NOAA Science Research Review of the
Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

Guiding Documents

The GLERL & NOAA Goals Matrix below shows how the goals of each of GLERL's science branches (OSAT, EcoDyn, IPEMF and IS) align to the overarching NOAA Science and Education Goals and Objectives, as seen in the NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan.

The U.S. Department of Commerce Strategic Plan 2014-2018 provides a broad foundation for economic growth and opportunity by focusing on five key priorities:
  • Trade and Investment. We will work across the Administration to help U.S. businesses access more markets and customers. Also, we will help more CEOs around the world to make business investments into the United States.
  • Innovation. We will catalyze the resurgence of U.S. manufacturing and new technologies, ensure a vibrant digital economy, and support the growth of industry-driven skills and training efforts.
  • Data. We will unleash more government data to help business leaders make the best possible decisions, while also creating fertile ground for more startups.
  • Environment. We will protect our environment while also helping businesses and communities adapt to a changing planet.
  • Operational Excellence. We will equip our employees with the tools and knowledge they need to accomplish our mission, while fostering a more customer-oriented culture.
The NOAA Next Generation Strategic Plan sets the stage for the short- and medium-term vision of NOAA’s research enterprise. NOAA’s Strategic Plan highlights focal areas for research in ecosystems, climate, weather and water, and commerce and transportation.

The requirements for research in each of these areas determine the near term activities and milestones described in the NOAA 5-Year Research Plan and point the way ahead for the agency’s research agenda for the next two decades.

The 20-year Research Vision provides the foundation for NOAA’s longer-term approach to research. It will position NOAA to support society’s changing needs for information and services over the next 20 years and beyond and enable society to make the best social and economic decisions.

The OAR Strategic Plan provides a narrative so that OAR leadership, staff, and partner organizations can have common ground for fruitful discussion and debate. Additional details on goals, objectives, performance expectations — as well as how OAR aligns with the strategies of NOAA and the Department of Commerce — are provided in a companion document, the multiannual OAR Implementation Plan.

The NOAA Annual Guidance Memorandum FY2016 provides guidance and fiscal assumptions for prioritizing NOAA execution, budgets and plans in FY 2016. It also directs the development of specific analyses and plans needed to inform planning and budgeting choices.

General Questions
Margaret Lansing