NOAA Big Data Program

Overview and NCICS/CISESS Contributions


NOAA’s Big Data Program (BDP) is designed to facilitate public use of key environmental datasets by providing copies of NOAA’s information in the Cloud, allowing users to do analyses of data and extract information without having to transfer and store these massive datasets themselves.

NCICS’s Cooperative Institute (previously CICS-NC and now CISESS) is a partner in the Big Data Program and acts as a broker between NOAA and the public cloud providers. Our data and information technology experts play key roles in the transfer and certification of data sets, and our high-performance computing cluster and cloud services serve as critical gateways for delivering data to the Cloud Service Provider partners. We are currently facilitating the near-real-time transfer of 100’s of NOAA datasets, including NEXRAD Level 2 and 3 radar data, GOES-16/-17 satellite data, National Water Model,  Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS), Global Forecast System (GFS) and other data sets to several Cloud platforms, including Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google Cloud Platform (GCP), and Microsoft Azure.

See the links below for more information on the Big Data Program and selected examples of the growing collection of datasets available to you in the Cloud. The “Listing of holdings” link under each Cloud Service Provider gives a table of currently available NOAA datasets from that Cloud Service Provider.

For an overview of NOAA’s Big Data Program, please see NOAA Big Data Program.

For more on NCICS/CISESS’s contributions to the project, see: Portfolio: The NOAA Big Data Project and News: GOES-16 Data in the Cloud.

Links to Public Cloud Information and Datasets

Microsoft Azure