Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a new program– a climate service. Much like the National Weather Service, the new climate service aims to provide long-term climate predictions and data. As climate change increasingly impacts communities and business interests, the service would provide assistance to fisheries managers, the Army Corps of Engineers, farmers, and city administrators.
The idea for this new program has been in the works for many years and was supported by both the current administration and its predecessor. The service will initially rely on funds redistributed from other parts of NOAA with Congressional approval, but President Obama’s 2011 budget proposal also appropriates an additional $1.5 million to the program.
Click here to check out the beta version of the climate portal.
To read more about the program, visit the NYT.