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NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which is an agency of the United States government responsible for providing accurate and timely information about the earth’s oceans and atmosphere. NOAA’s mission is to understand and predict changes in the environment, conserve and manage coastal and marine resources, and support commerce and economic growth.

As part of their mission, NOAA conducts research and monitoring of weather, climate, oceans, and coasts. They also provide weather forecasting, climate predictions, and environmental assessments to support decision-making by government, emergency management officials, and the public. NOAA also manages fisheries, supports marine sanctuaries, and enforces marine commerce regulations.

In addition, NOAA is a member of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which is a global network of individuals and organizations working to conserve biodiversity and promote sustainable use of natural resources. As a member of IUCN, NOAA works to advance global conservation efforts and shares its expertise and resources with partners around the world.