Strategy and Goals
NOAA’s long-term goal of a “Weather-Ready Nation” drives GSL’s preeminent weather research and development portfolio. Our work develops state-of-the-science environmental models and helps inform the public so they are more resilient to high-impact weather.
Our Grand Challenge is to: "Provide actionable environmental information through the research and development of rapidly-updating global storm-scale prediction and innovative decision support capabilities to reduce societal impacts from hazardous weather and other environmental phenomena."
Each NOAA Research Laboratory is required to have a charter that includes our mission, vision, and core competencies. Laboratory science reviews are conducted every five years to evaluate the quality, relevance, and performance of research conducted in NOAA laboratories.
GSL's strategy is guided by the following documents:
- Department of Commerce Strategic Plan
- NOAA Research and Development Vision Areas
- NOAA Science and Technology Focus Areas
- NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan
- NOAA Research Strategy
- Earth Prediction Innovation Center
- NOAA National Weather Services Strategic Plan
- NOAA Research Diversity, Education, and Inclusion Strategic Plan
- NOAA Education Strategic Plan
GSL’s strategic goals are to:
- Invest in people, partnerships, and organizational performance
- Develop state-of-the-art Earth-system prediction capabilities
- Revolutionize communications, products, and services to enable informed decision-making
GSL’s 10-year strategic plan aims to maintain agility in a changing research landscape. GSL’s core competencies, expertise, and mission align with DOC, NOAA, and OAR objectives and support Congress’s Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017 and the National Integrated Drought Information System Reauthorization Act of 2018.