UAF is a NOAA-wide effort to make environmental datasets easy to find and use. It is an important contribution to realizing the vision of NOAA's Global Earth Observation - Integrated Data Environment (GEO-IDE) Initiative.
UAF follows the design philosophy: Don't solve problems - Copy success.
In its first year it has been exploiting the opportunities for gridded data access and interoperability that have been created by wide-spread use of a suite of open standards and technologies.
Highlighted Data Set and Data Provider:
Group for High-Resolution Sea Surface Temperature (GHRSST) data sets are now available as part of the UAF project courtesy of the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC).
GHRSST provides high-resolution (<10km) sea surface temperature products to the oceanographic, meterological, climate and general scientific community.
NOAA's Global Earth Observation - Integrated Data Environment (GEO-IDE) is framework for engaging NOAA’s environmental data management communities through sharing expertise, experience, and information.
NOAA’s GEO-IDE is envisioned as a “system of systems” – a framework that provides effective and efficient integration of NOAA's many quasi-independent systems.
Evolution of existing systems into a service-oriented architecture.
Users are able to find, access, and use the environmental information they need to address significant societal questions.