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. 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. The main locations are Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–North Carolina (CICS-NC) at Asheville, North Carolina, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at Boulder Colorado, Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites–Maryland (CICS-MD) at Silver Spring Maryland and Stennis Space Center, Mississippi.
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.