Sunday, February 19, 2017

NOAA provides a wide variety of environmental data, models, and resources to the public through its public data centers and data portals.  Scientists, academics, industry specialists, and the interested public may all access full data sets relating to the full range of NOAA’s mission activities.  Following are the primary NOAA data centers and portals.

  • National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)  archives and distributes oceanographic data and information. These data include physical, biological, and chemical measurements from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing, and industrial oceanographic activities in coastal and deep ocean areas.

  • The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is the world's largest active archive of weather and climate data. These are the cornerstone for the prediction of future events, which affect the world's environment and economy. NCDC responds to data requests from all over the world.

  • The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) manages over 850 digital, and analog, environmental data sets for the Nation, enabling access by scientists, industry, and the public.  NGDC stewards the data for quality and longevity and produces products to address arising national needs, such as digital coastal elevation models used to forecast the danger of coastal flooding or the World Magnetic Model (WMM) for the Department of Defense, a model, based on worldwide magnetic field data, describes the Earth's constantly changing magnetic field in time and location.

  • The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) Data Portal:  Public data sets from GFDL are made available through the GFDL Data Portal. The Data Portal is designed to allow one to download files, display data files attributes, and graphically display the data.

- Modular Ocean Model (MOM):  MOM is a numerical ocean model based on the hydrostatic primitive equations. MOM development is led by scientists at NOAA/GFDL in collaboration with scientists worldwide. Version 5 of MOM (MOM5) is an open source project released under the GPL license.

  • NOAA Environmental Visualization Laboratory (EVL):  EVL is the only full-time science and data visualization program within NOAA. Our staff is supported through NESDIS/STAR and through collaboration with other NOAA organizations and scientists. 

  • NESDIS Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO): The Satellite Products and Services Division (SPSD) within the Office of Satellite and Product Operations provides automated environmental products and interpretive analyses using data from NOAA and non-NOAA environmental satellites. 

  • CLASS Data Archive:  The Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS) is an electronic library of NOAA environmental data. This web site provides capabilities for finding and obtaining those data.

  • National Data Buoy Center:  The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) manages the development, operations, and maintenance of the national data buoy network. It serves as the NOAA focal point for data buoy and associated meteorological and environmental monitoring technology. It also operates the NWS test center for all surface sensor systems, which is a source of NOAA patent and technology licensing opportunities.  

  • National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Central Operations (NCO):  NCO sustains and executes the operational suite of numerical analyses and forecast models and prepares NCEP environmental information products for dissemination to the public.

  • NCEP Environmental Modeling Center(EMC):  EMC develops and improves numerical weather, climate, hydrological and ocean prediction through a broad program in partnership with the research community.

  • U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®): Data Management Subsystem:  The Data Management and Communications (DMAC) subsystem is the central mechanism for integrating all existing and projected data sources. The U.S. IOOS Program has developed common services for bringing data together and making it accessible in a common format. IOOS partners collect coastal and marine data — water temperature, water level, currents, winds, waves, and more — using satellites, buoys, tide gauges, radar stations and underwater vehicles.