The National Oceanographic Data Center, National Coastal Data Development Center (NCDDC) and NOAA Central Library, 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 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 Data Holdings

The NODC manages the world's largest collection of publicly available oceanographic data. NODC holdings include in situ and remotely sensed physical, chemical, and biological oceanographic data from coastal and deep ocean areas. These were originally collected for a variety of operational and research missions by U.S. Federal agencies, including the Department of Defense (primarily the U.S. Navy); by State and local government agencies; by universities and research institutions; and private industry. NODC data holdings extend back over one hundred years, and the volume is expected to grow exponentially as new ocean observing systems are deployed.

Through NODC archive and access services these ocean data are being reused to answer questions about climate change, ocean phenomena, and management of coastal and marine resources, marine transportation, recreation, national security, and natural disasters. Another significant user community is Education, where these data and information products help teach each new generation of students about the oceans. Requests for oceanographic data and information have increased each year since the Center was established in 1961.

NOAA Library and Information Network

The NODC also manages the NOAA Library and Information Network, which includes the NOAA Central Library in Silver Spring, MD; regional libraries in Miami, FL and Seattle, WA; and field libraries or information centers at about 30 NOAA sites throughout the United States. The combined libraries contain millions of volumes including books, journals, CD-ROMs, DVDs, audio, and video tapes.

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Requests for further information about the NODC and its data holdings, products and services should be directed to:

National Oceanographic Data Center - User Services
SSMC3, 4th Floor
1315 East-West Highway
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3282
Telephone: 301-713-3277
Fax: 301-713-3302
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