It is from this natural capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called ecosystem services, which make human life possible. The most obvious ecosystem services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines.

Ultimately, nature is priceless. However, it is not valueless, and there have been many studies that have calculated natural capital’s value in financial terms. For example, street trees in California provide $1 billion per year in ecosystem services, through atmospheric regulation and flood prevention, and Mexico’s mangrove forests provide an annual $70 billion to the economy through storm protection, fisheries support, and ecotourism

The world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things. 


NOAA'S National Weather Service is building a weather ready Nation by providing better information for better decisions to save more lives and livelihoods.


From supercomputers and state-of-the-art models to observations and outlooks, we provide data, tools, and information to help people understand and prepare for climate variability and change.

Oceans & Coasts

NOAA’s National Ocean Service is positioning America’s coastal communities for the future.


NOAA Fisheries provides science-based conservation and management for sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, marine mammals, endangered species, and their habitats.


Gathering data to monitor and understand our dynamic planet.

Marine & Aviation

Marine and Aviation Operations (OMAO) administers the NOAA fleet of ships and aircraft, and trains divers to safely facilitate Earth observation.


NOAA Research provides the research foundation for understanding our planet and technological innovation and scientific advances that improve our lives.


Discover the coastal and marine places that NOAA's National Ocean Service works to protect.

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