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Signed into existence by President Richard Nixon, NOAA is situated in the Department of Commerce. NOAA is a science agency with conservation management and regulatory responsibilities. NOAA's mission is threefold:
- To understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts;
- To share that knowledge and information with others; and
- To conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.