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NESDIS Data Lifecycle

August 26, 2021
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NESDIS Data Lifecycle

Understanding Our Dynamic Planet as a Trusted Source of Environmental Data

Identify User Needs

Engage with our various users in order to understand their needs.

Determine How to Meet User Needs

Identify the satellite, ground, product processing and distribution, or archival systems required to meet our user's needs.

Access Data

Obtain the necessary data by building, blending, or buying it.
Build: Managing NOAA's current and future satellite programs
Blend: Working with U.S. and international partners to develop and build satellite systems
Buy: Purchasing data provided by commercial satellite systems

Make the Data Useful

Develop algorithms to create products as well as calibrate and validate data to ensure quality and accuracy.

Provide Useful Data in Near Real-Time

NESDIS operates satellites 24/7, processes data using developed algorithms, and transmits data to users in near real-time.

Provide Archived Data

NESDIS houses data in an archive and makes it available to outside researchers.

Use Data and Conduct Research

NESDIS uses our own data to create operational products and conduct internal research.