The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect and enhance the Nation's economy, security, environment and quality of life. To fulfill its responsibilities, NESDIS—informally known as the NOAA Satellite and Information Service—acquires and manages the Nation's operational environmental satellites, operates the NOAA National Data Centers, provides data and information services including Earth system monitoring, performs official assessments of the environment, and conducts related research.
NESDIS environmental satellite observations provide important contributions to U.S. national security by providing military users with real-time and near-real-time observations for their aircraft, ships, ground forces and facilities worldwide.
NESDIS also contributes to the national economy by providing environmental data that support resource management of energy, water, global food supplies and other economic and environmental resources.
Our vision is to be the world's most comprehensive source and recognized authority for satellite products, environmental information and official assessments of the environment in support of societal and economic decisions. To achieve our vision, we collaborate with other agencies and organizations to describe changes to our climate and the implications of those changes. We continue to lead the effort with other agencies and countries in establishing a global observing system to meet the world's information needs for weather, climate, oceans and disasters and developing a skilled, energetic and dedicated workforce through training, motivation and teamwork.
NESDIS Mission/Vision One-Page Information Sheet
Two Orbits, One Mission
NOAA maintains two primary constellations of environmental satellites: polar-orbiting and geostationary satellites. These are part of NOAA's integrated observing system, which includes satellites, radars, surface automated weather stations, weather balloons, sounders, buoys, instrumented aircraft and other sensors, along with the data management infrastructure needed for this system. This integrated system is the foundation upon which NOAA works towards achieving our four main goals: a weather-ready Nation, climate adaptation and mitigation, healthy oceans, and resilient coastal communities
and ecosystems. Watch visualization of POES/GOES orbits »
Two Orbits, One Mission Information Sheet
2014 NESDIS Annual Accomplishments Report »