Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC)
The GOSIC Portal serves as a clearinghouse providing convenient, central, one-stop access to data and information related to the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). The GCOS is a long-term, user-driven operational system capable of providing the comprehensive observations required for monitoring the climate system, for detecting and attributing climate change, for assessing the impacts of climate variability and change, and for supporting research toward improved understanding, modelling and prediction of the climate system. The GCOS addresses the total climate system including physical, chemical and biological properties, and atmospheric, oceanic, terrestrial hydrologic, and cryospheric components.
The GOSIC provides data access by program, observation, network, regional systems, metadata search and more. It also makes unique products available to its users such as the GCOS Surface Network (GSN) Performance Indicators and the GCOS Upper-Air Network (GUAN) Performance Indicators clearinghouse pages and links to GOOS Observing System Monitoring information among others. The GOSIC develops data access tools such as the GCOS Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Data Access Matrix which provides data access and information such as the contributing network status and current capabilities.
The GOSIC Portal is hosted at NCEI and supported by NCEI and the U.S. GCOS Program on behalf of the global observing community.
- The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
- The Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)
- The Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
- GCOS Essential Climate Variable (ECV) Data & Information Access Matrix