teams: State of the Science Fact Sheet regulations and guidelines can be found in NOAA Administrative Order 216-113 and the associated Procedural Handbook. Please use the approved NOAA SoS Fact Sheet Template (2010) for all State of the Science Fact Sheets.