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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Data Buoy Center (NOAA NDBC)
1100 Balch Blvd.
Stennis Space Center
United States
+1 228-688-2805
Centre Website

organisation profile

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) is a part of the National Weather Service (NWS). NDBC designs, develops, operates, and maintains a network of data collecting buoys and coastal stations. NWS forecasters need frequent, high-quality marine observations to examine conditions for forecast preparation and to verify their forecasts after they are produced. Other users rely on the observations and forecasts for commercial and recreational activities. NDBC provides hourly observations from a network of about 90 buoys and 60 Coastal Marine Automated Network (C-MAN) stations to help meet these needs. All stations measure wind speed, direction, and gust; barometric pressure; and air temperature. In addition, all buoy stations, and some C-MAN stations, measure sea surface temperature and wave height and period. Conductivity and water current are measured at selected stations. To support this network and other engineering/data collection projects, NDBC employs engineers, meteorologists, oceanographers, computer scientists, and other professionals. U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) members serve on the government staff to provide unique skills and interface with USCG for transportation support. An NDBC Technical Services Contractor (NTSC) supports NDBC with a staff of approximately 110 employees

results in other services

  • Cruise summary report (CSR)
  • Ocean going Cruise programmes (POGO)

edmo metadata

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Collating centre
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Latest update
19 November 2014 10:20:16 PM