NOAA's New GIS Platform Will Increase Availability of Ocean and Weather Data and Applications
February 27, 2014
Redlands, California—The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration () recently signed an enterprise license agreement with Esri, the world leader in GIS technology.
The agreement enables NOAA to continue building its GIS platform while maintaining data quality in bathymetry, climate and weather data, navigational charting, fisheries protection, natural resource management, marine planning, and other areas of its mission.
"NOAA now has the ability to increase access to Esri software and services that provide additional options for making NOAA data and applications available to all our constituencies and partners," says Tony LaVoi, NOAA geospatial information officer. "We're looking forward to the opportunities this presents to continue to grow our geospatial programs in NOAA."
All NOAA employees now gain unlimited access to select Esri desktop and server products, including the powerful ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions, and ArcGIS for Maritime. In addition, NOAA staff members gain unlimited access to Esri's Virtual Campus for online training, discounts on Esri technical support and classroom training, and complimentary passes to annual Esri user and developer conferences.
Another benefit of the agreement is a subscription to Esri's ArcGIS Online. This benefit allows NOAA to quickly create interactive maps and applications and share these with the rest of the organization and the public.
"The agreement provides a foundation for the development of an enterprise geospatial program for NOAA, which will likely result in increased efficiencies across the organization, enhanced access to NOAA data and services, and a streamlined acquisition process," states Joe Klimavicz, NOAA's chief information officer (CIO).
NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in the earth's environment, from the depths of the ocean to the surface of the sun, and to conserve and manage our coastal and marine resources.