NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)'s Global Forecast System (GFS) Model

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Abstract: Two times daily global analysis fields from the NOAA National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)'s Global Forecast System (GFS) Model. Data are served by the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) using the GrADS-DODS/OPeNDAP Server (GDS) and by NOAA's National Operational Model Archive and Distribution System (NOMADS) Server. Visualization of the NCEP GFS analysis field products can be done through the following link.
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Description: NOMADS Access to GFS (and all data)
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 90.0   S: -90.0   E: 180.0   W: -180.0

Data Resolution
Latitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
Longitude Resolution: 0.5 degree
Horizontal Resolution Range: 50 km - < 100 km or approximately .5 degree - < 1 degree
Vertical Resolution: 64 unequally-spaced sigma levels.
Data Center
National Centers for Environmental Prediction, National Weather Service, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 301-763-8000 x 7596
Email: Zoltan.Toth at
Contact Address:
Global Climate and Weather Modeling Branch
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Distribution Media: OPeNDAP from COLA/IGES, GrADS-DODS, LAS
Phone: 301-602-3890
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Scott.A.Ritz at
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: Maryland
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2004-11-23
Last DIF Revision Date: 2015-02-24
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