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World Data Center for Meteorology, Asheville

U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) climate observing station on Mauna Loa in Hawaii  (Mauna Kea in the background).

U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) climate observing station on Mauna Loa in Hawaii (Mauna Kea in the background).


The World Data Center (WDC) for Meteorology, Asheville is maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and is collocated and operated by NCEI in Asheville, NC, USA, and is proud to have been accepted as a full member of the World Data System (WDS) as of September 2011. In accordance with the principles set forth by the International Council of Science (ICSU), WDC for Meteorology, Asheville acquires, catalogs, and archives data and makes them available to all users. Data contributed to the WDC for Meteorology, Asheville are available without restriction. The WDC for Meteorology, Asheville, also works closely with the U.S. Global Climate Observing System Program (GCOS), and strives to work closely with entities involved in all aspects of climate observing and related data management efforts.

Data Policy for WDC for Meteorology, Asheville

A basic tenet of environmental data management at NOAA is full and open data access. As the nation's archive for meteorological data and information, NCEI and WDC for Meteorology, Asheville are committed to full and open data access in support of its community of data producers and data consumers. WDC for Meteorology, Asheville ensures that archived data are fully and openly available, to the extent permitted by law and subject to valid privacy, confidentiality, security, or other restrictions.

NCEI archives meteorological data in collaboration with numerous international and national organizations whose goal is to increase the accessibility of data worldwide. This includes GCOS, the World Data System (WDS) of the ICSU, as well as other international bodies dedicated to the exchange and open-access of meteorological and climate-related data.

Our data access policies are generally consistent with the policies of these international and national bodies. Most data archived at NCEI are, and will continue to be fully accessible in a timely manner through our portals and standards-based web services.

As acknowledged in NOAA Administrative Order 212-15, the Data Producer / Data Provider and NOAA have mutually agreed upon specific access constraints of some collections of data archived here. Consideration for exceptions to our ‘full and open data access’ policy exist for data that has access limitations.

NCEI Links for WDC-Meteorology, Asheville

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Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) and Essential Climate Variables:

NOAA/NESDIS/NCEI Policy Documents

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