A little-known agency within the Commerce Department, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will become the Obama Administration's focal point for climate change information and services.
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says NOAA is launching a separate unit, NOAA Climate Service, to address the nation's "fast-accelerating climate information needs." The agency is also creating a web portal for climate science and services. It will serve as a single entry point for the agency's data on climate information, products and services.
The agency noted that individuals and decision-makers increasingly are asking for information about climate change so that they can make the best decisions for their businesses, communities and families.
Unifying government climate capabilities under a single climate office, with the strong endorsement of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and other departments is another indicator of the serious approach the Obama Administration is taking on climate change.