Tuesday, February 09, 2010

NOAA Climate Services Portal

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has embarked upon an ambitious program to develop a NOAA Climate Services Portal (NCS Portal). NOAA's goal is for the Portal to become the "go-to" website for NOAA's climate data, products, and services for all users. The NCS Portal will be a central component of NOAA's commitment to enhancing the access to and extensibility of climate data and services, timely articles and information, education resources, and tools for engagement and decision-making.

The NOAA Climate Services Portal, for its initial prototype, has focused on developing the infrastructure and capacity to showcase a wide breadth of climate information to our users. The process of adding content to this infrastructure is in its early stages and has initially focused on several datasets and products from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, Coastal Services Center, and Climate Prediction Center, among others. The initial intent is to highlight some of most popular datasets/products based on customer usage of the data. These initial datasets and products represent only a very small fraction of the climate information available across NOAA.

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