Major NOAA Acronyms

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AA - Assistant Administrator

AFS - American Fishing Society

AGM - Annual Guidance Memorandum

AGO - Acquisition and Grants Office

AMOC - Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation

AOC - Aircraft Operations Center (under OMAO)

AOML - Atlantic Oceanographic Meteorological Laboratory

AOP - Annual Operating Plan

AQC - Aquaculture Program

ARL - Air Resources Laboratory

ASOS - Automated Surface Observing Systems

ASTWF - Advance Short-term Warnings and Forecasts

ATBs - Adjustments-To-Base

AUV - Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (and untethered ROV)



BiOp - Biological Opinion

BOM - Business Operation Manual

BPA - Blanket Purchase Agreement

BSAI - Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands

BSF - Build Sustainable Fisheries



C&T - Commerce and Transportation

CAF - Coastal Assessment Framework

CAMEO - Comparative Analysis of Marine Ecosystem Organization

CAO - Chief Administrative Officer

CCSP - Climate Change Science Program

CELCP - Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program

CEO - Coasts, Estuaries, and Oceans

CEQ - Committee on Environmental Quality

CI - Cooperative Institute

CIO - Chief Information Officer

CITES - Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species

CFO - Chief Financial Officer

CLASS - Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System

CMRP - Coastal and Marine Resource Program

COB - Close of Business

COOPS - Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services

CORL - Consolidated Observations Requirements List

CORP - Coral Program

COTR - Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative

CPC - Climate Prediction Center

CPO - Climate Program Office

CRCP - Coral Reef Conservation Program

CS - Chief Scientist

CS - Corporate Services

CSC - Coastal Services Center

CLASS - Comprehensive Large-Array data Stewardship System

CORS - Continuously Operating Reference Stations

CSC - Coastal Services Center

CZM - Coastal Zone Management

CZMA - Coastal Zone Management Act



DAA - Deputy Assistant Administrator

DARP - Damage Assessment and Restoration Program

DAO - Departmental Administrative Order

DAS - Days At Sea

DEIS - Draft Environmental Impact Statement

DNR - Department of Natural Resources

DOA - Department of Agriculture

DOC - Department of Commerce

DOD - Department of Defense

DOE - Department of Energy

DOI - Department of Interior

DOJ - Department of Justice

DOS - Department of State

DOT - Department of Transportation



EAM - Ecosystem Approaches to Management

EBM - Ecosystem Based Management

EEO - Equal Employment Opportunities

EEZ - Exclusive Economic Zone

EP - Enforcement Program

EFH - Essential Fish Habitat

EIS - Environmental Impact Statement

EGT - Ecosystem Goal Team

ENSO - El Niño Southern Oscillation

EOP - Ecosystem Observation Program

EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency

ERP - Ecosystem Research Program

ESA - Endangered Species Act



FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization

FMC - Fisheries Management Council

FMP - Fishery Management Plan

FMP - Fisheries Management Program

FOIA - Freedom of Information Act

FR - Federal Register

FRN - Federal Register Notice

FSV - Fishery Survey Vessel

FTE - Full Time Equivalent

FY - Fiscal Year

FWG - Fleet Working Group



GAO - Government Accountability Office

GC - General Counsel (NOAA)

GCF - General Counsel Fisheries

GCOS - Global Climate Observing System

GEOSS - Global Earth Observation System of Systems

GLERL - Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory

GOA - Gulf of Alaska

GOES - Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites

GOMEX - Gulf of Mexico

GOOS - Global Ocean Observing System

GPRA - Government Performance and Results Act

GPS - Global Positioning System

GSA - General Services Administration



HAB - Harmful Algal Bloom

HAB - Habitat Program

HACCP - Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point

HCPs - Habitat Conservation Plans

HEW - Health, Education, and Welfare

HPCC - High Performance Computing and Communications



IATTC - Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission

ICCAT - International Commission on Conservation of Atlantic Tuna

ICES - International Council for the Exploration of the Sea

IEA - Integrated Ecosystem Assessment

IEOS - International Earth Observing System

IOOS - Integrated Ocean Observing System

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

ISI - Implement Season to Interannual Climate Forecasts

IT - Information Technology

ITA - International Trade Administration

IWC - International Whaling Commission



JSOST - Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology



LAN - Local area network

LME - Large Marine Ecosystem

LMR - Living Marine Resource

LO - Line Office

LOSC - Law of the Sea Convention



MAFAC - Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

MBDA - Minority Business Development Agency

MMPA - Marine Mammal Protection Act

MOA - Memorandum of Agreement

MOU - Memorandum of Understanding

MPA - Marine Protected Area

MSRA - Magnuson-Stevens Reauthorization Act

MRFSS - Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey



NAM - NOAA Action Memorandum

NAO - NOAA Administrative Order

NCAR - National Center for Atmospheric Research

NCCOS - National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science

NCEP EMC National Center for Environmental Prediction - Environmental Modeling Center

NCDC - National Climatic Data Center

NDBC - National Data Buoy Center

NEC - NOAA Executive Council

NEP - NOAA Executive Panel

NEPA - National Environmental Policy Act

NERRS - National Estuarine Research Reserve System

NESDIS - National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

NGDC - National Geophysical Data Center

NGO - Non-governmental Organization

NMAO - NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations

NMFS - National Marine Fisheries Service

NMSP - National Marine Sanctuary Program

NODC - National Oceanographic Data Center

NOPP - National Oceanographic Partnership Program

NOS - National Ocean Service

NOSC - NOAA Observing System Council

NPOESS - National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System

NRAP - NOAA Rotational Assignment Program

NSRS - National Spatial Reference System

NSTC - National Science and Technology Council

NURP - NOAA's Undersea Research Program

NWS - National Weather Service

NWFSC - Northwest Fisheries Science Center

NWSTG - National Weather Service Telecommunications Gateway



OAR - Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research

OER - Office of Ocean Exploration & Research

OFA - Office of Finance and Administration

OGC - Office of General Counsel (DOC)

OIG - Office of Inspector General

OMAO - Office of Marine and Aircraft Operations

OMB - Office of Management and Budget

OPM - Office of Personnel Management

ORF - Operations, Research and Facilities Account

ORPP - Ocean Research Priorities Plan

ORR - Office of Response and Restoration

OSTP - Office of Science and Technology Policy



PA - Public Affairs

PA&E - Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation

PAC - Procurement, Acquisition and Construction Account

PART- Program Assessment Rating Tool

PATT - Priority Area Task Team

PCS - Program Change Summary

PCSRF - Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund

PDM - Program Decision Memorandum

PIRS - NOAA Program Information Reporting System

PMEL - Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory

POES - Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite

POP - Program Operating Plan

PPBES - Planning, Programming, Budgeting and Execution System

PPI - Program Planning and Integration

PRA - Paperwork Reduction Act

PS - Program Support

PSC - Pacific Salmon Commission

PSN Promote Safe Navigation

PSP - Paralytic Seafood Poisoning



RA- Regional Administrator

ROV - Remotely Operated Vehicle (a tethered underwater device)

RPS - Recover Protected Species

RV - Research Vessel



SAB - Science Advisory Board

SES - Senior Executive Service

SF - Sustainable Fisheries

SHC - Sustain Healthy Coasts

SG - Sea Grant

SP - Strategic Plan

SPA - Strategic Portfolio Analysis

S&T - Science and Technology (NMFS)

SWMP - System-Wide Monitoring Program



TED or TEDs - Turtle Excluder Devices



UAS - Unmanned Aircraft Systems

UAV - Unmanned Aerial Vehicle

UCAR - University Corporation for Atmospheric Research

USAO - Under Secretary and Associate Offices

USCOP - U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy

USCRTF - US Coral Reef Task Force

USGCRP - United States Global Changes Research Program

USWRP - United States Weather Research Program

USFWS - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

USTR - United States Trade Representative



VMS - Vessel Monitoring System



WFO - Weather Forecasting Office

W&W - Weather and Water

Ecosystem Programs

Aquaculture Coastal Marine Resources Enforcement
Fisheries Management Protected Species Ecosystem Observations
Coral Reef Conservation Habitat Ecosystem Research