The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched its Arctic Action Plan in April 2014. This plan provides an overview of NOAA’s Arctic programs and describes how they implement NOAA’s Arctic Vision and Strategy and the agency’s roll in implementing the National Strategy for the Arctic Region.
NOAA’s Arctic Action Plan targets six strategic goals identified in the Arctic Vision and Strategy. These goals advance NOAA’s agency priorities of advancing U.S. security interests, enhancing Arctic region stewardship, and strengthening international cooperation. The strategic goals are to:
The plan describes linkages to other agency and interagency plans including the National Ocean Policy and the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee (IARPC) Five-Year Research Plan. It also identifies specific actions that NOAA will take in the next two years to support Arctic-related missions and mandates and to further scientific understanding of the Arctic region, which includes the Arctic Ocean and the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi Seas as well as the terrestrial portions of northern and western Alaska.
For further information about the Arctic Action Plan and the source material for this article, see the NOAA announcement.