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Who We Are

Office of Research, Transition, and Application (ORTA) is located within NOAA Research.  ORTA is made up of three offices that work together to support research and development across NOAA.

Our Mission

Advance innovative research and development to support NOAA’s mission and the US economy.

Our Objectives

  • Facilitate the research and development transition process
  • Promote collaboration among stakeholders
  • Cultivate strategic partnerships
  • Support innovation in NOAA’s use of uncrewed systems.
  • Conduct quantitative observing system assessments

Who Makes Up ORTA


  • ORTA Volunteers at NOAA Kids Day

    NOAA Office of Research, Transition and Application volunteers at NOAA Kids Day, hosted by the National Ocean Service and NOAA Research