National Data Buoy Center, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce

Data Center Description
The National Data Buoy Center (NDBC) manages the development,
operations, and maintenance of the national data buoy
network. It serves as the NOAA focal point for data buoy and
associated meteorological and environmental monitoring
technology. It provides high quality
meteorological/environmental data in real time from automated
observing systems that include buoys and a Coastal-Marine
Automated Network (C-MAN) in the open ocean and coastal zone
surrounding the United States. It provides engineering support,
including applications development, and manages data buoy
deployment and operations, and installation and operation of
automated observing systems installed on fixed platforms. It
manages the Volunteer Observing Ship (VOS) program to acquire
additional meteorological and oceanographic observations
supporting NWS mission requirements. It operates the NWS test
center for all surface sensor systems. It maintains the
capability to support operational and research programs of NOAA
and other national and international organizations.

Their mission is to provide comprehensive, reliable systems and
marine observations to support the missions of the National
Weather Service (NWS) and NOAA, promote public safety, and
satisfy the future needs of our customers.


[Summary provided by NOAA]