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CDRs Related to Water

The Development of a 20-year Database of Ocean Surface and Near-Surface Properties Suitable for Climate Analyses

The Development of AMSU FCDR's and TCDR's for Hydrological Applications

Construction of Consistent Microwave Sensor Temperature Records and Tropopause Height Climatology using MSU/AMSU Measurements, GPS RO Data and Radiosonde Observations

Development of a Radiation Climate Data Record Combining ERBE and AVHRR

Creating UTH-Related FCDRs from IR and Microwave Sensors Cross-Calibrated by In Situ Measurements from Commercial Aircraft

Re-Calibrating HIRS and Evaluating Associated Impact on Cloud and Moisture Properties

Calibration of Historical and Future AVHRR and GOES Visible and Near-Infrared Sensors and the Development of a Consistent Long-Term Cloud and Clear-Sky Radiation Property Dataset

A Product Development Team for Snow and Ice Climate Data Records

A Fundamental Climate Data Record of SSM/I, SSMIS and Future Microwave Imagers

A Recalibration of the AVHRR data record to provide an accurate and well parameterized FCDR

Developing a Climate Data Record for Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance

A Terrestrial Surface Climate Data Record for Global Change Studies

Generating consistent radiance SDRs and deep-layer atmospheric temperature TCDRs from the MSU/AMSU/SSU temperature-sounding channels

Continued Monitoring of Atmospheric Temperature Using Data from Microwave Sounding Instruments

Climate Data Records of Sea-Surface Temperature

Development of an Integrated Northern Hemisphere Snow and Ice Operational Climate Data Record

Transfer of NOAA/NASA AVHRR Pathfinder SST Processing to NODC

Validation and Calibration of MSU/AMSU Measurements and Radiosonde Observations using GPS RO Data for Improving Stratospheric and Tropospheric Temperature Trend Analysis

Preparation of in situ temperature and salinity profile data CDRs for joint studies of sea level with altimeter and GRACE data

Creation and Preservation of a Sea Ice Climate Data Record

Precipitation Re-analysis using Q2

The Development of a 20-year Database of Ocean Surface and Near-Surface Properties Suitable for Climate Analyses

Temporal trends and seasonal and multi-year variability of ozone, water vapor and temperature throughout the stratosphere

Satellite Data Support for Hydrologic and Water Resource Planning and Management

Providing SSM/I Fundamental Climate Data Records to NOAA

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Welcome to NCDC's CDR Program
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NOAA's National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) initiated a satellite Climate Data Record (CDR) program to continuously provide objective climate information derived from weather satellite data that NOAA has collected for more than 30 years. These data comprise the longest record of global satellite mapping measurements in the world, and are complemented by data from other sources including NASA and Department of Defense satellites as well as foreign satellites.

The mission of NOAA's Climate Data Record Program is to develop and implement a robust, sustainable, and scientifically defensible approach to producing and preserving climate records from satellite data.

The National Research Council (NRC) defines a CDR as a time series of measurements of sufficient length, consistency, and continuity to determine climate variability and change. (National Research Council, 2004    ).

For the first time, NOAA is applying modern data analysis methods, which have advanced significantly in the last decade, to these historical global satellite data. This process will unravel the underlying climate trend and variability information and return new economic and scientific value from the records. In parallel, NCDC will maintain and extend these Climate Data Records by applying the same methods to present-day and future satellite measurements.

The results will provide trustworthy information on how, where and to what extent the land, oceans, atmosphere and ice sheets are changing. In turn, this information will be used by energy, water resources, agriculture, human health, national security, coastal community and other interest groups. Our CDR data will improve the Nation's resilience to climate change and variability, maintain our economic vitality and improve the security and well-being of the public.

Program Fact Sheet

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