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Mission, Vision and Values

NOAA's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), provides secure and timely access to global environmental data and information from satellites and other sources to promote and protect the nation's security, environment, economy, and quality of life.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, to share that knowledge and information with others, and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources as the Nation’s authoritative environmental intelligence agency.


Science, Service and Stewardship

NESDIS supports NOAA’s mission of Science, Service and Stewardship through our satellite missions, data centers, data and information products and services as well as use-inspired science. It is an end-to-end responsibility that underpins NOAA’s value to the Nation. The United States depends on NOAA to provide satellite data and imagery for meteorological forecasts and emergency services to support the continuity of government.

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NESDIS' Responsibility

NESDIS’ responsibility is to collect and provide the critical satellite Earth observations and other essential environmental information needed for disaster preparedness, all hazards response and recovery and the protection of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and natural resources. The 24/7 global coverage provided by NESDIS generates an uninterrupted stream of information and products. These products and information enable services used across the country in preparation for events that impact our climate, weather, oceans, daily lives and national safety and provide essential information for national, regional and local planners and officials.


Continuity of Operations

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The continuity of operations and services provided has been, and will continue to be, the foundation of the NESDIS mission. In the years to come, NESDIS shall continue to provide these reliable and robust services across our enterprise, from systems operations, architecture and data archival systems, to the production of use-inspired science and data applications. However, the environment in which NESDIS operates is changing. As user needs, observational requirements and data sources continue to evolve, NESDIS must also be ready to adapt and grow in order to thrive in this new environment.

Because the future of environmental information and data services continues to evolve, NESDIS must instill an organizational agility that will allow the enterprise to take advantage of both anticipated and unexpected changes in satellite and information technology as well as the environmental observing community as a whole.