The roots of NOAA date back to 1807 during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency when the country’s first scientific agency was established (originally called the Survey of the Coast) to map the nation’s coastline and produce nautical charts to keep mariners safe. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to coastal navigation and surveying, studying, and analyzing fisheries, maritime heritage, weather, environmental science, and hurricanes. Today, NOAA’s 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.
Items in a NOAA’s Ark display case
Treasures of NOAA’s Ark displays