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NCEI Metadata Usage

NCEI provides several different ways to search for, discover, and access metadata. Metadata is also used to enhance search and discovery for data access software. 

Contact NCEI for questions regarding changing, finding, or accessing metadata. See our Access and Products pages for other data search and discovery methods.

Data Licensing at NCEI 

Metdata Access Software


NOAA OneStop is the official search and discovery platform for NOAA’s metadata catalog. It can be used to search for any NOAA data with a metadata record. OneStop is an interoperable tool designed to explore data from across scientific disciplines, formats, time periods, and locations. The interface includes a wide range of filtering options based on ISO metadata fields that can pinpoint specific collections or granules that may not be discoverable in other access tools.

Launch OneStop

OneStop also includes a publically accessible Application Programming Interface (API). The NOAA OneStop Search API documentation contains search query syntax and fields.

OneStop Search API Documentation 


Geoportal searches the indexed fields from metadata for all archived datasets, bringing together various discovery web services and metadata into a user-focused framework.

Launch Geoportal 

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