by Douglas MessierManaging Editor
The Trump Administration is proposing a 13.57 percent reduction in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) budget for fiscal year (FY) 2021, according to budget documents.
The $4.63 billion proposal would cut NOAA spending by $727.64 million below the FY 2020 budget. Although key satellite and commercial data purchasing programs would received increases, dozens of other programs would see their funding reduced or eliminated completely.
NOAA’s climate change research programs would be reduced by more than half from $169.5 million to $83.2 million. President Donald Trump has called global warming a hoax invented by the Chinese government to destroy the American economy.
Among the programs targeted for termination are numerous research and education grants, the Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund, and the National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science.
NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), which manages the nation’s civilian weather satellite programs, would see its budget reduced slightly by $8.29 million to just above $1.5 billion.
The table below shows the proposed funding levels for key NESDIS satellite and data purchase programs.
NOAA FY 2021 Budget Request (Thousands of Dollars)ProgramFY 2020 EnactedFY 2021 RequestedChangePolar Weather Satellites745,000657,835(87,165)Geostationary Systems – R (GOES R) Weather ...