National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) - National Centers for Environmental Information


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NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) are responsible for hosting and providing 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.

Experience Matters
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.

Major Locations

  • Asheville, North Carolina
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Stennis Space Center, Mississippi


NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) are responsible for hosting and providing public access to one of the most significant archives for environmental data on Earth with over 20 petabytes of comprehensive atmospheric, coastal, oceanic, and geophysical data

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