NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) hosts and provides access to one of the most significant archives on earth, with comprehensive oceanic, atmospheric, and geophysical data. From the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun and from million-year-old tree rings to near real-time satellite images, NCEI is the Nation’s leading authority for environmental information.
By preserving, stewarding, and maximizing the utility of the Federal government’s billion-dollar investment in high-quality environmental data, NCEI remains committed to providing products and services to private industry and businesses, local to international governments, academia, as well as the general public.
Establishment of NCEI
The demand for high-value environmental data and information has dramatically increased in recent years. NCEI is designed to improve NOAA’s ability to meet that demand. The Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, Public Law 113-235, approved the consolidation of NOAA’s existing three National Data Centers: the National Climatic Data Center, the National Geophysical Data Center, and the National Oceanographic Data Center into the National Centers for Environmental Information.
By using consistent data stewardship tools and practices across all science disciplines and by forging an improved data management team, users will see an improvement in the overall value of our environmental data archives. The transition to NCEI will take time, with the final integration anticipated beyond 2020. An overriding principle throughout the formation of NCEI is transparency to our users and commitment to continuing to provide the geophysical, oceans, coastal, weather and climate data users have come to rely on.
Two Centers of Excellence
The Center for Weather and Climate and the Center for Coasts, Oceans, and Geophysics acquire, preserve, monitor, and assess the nation's treasure of environmental data. Together these Centers provide authoritative and timely environmental information essential for the prosperity and protection of our economy and society.
NCEI brings with it the continued tradition of excellence, unmatched expertise, and trusted, authoritative data that the previous three Data Centers established. The top priority during the transition to NCEI is to maintain the full spectrum of climatic, oceanographic, coastal, and geophysical products and services that the Data Centers previously delivered. Our merged organization recognizes the dependence of users on these data for awareness, research, and decision making.
NCEI is working to foster innovative and value-added strategies, including the development of newly integrated products and services that span the science disciplines and enable better data discovery. The product portfolio will evolve as current products and services are assessed against what is available in the private sector, but as of now, no products and services are slated to be cut or reduced.
NCEI headquarters are located in Asheville, North Carolina. Most employees work in the four main locations, but apart from those locations, NCEI has employees strategically located throughout the United States.
- Asheville, North Carolina
- Boulder, Colorado
- Silver Spring, Maryland
- Stennis Space Center, Mississippi
NCEI Staff Locations
- Anchorage, Alaska
- La Jolla, California
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- Miami, Florida
- College Park, Maryland
- Taunton, Massachusetts
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Charleston, South Carolina
- Fort Worth, Texas
- Seattle, Washington
- Madison, Wisconsin
- Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC) Asheville, North Carolina
- Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–Maryland (CICS-MD) College Park, Maryland
- Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) Boulder, Colorado
Regional Climate Centers
- Northeast Regional Climate Center, Cornell University in Ithaca, New York
- Southeast Regional Climate Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- Southern Regional Climate Center, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge
- High Plains Regional Climate Center, The University of Nebraska in Lincoln
- Midwestern Regional Climate Center, Illinois State Water Survey in Champaign
- Western Regional Climate Center, Desert Research Institute in Reno, Nevada
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