Openly accessible scientific data, including data from environmental satellites observing the Earth from space, is a key tool for forecasting weather, analyzing climate, and monitoring hazards worldwide. NOAA's Satellite and Information Service operates many environmental satellites and archives NOAA's weather, climate, and ocean data; however, no one country can afford to effectively monitor the entire Earth.

In an effort to overcome this challenge, NOAA provides access to its data on a full and open basis and serves as a leading advocate for this policy internationally. The NOAA and U.S. commitment to open data sharing is outlined in the Principles for Promoting Access to Federal Government-Supported Scientific Data and Research Findings Through International Scientific Cooperation and the National Space Policy of the United States of America. As a result, the U.S. government, companies, and universities receive a wealth of global data vital to weather forecasting, climate services, and hazard monitoring.

The NOAA/NESDIS International and Interagency Affairs Division works to advance this US policy abroad by developing partnerships, providing others with access to data, and coordinating global Earth observations.

Coverage by one polar-orbiting satellite over six hours.

Coverage by one polar-orbiting satellite over six hours.

Coverage by two polar-orbiting satellites over six hours.

Coverage by two polar-orbiting satellites over six hours.

NOAA Satellite and Information Service

International and Interagency Affairs Division

1335 East-West Highway, Room 7311

Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

United States of America

phone: +1 (301) 713-2024

fax: +1 (301) 713-2032

Mission: To meet the challenge of understanding and predicting changes in climate, weather, oceans, and coasts, NESDIS IIAD facilitates the access, provision, and use of in situ and satellite data and products, and develops and implements U.S. policy by:

  • Linking Earth observation needs to in situ and satellite resources through bilateral international and interagency partnerships;
  • Coordinating global solutions to shared challenges in obtaining, processing, and building capacity to exploit both in situ and satellite data by representing NOAA and the United States in multilateral satellite and data information organizations;
  • Providing insight into international developments and partnerships through timely analysis for NOAA decision-makers; and
  • Leading the international community in the adoption of responsible policies for satellite operation and data, including full and open data sharing.

Division Director: Charles Wooldridge