Central Region

NOAA in the Central Region

Lightning BoltNOAA’s Central Region has a population of over 40 million and is responsible for a significant portion of the nation’s agriculture, transportation networks, and technology along the Rocky. These sectors touch everything from national food and fuel prices to ecology and conservation. Serving as the “breadbasket” of the world, the effects of severe weathers, climate change and water issues have great economic impacts through the nation and worldwide

NOAA assets in the Central Region include over 1,500 employees and a host of facilities ranging from weather forecast offices to research laboratories. Employees are concentrated primarily in three large office centers located in Kansas City, MO; Norman, OK; and Boulder, CO; with others scattered across the region. Additionally, a significant amount of regional capacity resides in NOAA funded non-governmental entities including the High Plains Regional Climate Center (HPRCC), The Cooperative Institute for Research in the Atmosphere (CIRA), The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES), The Cooperative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies (CIMMS), and the Southern Climate Impacts Planning Program (SCIPP).Cow Creek

Wind TurbinesCollaboration Team members represent the diversity of programs within the region, provide expertise and connections to address regional challenges, exchange national and regional insights that inform action, and improve the understanding of and respect for NOAA’s broad mission and regional capabilities.

NOAA’s Central Region stretches from the Rocky Mountains on the western edge over the plains to the rolling hills on the eastern edge. This unique geography of the region makes it a focus for high- impact weather events. Tornadoes, winter storms, flooding, drought, heat, and more create significant effects the region.

The Central Region includes the four largest watersheds in the nation— The Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio and Arkansas Rivers. In addition to flooding and drought events, water drains from these watersheds and makes up the balance of the fresh water flow into the Gulf of Mexico and has a profound effect on ecosystems. The agricultural runoff and impacts of transportation can affect the rivers, and ultimately coastal areas.


NOAA in Your State

To view a summary of NOAA facilities, staff, programs, or activities based in, or focused on, your state or territory, please click here. This site has a list available as an MS Word document and/or PDF by each state.

NOAA has 181 facilities and 1,698 employees in the Central Region. Due to the geographic extent of the Central region and focused line office activities primarily in three large office centers (Boulder, Kansas City and Norman) with other personnel scattered across the region our efforts to engage our employees and stakeholders with a “One NOAA” message will have a significant impact in increasing awareness of the many NOAA products and services.

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