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Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC)

The Global Observing Systems Information Center (GOSIC) is hosted at NCDC and provides an information center that facilitates the search of and access to data, data products, metadata, and information for the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS), the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS), the Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS), and their partner programs. The GOSIC Portal is the single entry point for these data and provides easy access for users. The GOSIC Portal also explains the data systems and provides integrating overviews of the programs and online access to their data, information, and services. The GOSIC Portal does not hold data. It maintains information about the datasets and products and points to the centers holding them.

  • The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS)
    Many observing systems contribute to the GCOS network, but also serve other functions such as weather forecasting or air-quality monitoring. The observations may be ground-based or from airborne or satellite systems. The composite observing system designated as GCOS serves as the climate-observation component of the Global Earth Observing System of Systems (GEOSS).
  • The Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS)
    GOOS is a permanent global system for observations, modeling, and analysis of marine and ocean variables. GOOS provides accurate descriptions of the present state of the oceans, continuous forecasts of the future conditions of the sea for as far ahead as possible, and the basis for forecasts of climate change.
  • The Global Terrestrial Observing System (GTOS)
    GTOS is a program for observations, modeling, and analysis of terrestrial ecosystems to support sustainable development. GTOS facilitates access to information on terrestrial ecosystems so that researchers and policy makers can detect and manage global and regional environmental change.