Review of NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center
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The report reviews the National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) and assesses how well the center is managing its holdings, serving its users, and supporting NOAA's mission. It concludes that NGDC is the natural place within NOAA and the nation for stewardship and dissemination of data related to the solid Earth and space environment. These subject areas are also relevant to NOAA s new priority on integrated environmental approaches. For NGDC to fulfill its potential, however, it must first rearticulate its mission and overcome some solvable problems, including obtaining effective feedback from its users and organizing the center to eliminate parallel activities and reduce scientific isolation among the divisions.


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120 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-08911-1
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National Research Council. Review of NOAA's National Geophysical Data Center. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2003.

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