National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS)


How does data received from space turn into vital products and services used everyday across the country?

The NESDIS science enterprise transforms the “bits and bytes” received from satellites and other sources around the globe into environmental intelligence. From official comprehensive assessments of the environment to mapping the ocean floor from space, NESDIS science helps us better understand our complex planet.

What is Data Science? Data science is the science of extracting useful information from large, complex collections of data.


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STAR scientists lead efforts to develop, test, validate, and refine the science algorithms needed to drive user­ defined products. STAR also investigates both enhanced and new sensor technology for future NOAA satellite missions.


National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)

NCEI provides authoritative assessments and research on the entire Earth system, from the bottom of the ocean to the surface of the sun. NCEI produces an increasing suite of products that integrate multiple sources of data and provide comprehensive atmospheric, oceanic, and geophysical environmental information.

Cooperative Institutes Centers

Cooperative Institutes and Centers

The science teams at NCEI and STAR, as well as the JPSS and GOES-­R program offices, work with cooperative institutes around the country. These partners further research, help educate and train the next­ generation scientific workforce, and delivering new satellite data and products to increase the accuracy and reliability of weather forecasting.


From the bottom of the ocean to a million miles from Earth, NOAA has a robust collection of scientific Earth and environmental data that are free and accessible to everyone. Each year we dedicate an entire month to celebrating NOAA DataFest through our NEDTalks series and our online Twitter chat known as Datapalooza.






Cooperative Institutes Centers

CIRES - Cooperative Institute for Research In Environmental Sciences web site
CIMSS - Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Cooperative REmote Sensing Science and Technology (NOAA-CREST)