Changing the way SCS stores climatic data

TitleChanging the way SCS stores climatic data
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1994
AuthorsHuddleston, J. M., and Marron J. K.
Conference Name62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1994
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSante Fe, New Mexico
KeywordsData accessibility, Data storage, Data structures, Mission

The mission of the Soil Conservation Service Climate Data Access Facility is to access, obtain, evaluate, manage, and disseminate the climatic data needed to support agency programs and activities nationally. The objective is to increase efficiency and effectiveness in climatic data utilization in SCS through the use of a centralized climatic data service center. Historical climatic data obtained in 1985 has been stored online in a custom built data base in Portland. The underlying storage architecture is being replaced by netCDF, an I/O library callable from C or FORTRAN which stores and retrieves scientific data structures in self-describing, machine independent files. Using netCDF will improve the accessibility to the data for scientific data access, management, analysis and display.