Trump’s Proposed NOAA Budget Cuts, and the Actual Increases

NOAA is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.   From their website, their Mission is:  “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”.  They have 12,000 personnel “dedicated to the understanding and stewardship of the environment”.  There are 6,773 NOAA scientists and engineers.

No wonder, Trump and his fossil fuel Political Appointees will target this agency.  NOAA was targeted with an 18% proposed cut.

We focus on the science and environmental sectors.  This table, in millions of dollars, shows the 2019 sector budget, the Trump proposed 2020 budget, the actual 2020 budget, the proposed percent reduction, and the final percent increase.

Sector 2019 proposed 2020 actual 2020 proposed cut actual increase
Oceanic and Atmospheric Research 566 335 590 -41% 4%
National Weather Service 1,163 1,082 1,169 -7% 1%
National Environmental Satellite 1,700 1,473 1,519 -13% -11%
National Marine Fisheries 974 812 1,013 -17% 4%
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund 65 0 65 -100% 0%
National Ocean Service 585 372 606 -37% 4%
Office of Education 29 1 30 -96% 6%

The next table shows the budgets of sectors under Ocean and Atmospheric Research.  Its columns are the same as the first table.

Sector 2019 proposed 2020 actual 2020 proposed cut actual increase
Climate Research 159 88 170 -45% 7%
Research Computing 41 26 42 -37% 2%
Weather and Air Chemistry Research 135 111 134 -18% -1%
Ocean, Coastal, and Great Lakes Research 219 99 229 -55% 5%
GOES-R Class 408 304 304 -26% -26%


About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.
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