NOAA’s Big Data Program (BDP) is providing public access to NOAA's open data on commercial cloud platforms through public-private partnerships with Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure. NOAA generates tens of terabytes of data a day from observations like satellites, radars, and buoys, and from weather models, and other sources. Did you know the available datasets include:
- UFS Coupled Model Prototype 5 (S2SP5), which is the latest experimental version of the UFS coupled atmosphere-ocean-sea ice model. This dataset is a significant intermediate stage in the ongoing development of the UFS seasonal to sub-seasonal application.
- Global Ensemble Forecast System (GEFS) v12 reforecasts for the upcoming GEFS v12 operational implementation. These retrospective forecasts span the period 2000-2019.
- Global Forecast Systems (GFS) Warm Start Initial Conditions for the operational deterministic medium-range numerical weather prediction, which are available four times per day for running forecasts at the 00Z, 06Z, 12Z and 18Z cycles, respectively.
- Other available datasets can be discovered through the registries on all these commercial platforms, including for example, Registry of Open Data on AWS.
Providing this data in the cloud significantly reduces the time needed to access and process the data, opening up new possibilities for in depth study and emerging areas of science. You are encouraged to use the available datasets. A broad collaboration among NOAA and non-NOAA scientists can accelerate innovation into operational modeling for weather and climate prediction.