National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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About the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it.

Access the Data

The NOAA is a highly fragmented agency, so the available free data products are scattered throughout the the website. Here are places to find data:

The Main Website's Data Products

Data products on NOAA

Some Specific Data Pages

NOAA Optimum Interpolation Sea Surface Temperature Analysis

  • Weekly report on a one-degree grid analysis using in situ and satellite SSTs plus SSTs simulated by sea ice cover

NOAA CoastWatch sea surface temperature (SST)

National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center

  • Oceanic and Atmospheric Monitoring & Data, United States Climate Data and Maps, Global Climate Data & Maps, Pacific Island Climate Data and Maps, and Monitoring Model Forecast Performance including:
    • Oceanic and Atmospheric Monitoring & Data
    • United States Climate Data and Maps
    • Global Climate Data & Maps
    • Pacific Island Climate Data and Maps
    • Monitoring Model Forecast Performance

Contents of the Data

Main Data Products offered are:

  • Nautical Charting
  • Bathymetry/Topography
  • Shoreline
  • Geodetic/Global Positioning
  • Tides/Currents
  • Remotely Sensed Imagery/Photos
  • Marine Boundaries
  • Hurricanes
  • Environmental Monitoring