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About NGDC

NGDC's Vision is to be the world's leading provider of geophysical and environmental data, information, and products.

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The National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC), located in Boulder, Colorado, is a part of the US Department of Commerce (USDOC), National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS). We are one of three NOAA National Data Centers.


NGDC's Mission is to provide long-term scientific data stewardship for the Nation's geophysical data, ensuring quality, integrity, and accessibility.


NGDC provides stewardship, products and services for geophysical data describing the solid earth, marine, and solar-terrestrial environment, as well as earth observations from space.

NGDC's data holdings currently contain more than 400 digital and analog databases, some of which are very large. As technology advances, so does the search for more efficient ways of preserving these data.

NGDC works closely with contributors of scientific data to prepare documented, reliable data sets. We welcome cooperative projects with other government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities, and encourage data exchange.

NGDC's data users include:

  • private industry
  • universities and other educational facilities
  • research organizations
  • federal, state, and local governments
  • foreign governments, industry, and academia
  • publishers and other mass media
  • the general public

The Data Center continually develops data management programs that reflect the changing world of geophysics. We welcome your input to our programs and look forward to supplying your data needs.


For more information on NGDC or other NOAA Data Centers, please contact:

National Geophysical Data Center
NOAA, Mail Code E/GC
325 Broadway
Boulder, CO 80305-3328
ngdc.info@noaa.gov
Phone: (303) 497-6826, FAX: (303) 497-6513