NOAA National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC)
SSMC3, 4th Floor
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3282
tel: +1 301 713 3277
fax: +1 301 713 3302
About the National Oceanographic Data Center
The National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) is one of the national environmental data centers operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The main NODC facility is located in Silver Spring, Maryland and is made up of five divisions (see the NODC organizational chart). The NODC also has field offices and Regional Science Officers collocated with major government or academic oceanographic laboratories in Stennis Space Center, MS; Miami, FL; La Jolla, CA; Seattle, WA; Austin, TX; Charleston, SC; Norfolk, VA; and Honolulu, HI.
The data archives amassed by the NODC and the other NOAA centers provide a record of Earth's changing environment, and support numerous research and operational applications. Working cooperatively, the centers provide data products and services to scientists, engineers, resource managers, policy makers, and other users in the United States and around the world.
The National Oceanographic Data Center includes the National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) and the NOAA Central Library, which are integrated to provide access to the world's most comprehensive sources of marine environmental data and information. NODC maintains and updates a national ocean archive with environmental data acquired from domestic and foreign activities and produces products and research from these data which help monitor global environmental changes. These data include physical, biological and chemical measurements derived from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing of the oceans, and ocean model simulations. NODC personnel directly interact with Federal, state, academic, and industrial oceanographic activities, represent NOAA on various interagency domestic panels, committees and councils, and represent the United States in various international organizations, such as the International Oceanographic Data Exchange. The Data Center represents NOAA to the general public, government agencies, private institutions, foreign governments, and the private sector on matters involving oceanographic data.