Engaging Users in Need of Environmental Information

Photos Representing Examples of User Engagement

As one of the largest archives of environmental data, we are committed to providing our stakeholders with the information they need to make real-world decisions. Our datasets are rich sources for environmental intelligence. And, by making these data as accessible and consumable as possible, we’ve added even more value to them. Our users have demonstrated just how valuable these data are by building resources on them that help farmers, airlines, coral reef managers, and many others meet their specific informational needs.

Enabling Responsible Nitrogen Management

Using our climate and weather data, experts in several disciplines came together to develop a decision-support tool called Adapt-N. This tool helps corn growers optimally manage applications of nitrogen fertilizer, which plays a critical role in increasing yields of corn production. Our high-resolution database of temperature and precipitation observations provides fundamental input to this tool, allowing growers to obtain localized recommendations based on weather conditions. By helping farmers determine how much fertilizer their specific crops need, Adapt-N helps farmers save money and lessens the environmental impacts of nitrogen use.

To learn more about how we’re enabling responsible nitrogen management through this tool, read our user engagement case study on Adapt-N and check out this infographic.

Helping Improve the Safety of Air Travel

As the official repository of archived NEXRAD radar data, we provide an important service to airlines and public agencies investigating the factors that led to an aviation incident or accident. These analyses not only protect airlines financially by helping them to avoid future incidents and accidents, but they are also invaluable in improving the safety of air travel. With weather phenomena being one of the leading causes of airline incidents and accidents, our comprehensive archive of freely available data decreases the cost of these analyses and enables airlines to easily build upon the lessons they learn with each investigation.

To learn more about how we’re helping improve the safety of air travel, read our user engagement case study on forensic analysis of aviation incidents and accidents and check out this infographic.

Supporting Coral Reef Management

NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch is a free, online tool that provides a global analysis of sea surface temperature—and future outlooks—to identify coral reefs that are at risk of bleaching. Among other inputs, this product uses near–real-time and historical satellite measurements of sea surface temperature to determine the thermal threshold of coral reefs across the globe. Our 28-year Pathfinder Climate Data Record provides the historical measurements that serve as the product’s baseline, allowing it to provide coral bleaching alerts. The Coral Reef Watch product is a tremendous resource to coral reef managers, and it helps them better protect and manage the planet's most diverse aquatic resources.

To learn more about how we’re supporting coral reef management, read our user engagement case study on NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch and check out this infographic.