NOAA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997. It is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on long- and short-range strategies for research, education and the application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction.

SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management, and environmental assessment and prediction. The advisory board assists NOAA in maintaining a complete and accurate understanding of scientific issues critical to the agency's missions.

Composed of eminent scientists, engineers, resource managers and educators, the diverse membership of the Board assures expertise reflecting the full breadth of NOAA's responsibilities, as well as the ethnic and gender diversity of the United States. Members are appointed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator.


Dr. Molly Macauley

Upon the loss of our colleague, Dr. Molly Macauley 

NOAA, the members of the Science Advisory Board, and the SAB Office staff are devastated to learn of the sudden, tragic loss of our colleague, Dr. Molly Macauley, Vice President for Research and Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future, on Friday, July 8. Molly was a valued member of the Board who contributed in many significant ways to the deliberations of the group. Her insights on space economics, science policy, the use of satellites, and the role of technology in society will be greatly missed. SAB Chair Lynn Scarlett said of Molly: “She was wise, witty, kind, thoughtful, and delightful to work with. She had a lovely sense of humor and a beautiful smile as well as being incredibly intelligent and creative.” As Dr. Kathy Sullivan, Administrator of NOAA has said “Her death is a loss to each of us, as well as the wider scientific community.” Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family, friends, and colleagues in this difficult time.



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