The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is turning 50 on October 3, 2020, and has found a few memorable ways to celebrate the occasion.
First, there’s the Oral History 50th Anniversary Series, which contains interviews with key players in the early years of NOAA, such as diving pioneer Dick Rutkowski. You’ll also find a “salute to NOAA’s champions,” honoring the scientists, administrators, and senators who contributed to the agency in various ways.
As both the first physical science agency and the first conservation agency in the U.S., NOAA “was born out of an idea that the ocean and atmosphere are inextricably linked,” says Acting Administrator Dr. Neil Jacobs. Today, it’s involved in weather and climate research, fishery conservation, charting the ocean floor, and more.
We’ve recently highlighted the chart updates coming to Florida that will make boating in the region safer for commercial and recreational boaters for years to come.
You can check out the “Our Birthday Story” video on YouTube to learn more about the agency’s history and its origins in the Weather Warning Office of the 1800s. Or, view the NOAA at 50 story map—a collection of photos, videos, and other media that explores the science, history, and recent accomplishments of the agency.
Since it was founded on October 3, 1970, NOAA has “grown to become a world-class science agency with a reach that extends from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor.” We’re excited to see what it can do in the next 50 years!