NOMADS is a network of data servers using established and emerging technologies to access and integrate model and other data stored in geographically distributed repositories in heterogeneous formats. NOMADS enables the sharing and inter-comparing of model results and is a major collaborative effort, spanning multiple Government agencies and academic institutions. The data available under the NOMADS framework include model input and Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) gridded output from NCEP, and Global Climate Models (GCM) and simulations from GFDL and other leading institutions from around the world.
The goals of NOMADS are to: - improve access to NWP and GCM's model output and provide the observational and model data assimilation products for Regional model initialization and forecast verification,
- promote improvements to operational weather forecasts,
- develop linkages between the research and operational modeling communities and foster collaborations between the climate and weather modeling communities,
- promote product development and collaborations within the geo-science communities (ocean, weather, and climate) to study multiple earth systems using collections of distributed data under a sustainable system architecture.