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Acronym Meaning Source
A/R Accounts Receivable module COAST
AAHIS Advanced Airborne Hyperspectral Imaging Spectrometer
AAOE Airborne Antarctic Ozone Experiment EOS
AAPA American Association of Port Authorities
AARI Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute (St. Petersburg Russia)
AATSR Advanced Along-Track Scanning Radiometer EOS
ABBA Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm
ABE Autonomous Benthic Explorer
ABI Advanced Baseline Imager
ABS Advanced Baseline Sounder
ACB Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
ACC Anthropogenic Climate Change CLIVAR
ACCE Atlantic Circulation and Climate Experiment
ACCESS Accelerated Coastal Community Environmental Science Service
ACCLAIM Antarctic Circumpolar Current Levels by Altimetry and Island Measurements
ACCP Atlantic Climate Change Program NOAA
ACE Antarctic Current Experiment
ACE Antarctic Cyclone Experiment
ACE Army Corp of Engineers COE
ACM Acoustic Current Meter
ACR Active Cavity Radiometer EOS
ACRIM Active Cavity Radiometer Irradiance Monitor EOS
ACS American Chemical Society
ADACS Attitude Determination and Control Subsystem
ADAMMS Archive Data and Metadata Management System NODC
ADC Affiliated Data Center EOS
ADCP Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler NODC
ADE ARGO Data Explorer ARGO
ADE Array Drive Electronics
ADEOS Advanced Earth Observing System EOS
ADP Automatic Data Processing Support Division (currently ISMD) NODC
ADR Analog to Digital Recorder (sea level)
ADS Archive and Distribution Segment NPP
ADS Archive and Distribution System NODC
AE Auto-Estimator
AELDS Advanced Earth Location Data System
AEM Applications Explore Mission TOPEX
AES Atmospheric Environment Service (Canada) EOS
AESOP Automated Electronic System for Ocean Pollution
AFCCC Air Force Combat Climatology Center
AFGWC Air Force Global Weather Central
AFI Air Freezing Index
AFOS Automation of Field Operations & Services NWS
AGC Automatic gain control
AGS Ascent Guidance Software
AGU American Geophysical Union
AIAA American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics EOS
AID Agency for International Development
AIDJEX Arctic Ice Dynamics Joint Experiment
AIM Application Implementation Methods COAST
AIMS Australian Institute of Marine Science
AINA Arctic Institute of North America
AIP AMSU Information Processor
AIRS Atmospheric Infrared Sounder EOS
AKIN Acoustic Institute of the Russian Academy of Science (Moscow Russia)
AKM Apogee Kick Motor
ALACE Autonomous Lagrangian Circulation Explorer
ALEXIS Array of Low Energy X-Ray Imaging Sensors EOS
ALT Altimeter
AM Amplitude Modulation
AMAG Antarctic Mapping Advisory Group
AMERIEZ Antarctic Marine Ecosystems Research in the Ice Edge Zone (OSU chemical oceanography data set)
AMI Active Microwave Instrument NESDIS
AMS American Meteorological Society
AMS Archive Management System NODC
AMSR Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer
AMSU Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit EOS
AMSU-A Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-A EOS
AMSU-B Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit-B EOS
AMT Atlantic Meridional Transect Programme (UK)
AMTS Advanced Moisture and Temperature Sounder EOS
ANDAS Automated Near-real-time Data Acquiring System
ANICA Atmospheric Nutrient Input to Coastal Areas (NOAA/ARL) NOAA
ANSERC Academy of Natural Sciences Environmental Research Center
ANWR Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
AO Announcement of Opportunity EOS
AODC Australian Oceanographic Data Center
AOML Atlantic Oceanographic & Meteorological Laboratory NOAA
AOSIS Alliance of Small Island States
AOV Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
APES Autonomous Pinniped Environmental Samplers
APEX Arctic Polynya Experiment
APEX Atlantische Passatwind Experiment
API Application Programming Interface
APPRISE Association of Primary Production and Recruitment in Subarctic Ecosystems
APT Automatic Picture Transmission EOS
ARA Atmospheric Radiation Analysis EOS
ARCSS Arctic Systems Science
ARGO The Array for Real-time Geostrophic Oceanography
ARGOS Argos Data Collection and Position Location System EOS
ARL Air Resources Laboratory NOAA
ARLINDO Arus Lintas Indonen (meaning throughflow in Bahasa Indonesia)
ARMSAT Atmospheric Radiation Measurement Satellite EOS
ARP Antarctic Research Program (coordinated by SCAR) SCAR
ARSLOE Atlantic Remote Sensing Land/Ocean Experiment (NODC/F181) NODC
ARTS Annual Records of Tropical Systems
ASADA Automated Smoke and Aerosol Detection Algorithm
ASAR Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar EOS
ASC Association of Systematics Collections
ASCA Advanced Satellite for Cosmology and Astrophysics
ASCAT Advanced SCATterometer EOS
ASCE American Society of Civil Engineers
ASCII American Standard Coded Information Interchange
ASDOC American Samoa Department of Commerce
ASE Airbourne support equipment
ASF Alaska SAR Facility NOAA
ASMD Atlas of Surface Marine Data NODC
ASOS Automated Surface Observing System
ASP Amnesiac Shellfish Poisoning (domoic acid)
ASTER Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer EOS
AT Air Temperature
ATDB Accession Tracking Data Base NODC
ATES Alcatel Espace Systems EOS
ATEX Atlantic Tradewind Experiment
AtlantNIRO Atlantic Research Institute of Fisheries & Oceanography
ATLAS Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science EOS
ATLAS Autonomous Temperature Line Acquisition System
ATLID Atmospheric Lidar
ATMOS Atmospheric Trace Molecules Observed by Spectroscopy EOS
ATMS Advanced Technology Microwave Sounder
ATOC Acoustic Thermometry of Ocean Climate (MMRP) MMRP
ATOVS Advanced TIROS Operational Vertical Sounding NESDIS
ATS Applications Technology Satellite
ATSR-M Along-Track Scanning Radiometer & Microwave Sounder
AUV Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
AVHRR Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer NESDIS
AVHRR/3 Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer, Version 3 NESDIS
AVISO (French Ocean Data System)
AVNIR Advanced Visible & Near-Infrared Radiometer NESDIS
AWG Administrative Working Group IPOMS
AWI Alfred-Wegener-Institute
AWIPS Automated Weather Interactive Processing System NWS
AXBT Airbourne eXpendable BathyThermograph
BAA Business Area Architecture COAST
BADGER Bay Area Digital GeoResource (Southern CA)
BALTEX BALTic sea EXperiment
BAR Brief Access Record NODC
BAT Blue Angel Tools NESDIS
BATHY Bathythermograph
BATS Bermuda Atlantic Time-series Study
BBSR Bermuda Biological Station for Research
BCA Battery Charge Assembly
BCD Binary Coded Decimal
BCF Bureau of Commercial Fisheries
BDIRC Bay Delta Internet Resource Center (Southern CA)
BEQUALM Biological Effects Quality Assurance in Monitoring Programmes
BERL Benedict Estuarine Research Laboratory (now ANSERC)
BESEX BEring Sea EXpedition
BHO British Hydrographic Office
BIO Bedford Institute of Oceanography
BIRS Biological Information Retrieval System NODC
BLM Bureau of Land Management US/DOI
BMNS Bishop Museum of Natural Sciences
BMP Baltic Monitoring Programme (EC) EC
BMPs Best Management Practices
BNDO Bureau National des Donnees Oceaniques (France)
BODC British Oceanographic Data Center
BOFS Biogeochemical Ocean Flux Study
BoM Bureau of Meteorology (Australia)
BOMEX Barbados Oceanographic & Meteorological Experiment
BPI Bits Per Inch
bps bits per second
BRAN Boulder Research and Adminstrative Network
BRDF Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function EOS
BRGM Geophysical Survey Data Centre (France)
BRU Battery Reconditioning Unit
BSF Build Sustainable Fisheries (NOAA initiative) NOAA
BSMP Beaufort Sea Monitoring Program MMS/OCSEAP
BT Bathythermograph NODC
BTX Beacon Transmitter
BUFR Binary Universal Format for Records
C Celsius
C&DH Command & Data Handling
C&T Communications and tracking
CAC Climate Analysis Center NWS
CalCOFI CALifornia COoperative Fisheries Investigation NODC
CALJET CALfonia landfalling JETs experiment NODC
CAMMP Coastal and Marine Management Program NODC
CAMP California Monitoring Program
CANOPUS Canadian Auroral Network for the Open Program Unified Study
CARDEEP CARbon dioxide and DEEPwater formation
CARDS Comprehensive Aerological Reference Data Set
CARIACO CArbon Retention In A Colored Ocean project (USF/IMaRS) USF
CARICOMP CARIbbean COastal Marine Productivity program NODC
CARMABI CARibbean MArine Biological Institute
CARNET Croatian Academic Network
CBF Chesapeake Bay Foundation
CBMP Chesapeake Bay Monitoring Program CBP
CBO Chesapeake Bay Office NOAA
CBP Chesapeake Bay Program
CCALMR Center for Coastal and Land Margin Research
C-CAP Coastal Change Analysis Project NOAA
CCAR Colorado Center for Atmospheric Research
CCC Caribbean Conservation Corporation
CCC Coral Cay Conservation CORIS
CCCCS Central California Coastal Circulation Study
CCCO Committee on Climate Changes and the Ocean IOC
CCD Charge Coupled Device EOS
CCDH Command, Communications and Data Handling
CCEH Center for Coastal Ecosystem Health (changed to CSC) NOS
CCF Central Computer Facility
CCI Commission for Climatology
CCMA Center for Coastal Monitoring and Assessment NOAA
CCMP Comprehensive Conservation & Management Plan EPA
CCR Cloud Cover Radiometer
CCRS Canadian Center for Remote Sensing EOS
CCS California Current System TOPEX
CCS Command and Control Subsystems
CCSDS Consultative Committee for the Space Data System
CCT Computer Compatible Tape NESDIS
CDA Command and Data Acquisition station NESDIS
CDAS Climate Data Assimilation System (NMC) NMC
CDB Coefficient Data Base NESDIS
CDC Climate Diagnostic Center
CDCP Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
CDDF Central Data Distribution Facility
CDDIS Crustal Dynamics Data Information System EOS
CDHF Central Data Handling Facility
CDIAC Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center
CDIU COARE Data Information Unit (Data Catalog) COARE
CDMS Cryospheric Data Management System EOS
CDRI Climate Data Research Institute (NCDC & UNC-A) NCDC
CDRI Compressed Data Record TOPEX
CD-ROM Compact Disk with Read-Only Memory
CDS Computerized Documentation System
CEC Commission of the European Communities
CEDRS Coastal Engineering Data Retrieval System COE
CEER Center for Energy and Environment Research
CEES Committee on Earth and Environmental Sciences NSF
CEFS Coastal and Estuarine Forecast Systems
CEMES Centre d'Etudes de la Meteorologie Spatiale
CEMSCS Central Environmental Satellite Computer System
CENR Committee on Environment and Natural Resources research NSTC
CEONet Canadian Earth Observation Network NCDDC
CEOS/WGD Committee on Earth Observing Satellites/Working Group on Data EOS
CEP Caribbean Environment Programme UNEP
CEPEX Central Equatorial Pacific EXperiment
CEPEX Controlled Ecosystem Pollution EXperiment
CERES California Environmental Resources Evaluation System
CERES Clouds and Earth's Radiant Energy System EOS
CERESS Clouds & the Earths Radiant Energy System
CERSAT Centre ERS d'Archivage et de Traitement IFREMER
CFC ChloroFlouroCarbon
CFP ciguatera fish poisoning
cg Center of gravity
CGC Climate and Global Change
CGDI Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure
CGDS Compressed earth Gridded Data Sets CZCS
CGDT CZCS Gridded Data Tape CZCS
CGMS Coordination Group for Meteorlogical Satellites
CGMS Coordination of Geostationary Meteorological Satellites
CH CoastWatch Coastal Hazards Program CoastWatch
CHAMP Coral Health and Monitoring Program CORIS
CICAR Cooperative Investigations of the Caribbean & Adjacent Regions
CICEET Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology NOS, UNH
CICOR Cooperative Institute for Climate and Ocean Research
CIESIN Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network EOS
CIM Cooperative Investigations in the Mediterranean
CINECA Cooperative Investigations of the Northern part of the Eastern Central Atlantic
CIO Chief Information Officer NODC
CIRA Cooperative Institute for Research the Atmosphere
CIRES Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (NGDC/Univ Colo.) NGDC
CISNet Coastal Intensive Site Network CORIS
CIU Control Interface Unit
CLAES Cryogenic Limb Array Etalon Spectrometer EOS
CLASS Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System NESDIS,COAST
CLEO Coral Literature, Education and Outreach CORIS
CliC Climate and Cryosphere
CLIMAP Climate:Long-range Investigation Mapping and Prediction NGDC
CLIVAR CLImate VARiability and Predictability WCRP
CM Configuration Management COAST
cm centimeters
CMA China Meteorological Administration
C-MAN Coastal Marine Automated Networks NOAA,NWS
CMD Continuously Managed Database IOC/WMO
CMDL Climate Monitoring and Diagnostics Laboratory
CME Coronal Mass Ejections
CMM Capability Maturity Model COAST
CMP Climate Database Modernization Program
CMP Continuously Managed Database
CMPR Centre for Marine Research (Rovinj)
CMPT CLASS Project Management Team
CMRC Caribbean Marine Research Center NURP
CMRZ Centre for Marine Research (Zagreb)
CMS Center for Marine Science
CNES Centre National dEtudes Spatiales NESDIS,EOS
CNR National Research Council (Italy)
CNRS Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique EOS
COADS Cooperative Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set
COAP Center for Ocean Analysis & Prediction (NOAA/NOS, Monterrey) NOS
COARE TOGA Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Response Experiment EOS
COAST Customer Order Account Software acquisition Team (originally) COAST
COAST Customer Order Account System Tracking COAST
COB Contract Operations Branch (LISD) NODC
COBLAMED Cooperative Black and Mediterranean Seas Study (NATO) NATO
CODAR COastal raDAR or Coastal Ocean Dynamics Applications Radar
CODAS Common Oceanographic Data Analysis System (ADCP) NODC
CODATA Committee on Data for Science and Technology
CODE Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment NODC
CODMAC Committee on Data Management, Archiving, and Computing EOS
CODT Coastal Ocean Data Team NODC
CODWG Coastal Ocean Data Working Group NODC
COE US Corps of Engineers
COFS Coastal Ocean Forecasting System
COHIS COastal Hazards Information System NOS/OCRM
COL Coastal Ocean Laboratory (now known as Marine Data Stewardship Division) NODC
COLA Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies
COLAP Coastal Land-Sea-Air Processes
COMET Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education, and Training
COMPASS Combined Ocean and Marine Analysis & Scheduling System
COMPS Coastal Ocean Monitoring and Prediction System USF
COMPS Customer Order Management Processing System NESDIS
CoOp Coastal Ocean Processes
CO-OPS Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services NOS
COP NOAAs Coastal Ocean Program NOS
COPDAR Coastal Ocean Processes Data Archeology and Rescue program
CORAL Coral Reef ALliance
CORE Coastal and Ocean Resource Economics NOS, CORIS
CORE Consortium for Oceanographic Research & Engineering
CORIE COumbia RIver Estuary
CoRIS COral Reef Information System NODC
CORS Continually Operating Reference Stations
COSDT Coastal Ocean Satellite Data Team NODC
COSPAR (World Space Congress) Committee on Space Research EOS
COST Customer Order Servicing and Tracking system NCDC
COTS Commercial Off-The-Shelf products
CPC Climate Prediction Center NWS
CPC Controls Power Converter
CPD Coastal Programs Division NOS/OCRM
CPLOT SEASAT data plot program
CPORS Cooperative Project in Oceanic Remote Sensing NOAA
CPP Cloud Photopolarimeter EOS
CPR Continuous Plankton Recorder
CRAB Coastal Research Amphibious Buggy COE
CRAM Institute for Scientific & Technological Research Applied to the Sea (Italy)
CRAMP Cooperative Black and Mediterranean Seas Study
CRAMP Coral Reef Assessment and Monitoring Program CORIS
CRCF Coral Reef Conservation Fund
CRCST Calibrated Radiance, Pigment, Diffuse Attenuation Coefficient & Temperature Tape CZCS
CREDDP Columbia River Estuary Data Development Program
CREST Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce
CRETM/LMER Columbia River Estuary Turbidity Maximum/Land Margin Ecosystem
CREWS Coral Reef Early Warning System CORIS
CRI Coral Reef Initiative CORIS
CRIDMS NOAA Coral Reef Data and Information Management System
CRMC Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council
CRMN Coral Reef Monitoring Network
CRMP Comprehensive Resource Management Plan MS DMR,NCDDC
CRMS,CNMI Coastal Resource Management for Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island
CRN Climate Reference Network
CRP Command Request Profile
CRP Conference Room Pilot COAST
CRPT COMPS Replacement (Project?) Team COAST
CRRF Coral Reef Research Foundation CORIS
CRS CoastWatch Regional Sites
CRT Calibrated Radiance Tape
CRT Cathode Ray Tube
CRTF Coral Reef Task Force CORIS
CRW Coral Reef Watch CORIS
CSA Canadian Space Agency EOS
CSALT Caribbean Sheets & Layer Transect
CSAWS Coastal Species Alien Warning System
CSC Coastal Services Center (NOAA/NOS, formerly CCEH) NOS
CSC Computer Sciences Corporation COAST
CSCOR Center for Sponsored Coastal Ocean Research (COP) NOAA
CSGDM Content Standards for Digital Geospatial Metadata FGDC
CSI Coastal Storms Initiative
CSIC Institute of Marine Sciences (Spain)
CSIRO Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization
CSKAR Cooperative Study of the Kuroshio & Adjacent Regions
CSPR Centre for Sea Protection (Rijeka)
CSR Cruise Summary Report IOC/WMO
CSR Customer Service Representative COAST
CSSTE-AP Center for Space Science & Technology Education in Asia & the Pacific
CTAB SEASAT data tabulation program
CTD Conductivity-Temperature-Depth NODC
CTS Customer Tracking System (TSDB) NODC
CU Control Unit
CUDB Continuously Updated Data Base
CUEA Coastal Upwelling Ecosystems Analysis
CVS Concurrent Versions System COAST
CWPPRA Coastal Wetlands Planning Act (the Breaux Act, LA)
CWTG Coastal Water Temperature Guide NODC
CZCS Coastal Zone Color Scanner
CZMA Coastal Zone Management Act NOS/OCRM
CZMP Coastal Zone Management Program NOS
D/A Digital/Analog
D3 Data Documentation Database system
DAAC Distributed Active Archive Center EOS
DAC Data Assembly Centers WOCE
DACS Data Acquisition and Control Subsystems NESDIS
DADC Data Archive and Distribution Center COARE
DADG Data Acquisition & Documentation Group NODC
DADS Data Archive and Distribution System EOS
DAG Data Access Group (DBMD) NODC
DAO Data Assimilation Office NASA/GSFC
DARN Dual Auroral Radar Network
DAS Direct Access System EOS
DAU Decryption Authentication Unit
DB Direct Broadcast EOS
dB decibels
DBAG Data Base Advisory Group NODC
DBMD Data Base Management Division NODC
dBW decibels referenced to a watt
DC Direct Current
DCP Data Collection Platform
DCS Data Collection System EOS
DCS-2 Data Collection System, Version 2
DDF Data Documentation Form
DDHF Digital Data Handling Facility
DDL Direct Downlink EOS
DEDSL Data Entry Dictionalry Specification Language NASA
DEMIS Dynamic Estuary Management Information System (Oregon)
DEOS Delft Institute for Earth-Oriented Space Research
DEP Data Exchange Principles IEOS
DEP Department of Environmental Protection
DFO Canada's Department of Fisheries and Oceans
DGMF Digital Geospatial Metadata Format
DHIS Hydrographic Institute (Split)
DHS Data Handling Subsystem
DIAS Data Inventory and Access System NODC
DIF Directory Interchange Format
DINDB Data INventory DataBase
DIU Data Information Unit WOCE
DM Data Management
DMA Defense Mapping Agency
DMAC Data Management Advisory Council NODC
DMC Data Management Committee WOCE
DMD Digital Muirhead Display
DMSP Defense Meteorological Satellite Program NOAA
DMR Department of Marine Resources
DNR Department of Natural Resources
DO Dissolved Oxygen
DOC Department of Commerce
DOC Dissolved Organic Carbon
DOD Digital Optical Disk
DOD Department of Defense
DODS Distributed Ocean Data System
DODT Deep Ocean Data Team NODC
DOE Department of Energy
DOI Department of the Interior
DOM Dissolved Organic Matter NODC
DOMES Deep Ocean Mining and Environmental Study NODC
DOMO Deep Ocean Mining Operations NODC
DOMSAT Domestic Satellite
DORIS Doppler Orbitography and Radiopositioning Integrated by Satellite TOPEX,EOS
DOS Department of State
DP Direct Playback EOS
DPC Data Processing Centre IOC/WMO
DPC Data Products Committee WOCE
DPD Data Collection System/Search and Rescue Processor Diplexer
DPG Data Processing Group NODC
DPSS Data Processing and Service Subsystem
DPU Data Processing Unit
DRSS Data Relay Satellite System EOS
DRU Data Recovery Units
DSAC Data Systems Advisory Council
DSB Direct Sounder Broadcast EOS
DSDG Data Synthesis & Dissemination Group NODC
DSDP Deep Sea Drilling Project
DSP Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (okadaic acid)
DSRV Deep Submergence Rescue Vehicles DOD/USN
DTD Document Type Declaration
DTM Digital Terrain Mapping
DTNP Dry Tortugas National Park
DTP Desk Top Publishing
DTR Digital Tape Recorders
DVNIGMI Far-East Research Institute of HydroMeteorological Information (Vladivostok)
DWBC Deep Western Boundary Current TOPEX
DWR Department of Water Resources
DWS Doppler Wind Sounder
EAC East Australian Current TOPEX
EASTROPAC EAStern TROpical PACific cooperative survey NODC
EBC Eastern Boundary Currents TOPEX
EBCDIC Extended Binary Coded Decimal Interchange Code
EC Environment Committee HELCOM
EC European Community EOS
ECMWF European Center for Medium Range Weather Forecasting
ECO Earth Communications Office CORIS
EcOHAB Ecology and Oceanography of Harmful Algal Blooms NODC
ECS Electronic Catalog System
ECS Equatorial current System TOPEX
ECSN European Climate Support Network
EDBD Environmental DataBase Directory NODC
EDC Earth Resources Observation Systems (EROS) Data Center USGS
EDCS SEDRIS Environmental Data Coding Specification
EDIS Environmental Data and Information Service (now NESDIS) NESDIS
EDMED European Directory of Marine Environmental Datasets
EDOS EOS Data and Operations System EOS
EDR Ephemeris Data Record TOPEX
EDRTS Experimental Data Relay & Tracking Satellite
EDS Equatorial Dynamics Study
EEC European Economic Community
EEGLE Episodic Events-Great Lakes Experiment
EER External Engineering Review EOS
EEZ Exclusive Economic Zone NODC
EFH Essential Fish Habitat NODC
EGMEX Eastern Gulf of Mexico
EIS Environmental Impact Statement
EIS Environmental Information Services
ELM Electronics Module
ELMR Estuarine Living Marine Resources
ELOISE European Land Ocean Interaction Studies
ELT Emergency Locator Transmitters
ELV Expendable Launch Vehicle EOS
EMAP/NEP Environmental Monitoring & Prediction/National Estuary Programs EPA
ENDEZ Environmental Data Index
ENEA National Agency for New Technology, Energy & Environment (Italy)
ENODC Egyptian National Oceanographic Data Centre NODC
ENSO El Nino Southern Oscillation
ENVISAT Environmental Satellite EOS
EO/JWG Earth Observations Joint Working Group EOS
EOC EOS Operatians Center EOS
EO-ICWG Earth Observations International Coordination working Group EOS
EOS Earth Observing System EOS
EOS-AERO EOS Aerosol Mission EOS
EOS-ALT EOS Altimetry Mission EOS
EOS-AM EOS Morning Crossing (Ascending) Mission EOS
EOSAT Earth Observation Satellite Company EOS
EOS-CHEM EOS Chemistry Mission EOS
EOSDIS Earth Observing System Data Information System EOS
EOSP Earth Observing Scanning Polarimeter EOS
EOS-PM EOS Afternoon Crossing (Descending) Mission EOS
EP Earth Probe EOS
EPA US Environmental Protection Agency EPA
EPA/ORD EPA/Office of Research and Development EPA
EPIRB Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacons NESDIS
EPOC Eastern Pacific Oceanic Conference NODC
EPOCS Equatorial Pacific Ocean Climate Studies
EPOP European Polar Orbiting Platform EOS
EPOPE Etude des processus dans l'Ocean Pacifique Equatorial JGOFS
EQUALANT Equatorial Atlantic (ICITA)
ERAISA Environmental Risk Assessment Integrative Systems Approach
ERBE Earth Radiation Budget Experiment NESDIS,EOS
ERBS Earth Radiation Budget Satellite EOS
ERD Easily Recoverable Data
ERIC Experiment on Rapidly Intensifying Cyclones
ERL Environmental Research Laboratory
EROS Earth Resources Observation Systems Data Center USGS
EROS European River Ocean Systems
ERS Earth Remote-sensing Satellite EOS
ERTS-1 Earth Resources Technology Satellite-1 EOS
ESA Earth Sensor Assembly
ESA European Space Agency EOS
ESD Office of Education and Sustainable Development NOAA
ESDIM Environmental Services Data & Information Management NESDIS
ESIP Earth Sciences Information Partners
ESM Earth System Monitor NODC
ESM Equipment Support Module
ESMR Electronically Scanning Microwave Radiometer
ESRI Environmental Systems Research Institute
ESSC Earth System Sciences Committee EOS
ETI Expert center for Taxonomic Identification UNESCO
ETS Engineering Test Satellite
ETSR ExtraTerrestrial Solar spectral Irradiance
EU Electronic Unit
EU Equivalent Unit COAST
EUL End User Layer COAST
EUMELI EUtrophica, MEsotrophic and oLIgotrophic JGOFS
EUMETSAT EUropean organization for the exploration of METteorological SATellites EOS
EURASLIC European Association of Aquatic Science Libraries and Information Centres
eV electron Volts
EVM Earn Value Management method COAST
EVOS EXXON Valdez Oil Spill
EWG Environmental Working Group
FACTS Florida Atlantic Coastal Transport Study (MMS) MMS
FAQ Frequently Asked Questions
FAR False Alarm Rate NOAA,NWS
FARC Federal Archive and Records Center
FCCSET Federal Coordinating Council for Science, Engineering and Technology EOS
FDA U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDRAKE First Dynamic Response & Kinematics Experiment IDOE
FEI Finnish Environment Institute
FGDC Federal Geographic Data Committee
FGGE First GARP Global Experiment NESDIS,NODC
FIFE First ISLSCP Field Experiment EOS
FIN FOCI (MacIntosh) Interactive Network (~IDIDAS)
FINS Fish Information Service CORIS
FIO Florida Institute of Oceanography CORIS
FIRE First ISCCP Regional Experiment EOS
FIT Florida Institute of Technology NODC
FIU Florida International University NODC
FKNMS Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary CORIS
FLICC Federal Library and Information Center Committee
FLOOD Fleet Observations of Oceanographic Data
FLTSATCOM FleeT SATellite COMmunications
FM Frequency Modulation
FMP Fishery Management Plan
FMRI Florida Marine Research Institute NODC
FMT FGDC Metadata Team NODC
FNMOC Fleet Numerical Meteorological and Oceanographic Center (formerly FNOC) DOD
FNOC Fleet Numerical Oceanography Center NODC,DOD
FOCAL Programme Francais Ocean & Climate dans l'Atlantique Equatorial
FOCI Fisheries-Oceanography Cooperative Investigations/PMEL NOAA
FODMS Front Office Data Management System NODC
FORTE Fast On-Orbit Recording of Transient Events EOS
FOV Field-of-View NESDIS,EOS
FOY FGGE Operational Year
FPSF Frost Protect Shallow Foundation (ASCE)
FRF Field Research Facility COE
FSAT Foreign Satellite Data Acquisition Team (foreign = non-NOAA) NESDIS
FSCS Fisheries Scientific Computing System NMFS
FSS Flight Support System
FST Field Support Terminal EOS
FTE Full Time Employee
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FW Filter Wheel
FY Fiscal Year
FY Feng-Yun satellite (China)
GAC Global Area Coverage NESDIS
GADR Global Argo Data Repository
GALE Genesis of Atlantic Lows Experiment NODC
GARP Global Atmospheric Research Program WMO/ICSU
GARS Gulf of Alaska Recirculation Study
GARS German Antarctic Receiving Station
GAS General Applications System
GATE GARP Atlantic Tropical Experiment NODC
GBMB Green Bay Mass Balance Study
GBR Great Barrier Reef
GCC Global Change Category EOS
GCDIS Global Change Data and Information System CEES,EOS
GCFI Gulf and Caribbean Fisheries Institute U. MIAMI
GCGC Gulf Coast Geospatial Center U. So. MS
GCM General Circulation Model
GCM Global Climate Monitoring
GCMD Global Change Master Directory NASA
GCMP Guam Coastal Management Program
GCOS Global Climate Observing System
GCRIO Global Change Research Information Office
GCRL Gulf Coast Research Laboratory U+C1006. So. MS
GCRMN Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network CORIS
GCRP Global Change Research Program
GDL NGDCs Geomagnetic Data Library NGDC
GDR Geophysical Data Record GEOSAT,TOPEX
GEBCO General Bathymetric Chart of the Ocean
GELDS Grid and Earth Location Data System NESDIS
GEM Gulf Ecosystem Monitoring
GEMS Global Environmental Monitoring System
GEO Geostationary Earth Observation EOS
GEOMAC Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination Center
GEOS Geodetic Satellite (U.S.) NESDIS
GEOS-3 Geodynamic Experimental Ocean Satellite NESDIS
GEOSECS Geochemical Ocean Section Study IDOE
GERG Geochemical and Environmental Research Group TAMU
GES DAAC Goddard Earth Sciences Distributed Active Archive Center NASA
GETADE IODE Group of Experts on Technical Aspects of Data Management NODC
GEWEX Global Energy and Water Cycle Experiment EOS
GFDL Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory NODC
GGI GPS Geoscience Instrument
GHCN Global Historical Climatology Network
GHER GeoHydrodynamics & Environment Research Laboratory (Belgium)
GHRSST-PP GODAE High Resolution Sea Surface Temperature Pilot Project
Ghz GigaHertz
GILS Government Information Locator Service (USGS) USGS
GIMMS Global Inventory, Mapping and Monitoring System NASA/GSFC
GIPME Global Investigation of Pollution in the Marine Environment
GIPSY General Information Processing System NODC
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies NASA
GL General Ledger module COAST
GLAS Geoscience Laser Altimeter System EOS
GLC Great Lakes Commission
GLERL Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (NOAA) NOAA
GLFC Great Lakes Fisheries Commission
GLI Global Imager EOS
GLIMS Global Land Ice Measurements from Space
GLIS Geographic Land Information System USGS,EOS
GLL Galileo EOS
GLNPO Great Lakes National Program Office EPA
GLOBE Global Land One-kilometer Base Elevation
GLOBEC GLOBal oceans ECosystems dynamics research IOC/SCOR
GLORIA Geological Long-Range Inclined Asdic
GLOSS Global sea Level Observing System
GLRS Geodynamics Laser Ranging System EOS
GMEI Gulf of Mexico Estuarine Inventory
GMS Geostationary Meteorological Satellite EOS
GMT Greenwich Mean Time (Zulu or Coordinated Universal Time)
GNIS Geographic Names Information System
GOALS Global Ocean-Atmosphere-Land System CLIVAR
GODAE Global Ocean Data Assimilation Experiment NODC
GODAR Global Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue project NODC
GODB Global Ocean DataBase NODC
GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite NESDIS, EOS
GOFS Global Ocean Flux Study NODC
GOIN US-Japan Global Observation Information Network NODC
GOLD Global On-Line Data catalogue system (NODS) NODC
GOMI Global Ozone Monitoring Instrument EOS
GoMOOS Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System
GOMOS Global Ozone Monitoring by Occultation of Stars EOS
GOMP Gulf of Mexico Project
GOMR Global Ozone Monitoring Radiometer EOS
GOMS Geostationary Operational Meteorological Satellite
GOODBase Global Ocean Observation Data Base NODC
GOOS Global Ocean Observing System (IOC) IOC,CORIS
GOSSTCOMP Global Operational Sea Surfaace Temperature Computation
GOTS Global Ocean Temperature & Salinity NODC
GOWON Gulf Offshore Weather Observing Network (F192) NODC
GPCC Global Precipitation Climatology Centre
GPDMS GeoPhysical Data Management System
GPRA Government Performance and Results Act NOAA
GPS Global Positioning Satellite
GPS Global Positioning System
GSFC Goddard Space Flight Center NASA
GSMFC Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission
GTOS Global Terrestrial Observing System
GTS Global Telecommunications System
GTSPP Global Temperature-Salinity Profile Program NODC
GTSPP Global Temperature-Salinity Pilot Project NODC
GUACA Global Upper Air Climatic Atlas NCDC
GUI Graphical User Interface
GVI Global Vegetation Index
GWPF Global Water Partnership Forum
h/w hardware NODC
HAB Harmful Algal Bloom
HAB DMS Harmful Algal Bloom Data Management System NODC
HABMAPS HAB Mapping System CSC
HABSOS Harmful Algal Blooms Observing System NOAA
HAEP Hawaiian Association of environmental Professionals
HALOE Halogen Occultation Experiment
HBS Hawaii Biological Survey CORIS
HCHB Herbert C. Hoover Building
HDF Hierarchical Data Format
HEBBLE High Energy Benthic Boundary Experiment
HELCOM HELsinki COMmission
HEPAD High Energy Proton-Alpha Detector
HEPNET High Energy Physics Network
HI Human Interactions EOS
HI Hydrographic Institute of Portugal
HIMB Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology/Univ. of HI U. HAWAII
HIMSS High Resolution Microwave Spectrometer Sounder
HIRDLS High Resolution Dynamics Limb Sounder EOS
HIRIS HIgh Resolution Imaging Spectrometer EOS
HIRS HIgh-Resolution infrared Sounder NESDIS
HIRS/3 HIgh Resolution infrared Radiation Sounder/3 (equivalent for /2 also) NESDIS
HIS High-Resolution Interferometer Sounder EOS
HMS (Automated Biomass Burning Algorithm)
HOTS Hawaiian Ocean Time Series NODC
HPCC High Performance Computing & Communications
HRDI High Resolution Doppler Imager
HRPT High Resolution Picture Transmission NESDIS, EOS
HSEI Historical Significant Events Imagery
HSRI Hawaii Spill Response Center
HSSTD Historical Sea Surface Temperature Data project (WMO) WMO
http HyperText Transmission Protocol
HURL Hawai‘i Undersea Research Laboratory NOAA,NURP
HV High Voltage
Hz Hertz
IAGLR International Association of Great Lakes Research
IALA International Association of Lighthouse Authorities
IAMSLIC International Association of Aquatic & Marine Science Libraries and Information Centers NODC
IAPC International Association for Pollution Control
IAPH International Association of Ports and Harbors
IAPSO International Association for the Physical Sciences of the Oceans
IASC International Argo Steering Committee
IASF International Atlantic Salmon Foundation
IASI Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer EOS
IATTC Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission
IAU International Astronomical Union EOS
IBCAO International Bathymetric Chart of the Arctic Ocean
IBSS Institute of Biology of Southern Seas (Ukraine)
ICC Instrument Control Center EOS
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea
ICF Instrument Control Facility EOS
ICITA International Cooperative Investigations of the Tropical Atlantic
ICLARM International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management NODC, CORIS
ICM Integrated Coastal Management
ICNAF International Commission for the NW Atlantic Fisheries NODC
ICOD Euro-Mediterranean Centre on Insular Coastal Dynamics
ICON Innovative Coastal-Ocean Observing Network
ICRAN International Coral Reef Action Network UNEP,CORIS
ICRI International Coral Reef Initiatives CORIS
ICSEM International Conference for the Scientific Exploration of the Mediterranean
ICSI International Commission on Snow & Ice
ICSU International Council of Scientific Unions EOS
ICW InterCoastal Waterway
IDARS InterActive Data Access and Retrieval System NODC
IDIDAS Interactive Digital Image Display & Analysis System
IDL Interactive Data Language
IDM Ion Drift Meter
IDOE International Decade of Ocean Exploration NODC
IEDO Spanish Inventory of Oceanographic Datasets
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers NODC
IEF Inventory Exchange Format
IELV Intermediate Expendable Launch Vehicle EOS
IEO Spanish Institute of Oceanography
IEOS International Earth Observing System EOS
IERS International Earth Rotation Service TOPEX
IES Inverted Echo Sounders
IES/PGs Inverted Echo Sounders with Pressure Gauges
IETF Internet Engineering Task Force
IFFA Interactive Flash Flood Analyser
IFOV Instantaneous Field-of-View NESDIS,EOS
IFREMER Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer (France) NODC
IFYGL International Field Year for the Great Lakes
IGBP International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (ICSU) EOS
IGCP International Geological Correlation Program (Joint UNESCO-IUGS program) UNESCO/IUGS
IGDR Interim Geophysical Data Record TOPEX
IGFOV Instantaneous Geometric Field-of-View
IGOS Integrated Global Observing Strategy
IGOSS Inter-Governmental Oceanographic Station System
IGOSS Integrated Global Oceanographic Services System
IGRF International Geomagnetic Reference Field
IGS Institute of Geological Sciences (Ukraine)
IGU International Geophysical Union
IGY International Geophysical Year
IHO DCDB International Hydrographic Organization Data Center for Digital Bathymetry
IICWG International Ice Chartng Working Group
IIOE International Indian Ocean Expedition
IIPS Interactive Information and Processing Systems
IJC International Joint Commission
IJPS Initial Joint Polar-orbiting Satellite program
IJPS AAS Initial Joint Polar System Archive and Access System
ILABS Image Library and Browse System
ILAS Improved Limb Atmospheric Spectrometer EOS
ILT Image Location Tape
IMAFS Interactive Marine Analysis and Forecast System
IMaRS Institute for Marine Remote Sensing USF
IMC International Meteorological Centre (Bombay)
IMCS Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences Rutgers,NOAA
IMG Interferometric Monitor for Greenhouse Gases EOS
IMGMAP Image Mapping
IMI Irish Marine Institute
IMN Integrated Monitoring Network CORIS
IMOU International Memorandum of Understanding
IMP Interplanetary Monitoring Platform
IMP Instrument Mounting Platform
IMS Information Management System EOSDIS
IMS Institute of Marine Sciences (Univ. Alaska) U. ALASKA
IMS Interactive Multi-sensor Snow and ice mapping system
IMS International Marine Science newsletter
IMU Inertial Measurement Unit
in inch
INDEX Indian Ocean Experiment
INO Institute for Naval Oceanography
INODC Indian National Oceanographic Data Center
INPE Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espacias (Brazil,National Institute of Space Research)
INSAT Indian National Satellite
IO Inventory Organization COAST
IOBC Indian Ocean Biological Centre (Cochin)
IOC Initial Operating Capability
IOC Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission
IOCCG International Ocean Colour Coordinating Group
IODE International Oceanographic Data Exchange IOC
IOFS Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries (Split)
IOI International Ocean Institute
IOLR Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research
IOOS Integrated Ocean Observing System
IORAN Institute of Oceanology, Academy of Science (Moscow, Russia)
IP Internet Protocol
IPA International Permafrost Association
IPB Interactive Processing Branch NESDIS
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change EOS
IPD Information Processing Division
IPEI Ionospheric Plasma and Electrodynamics Instrument
IPIMAR Institute of Marine Research (Portugal)
IPO Integrated Program Office
IPO International Project Office WOCE
IPOC International Partner Operations Center EOS
IPOD International Program of Ocean Drilling ( was DSDP)
IPOMS International Polar-Orbiting Meteorological Satellite Group
IPPT Integrated Products and Processes Team NODC
IPR Intermediate Progress Review
IPS Information Processing System
IPSec Internet Protocol Security architecture
IRBZ Institute Rugjer Boskovic, Zagreb
IROAS Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, Russian Academy of Sciences (Moscow, Russia)
IRTS Infrared Temperature Sounder EOS
ISAMS Improved Stratospheric and Mesospheric Sounder EOS
ISAS Infrared Spectrometer for Atmospheric Sounding
ISCCP International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project NESDIS,EOS
ISIS International Satellite for Ionosphere Studies
ISLSCP International Satellite Land Surface Climatology Project EOS
ISM Information Systems and Management Division NODC
ISMD Information Systems and Management Division (formerly ADP) NODC
ISMEX Indo-Soviet Monsoon Experiment
ISO International Standard Organization
ISOS International Southern Ocean Studies IDOE
ISP Internet Service Provider
ISPRS International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
ISRS International Society for Reef Studies CORIS
ISTP International Solar-Terrestrial Physics
IT Information Technology
ITAT Information Technology Advisory Team NESIDS
ITAVSM Ispettorato Telecomunicazioni ed Assistenza al Volo Servizio Meteorologico (Italy)
ITCZ InterTropical Convergence Zone
ITIR Intermediate Thermal Infrared Radiometer EOS
ITIS Interagency Taxonomy Information System
ITOS Improved TIROS Operational Satellite NESDIS
ITRF International Terrestrial Reference Frame
ITT-A/CD International Telephone and Telegraph - Aerospace/Communications Division
IUE International Ultraviolet Explorer spacecraft
IUGS International Union of Geological Sciences
IVHS Intelligent Vehicle-Highway System
IWG Investigator Working Group EOS
IWGDMGC International Working Group on Data Mgt & Global Change EOS
IWRA International Water Resources Association
IWSOE International Weddell Sea Oceanographic Expedition (1968-1970)
IYO International Year of the Ocean (1998) UN\IOC
JAFOOS Joint Australian Facility for Ocean Observing Systems
JAMSTEC Japan Marine Science and Technology Center
JASADCP Joint Archive for Shipboard ADCP
JASIN Joint Air-Sea INteraction experiment
JASL Joint Archive for Sea Level
JASMINE Joint Air-Sea Monsoon Interaction Experiment
JAWF Joint Agricultural Weather Facility
JCRMOD Joint Center for Research in the Management of Ocean Data
JEDA Joint Environmental Data Analysis Center SIO
JEOS Japanese Earth Observing System EOS
JERS Japanese Earth Remote-sensing Satellite
JERS Japan's Earth Resources Satellite EOS
JGOFS Joint Global Ocean Flux Study
JGR Journal of Geophysical Research
JIC Joint Ice Center
JISETA Joint Investigation of the SouthEastern Tropical Atlantic
JMA Japanese Meteorological Agency
JMCDM Joint METOC Conceptual Data Model
JODC Japan Oceanographic Data Center
JOI Joint Oceanographic Institutions
JOIDES Joint Oceanographic Institutions for Deep Earth Sampling
JONSDAP Joint Oceanographic North Sea Data Acquisition (JONSIS)
JONSIS Joint North Sea Information System
JONSWAP Joint North Sea Wave Analysis Project
JOPI Java Ocean Profile Interface NODC
JPL Jet Propulsion Laboratory
JPOP Japanese Polar-Orbiting Platform EOS
JPWG Joint Program Working Group GOIN
JSC NASA Johnson Space Center NASA/JSC
JSTA Japan Science & Technology Agency
JSTC Joint Scientific and Technical Committee
KDC Key Distribution Center
KEEP Kuroshio Edge Exchanage Processes study (JGOFS/Taiwan) JGOFS
KEER Kuroshio Extension Regional Experiment TOPEX
keV kilo electron volts
kg kilograms
km kilometers
KNODC Kenya National Oceanographic Data Center
KODC Korean Oceanographic Data Center
KOMPSAT (Korean earth-observing satellite)
KORDI Korea Ocean Research and Development Institute
LAC Local Area Coverage NESDIS, EOS
LAGEOS Laser Geodynamics Satellite (Italy. Launched by NASA to aid ADEOS measurements) NASA/ADEOS
Landsat Land Remote-Sensing Satellite NESDIS,EOS
LANL Los Alamos National Laboratory
LaRC Langley Research Center NASA
LARC Lighter Amphibious Resupply Cargo COE
LAS Live Access Server
LATEX Louisiana/Texas Shelf Study or Physical Oceanography Pgm TAMU
LAWS Laser Atmospheric Wind Sounder
LBR Low Bit Rate, Fast Delivery
LBR-FD Low Bit Rate
LCARS Louisiana Coastal Area Restoration Study
LCD Local Climate Daily NCDC
LDEO Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
LDGO Lamont-Doherty Geological Observatory
LDNR Louisiana Department of Natural Resources
LEO Long-term Ecosystem Observatory NURP,Rutgers
LEPOR Long-term and Expanded Program of Oceanic exploration and Research (IOC) IOC
LERTS Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Teledetedion Spatiale EOS
LFM Limited-area Fine Mesh - NMC model for weekly mean surface wind drift vectors
LIDAR Light Detection and Ranging EOS
LIDQA Landsat Image Data Quality and Analysis EOS
LIE Line Islands Experiment (GARP) GARP
LIMS Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere EOS
LIS Library Information Services
LIS Lightning Imaging Sensor EOS
LISD Library and Information Services Division NODC
LITE Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment EOS
LLMB Lake Michigan Mass Balance
LMD Laboratoire de Meteorologie Dynamique EOS
LO Liaison Officer NODC
LO Line Office NOAA
LOI Letter of Intent
LOICZ Land-Ocean Interaction in the Coastal Zone
LOIS Land-Ocean Interaction Study NERC
LOV Level Of Effort COAST
LRA Laser Retroreflector Assembly EOS
LRPT Low-Resolution Picture Transmission NESDIS,EOS
LS Library Services NODC
LSA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry NODC
LSB Least Significant Bit NESDIS
LST Local Solar Time NESDIS
LTA Long Term Archive COAST
LTER Long Term Ecological Research programs NSF
LTMP Long Term Monitoring Program
LUMCON Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
LVPS Low Voltage Power Supply
LVS Launch Vehicle System
mab meters above bottom
MAB Mid-Atlantic Bight Center NOAA,NURP
MABPOM Mid-Atlantic Bight Physical Oceanography & Meteorology
MAFLA Mississippi/Alabama/Florida Area Environmental Study
MAP Mediterranean Action Plan UNEP
MARMAP Marine Resources Monitoring, Assessment & Prediction
MARPOLMON-P Marine Pollution Monitoring Program - Petroleum
MARSIS Marine Remove-Sensing Information System
MASAR MMS/Mid-Atlantic Slope and Rise Experiment
MAST MArine Science and Technology
mb millibars
MBARI Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
MBL Marine Biological Laboratory WHOI
Mbps Megabits per second
MBSS Maryland Biological Stream Survey
MBT Mechanical Bathythermograph
MC Marine Climate cruise (Israel)
MCCC Mission Control and Computing Center
MCEER Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research
MCP Meteorological Communications Package EOS
MCSST Multi Channel Sea Surface Temperature algorithm NESDIS
MDB MetaStar Metadata Data Base BAT,NESDIS,FGDC
MDC Marine Data Centre
MDMWG Marine Data Management Working Group ICES
MECCAS II Microbial Exchanges and Coupling in Coastal Atlantic Systems
MEDALPEX Mediterranean Alpine Experiment
MEDAR Mediterranean Data Archaeology IOC/WMO
MEDAS Mediterranean Environmental Database of the Adriatic Sea
MEDATLAS Mediterranean Atlas IOC/WMO
MEDI Marine Environment Data Information referral system
MEDNET Mediterranean Automated Environmental Monitoring Network
MEDPOL Mediterranean Pollution and Research Programme
MEDS Marine Environmental Data Service (Canada)
MEGIS Marine Ecosystem Geographic Information System
MEL Master Environmental Library
MEL Module Enhancers and Liaisons COAST
MELV Medium Expendable Launch Vehicle EOS
MEPED Medium Energy Proton and Electron Detector
MERIS MEdium Resolution Imaging Spectrometer EOS
MERMAid Metadata Enterprise Resource Management Aid NCDDC
MERTS Marine Environmental Research and Training Station
MESA Marine Ecosystems Analysis (NY Bight & Puget Sound)
MESSR Multispectrum Electronic Self-Scanning Radiometer EOS
METEOSAT Meteorological Satellite (European)
METOP Europe's METeorological Operational Program EOS
METSAT METeorological SATellite
MeV Million-electron vVolt
MFPS Multi-Frequency Acoustic Plankton Survey
MGG Marine Geology and Geophysics division NGDC
MGS Marine Geophysical Survey
MGU Moscow State University
MHI Marine Hydrophysical Institute (Ukraine)
MHS Microwave Humidity Sounder EOS
MILOC Military Oceanographic Survey
MIMR Multi-frequency Imaging Microwave Radiometer EOS
MIPAS Michelson Interferometer for Passive Atmospheric Sounding EOS
MIRC Marine Information Research Center
MIRP Manipulated Information Rate Processor
MISR Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer EOS
MISWG Mapping and Information Synthesis Group (CTRF)
MIT Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MITI Ministry of International Trade and Industry EOS
MIZEX Marginal Sea Ice Zone Experiment
MIZPAC Marginal Sea Ice Zone Pacific Program (MMS) MMS
MLS Microwave Limb Sounder EOS
MMBI Murmansk Marine Biological Institute (Russian Academy of Sciences)
MMCS Marine Meteorological Centre (Split)
MMIPS Man/Machine Interactive Processing System
MMM Maximum Monthly Mean
MMRP Marine Mammal Research Program
MMS Multimission Modular Spacecraft
MMS Minerals Management Service (formerly BLM) MMS
MOA Memorandum of Agreement
MOBS Marine Optical Buoy System
MOBY MArine Optical BouY
MOCE Marine Optical Characterization Experiment
MOCNESS Multiple Opening/Closing Net & Environmental Sensing System
MODAS Modular Ocean Data Assimilation System
MODB Mediterranean Oceanic Data Base (Belgium)
MODE Mid-Ocean Dynamics Experiment IDOE
MODIS-N Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer - Nadir EOS
MODIS-T Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer - Tilt EOS
MOHSST Meteorological Office Historical Sea Surface Temperature
MONEX Monsoon Experiment (Indian Ocean)
MONSOON ...........(related to MONEX, INDEX)
MOODS Master Oceanographic Observations Data Set
MOP Meteosat Operational Programme EOS
MOPITT Measurements of Pollution in the Troposphere EOS
MOS Marine Observation Satellite EOS
MOS Mission Operations System
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPA Marine Protected Area
mps meters per second
MPSOC Multi-Purpose Stellite Operations Center
mr milliradians
MSAS Marine Spill Analysis System
MSB Most Significant Bit NESDIS
MSET Mathematics, Science, Engineering and Technology
MSFC Marshall Space Flight Center NASA
MSFCMA Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act
MSIA Marine Scientific Information Association (Ukraine)
MSL Mean Sea Level
MSPPS Microwave Surface and Hydrological Product System
MSR Microwave Scanning Radiometer EOS
MSRC Marine Spill Response Corporation
MSS MultiSpectral Scanner EOS
MSU Microwave Sounding Unit NESDIS,EOS
MTN Main Telecommunication Network IOC/WMO
MTPE Mission to Planet Earth NASA,EOS
MTS Microwave Temperature Sounder EOS
MTS Marine Transportation System NOAA
MTS Marine Technology Society
MU Microwave Unit EOS
MULDARS Multi-disciplinary Data Acquisition & Retrieval System NODC
MUT Multi-Unit Tasking
N/A Not Available or Not Applicable
NABE North Atlantic Bloom Experiment JGOFS
NACOA National Advisory Committee on Oceans
NACOA North Atlantic Current TOPEX
NAFAX National Facimile Network
NAISC North American Industry Standard Classification
NAMDI National Marine Data Inventory NODC
NAMFAX National Meteorological facsimile Network
NAML National Association of Marine Laboratories
NAO North Atlantic Oscillation
NARA National Archive and Records Administration NESDIS
NARB NOAA-Network Advisory Board NOAA
NAS National Academy of Sciences
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration NASA
NASCOM NASA COMmunications Network NASA
NASDA National Space Development Agency
NATS North Atlantic Tracer Section program
NBII National Biological Information Infrastructure NCDDC
NBIS Northern Biosphere Information System EOS
NBS National Biological Service USGS
NCAAS NOAA's CoastWatch Active Access System NESDIS,NODC
NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research
NCC Network Control Center
NCC Norwegian Coastal Current TOPEX
NCCCS Northern California Coastal Circulation Study
NCCF NOAA Central Computer Facility NOAA
NCCOS National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science
NCDC National Climatic Data Center NESDIS
NCDDC National Coastal Data Development Center NODC
NCDS NASA Climate Data System NASA,EOS
NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction NOAA
NCIRT NOAA Computer Incident Response Team NOAA
NCRI National Coral Reef Institute
NDADS NASA Data Archive and Distribution System NASA
NDBC NOAAs National Data Buoy Center NOAA
NDBO National Data Buoy Office NWS
NDC National Data Centre
NDMC National Drought Mitigation Center
NDSI Normalized Difference Snow Index
NDVI Normalized Difference Vegetation Index NESDIS
NEADW NorthEast Atlantic Deep Water
NEAPACC Northeast Atlantic Palaeoceanography and Climate Change
NEARSS NorthEast Area Remote Sensing System
NECC North Equatorial CounterCurrent TOPEX
NECOP Nutrient-Enhanced Coastal Ocean Productivity
NEdN Noise Equivalent Differential Radiance NESDIS
NEDRES National Environmental Data Referral Service NESDIS
NEdT Noise Equivalent Differential Temperature NESDIS
NEFSC Northeast Fisheries Science Center NMFS
NEGOA NorthEast Gulf of Alaska
NEGOM Northeast Gulf of Mexico projecT MMS
NEMI National Environmental Monitoring InitiativE NSTC
NeMO New Millennium Observatory U. Wash.
NEMP North East Monitoring Program
NEMS Netscape Enterprise Messaging System.
NEPA National Environmental Protection Act
NERC Natural Environment Research Council EOS
NERD Not Easily Recoverable Data
NERRS National Estuarine Reserve Research System NOS/OCRM
NERSC Nansen Environmental & Remote Sensing Center
NeS NESDIS e-Commerce System COAST
NESC New England Seamount Chain TOPEX
NESDD NOAA Environmental Services Data Directory NOAA
NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data, & Information Service NOAA
NET Nimbus Experiment Team NASA\CZCS
NET Noise Equivalent delta Temperatures
NetCDF Network Common Data Format (Unidata)
NEXRAD NEXt Generation Weather RADar NWS
NFA NOAA Finance and Administration NOAA
NFWF National Fish and Wildlife Federation
NGDC National Geophysical Data Center NESDIS
NGI Next Generation Internet
NGO Non-Governmental Organization
NGS National Geodetic Survey NOS
NGVD National Geodetic Vertical Datum
NH Northern Hemisphere
NHC NOAA National Hurricane Center NWS
NIC Network Information Center
NIEHS National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences
NIFC National Interagency Fire Center
NIOF National Institute of Oceanography & Fisheries (Egypt)
NIS Non-indigenous species
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology
NLSST Non-Linear Sea Surface Temperature algorithm NESDIS
nm nanometers
NMAO NOAA Marine and Aviation Operations NOAA
NMC National Meteorological Center NWS
NMDIS National Marine Data and Information Services (Japan)
NMEA National Marine Educators Association
NMPIS National Marine Pollution Information System
NMS National Marine Sanctuaries
NNAC Norwegian North Atlantic Current TOPEX
NNDC NOAA National Data Centers NESDIS,COAST
NNDC NOAA's National Data Centers NESDIS
NNODS NOAA/NOS Ocean Data System NOS
NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA
NOAALINK NOAA Library and Information Network Catalog NODC
NOARL Naval Oceanographic and Atmospheric Research Laboratory DOD
NOC Network Operations Center NODC
NOCN NOAA Ocean Communications Network NOAA
NODAR NODC's Oceanographic Data Archaeology and Rescue project NODC
NODC National Oceanographic Data Center NESDIS
NODS NASA Ocean Data System NASA, EOS
NOHRSC National Operational Hydrographic Remote Sensing Center
NOMAD Navy Oceanographic Meteorological Automatic Device (buoy) DOD
NOMES New England Offshore Mining Experiment
NOP National Oceanic Program
NOPP National Ocean Partnership Program NOPP
NORAD North American Air Defense Command NESDIS
NORLC National Ocean Research Leadership Council (part of NOPP) NOPP
NORPAC cooperative survey of the NORthern PACific
NORPAX North Pacific Experiment IDOE
NOS National Ocean Service NOAA
NOSAMS National Ocean Sciences Accelerator Mass Spectrometry WHOI
NOSC Naval Ocean Systems Center DOD
NOSIE Ocean Science Information Exchange NODC
NOST NASA Science Office of Standards and Technology NASA
NPOES National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite NESDIS
NPOESS National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System NESDIS
NPOP Navigation Product Advisory Panel NESDIS
NPP NPOESS Preparatory Project NESDIS
NRA NASA Research Announcement NASA.EOS
NRAP NOAA Rotational Assignment Program NOAA
NRC National Research Council
NRCS Natural Resources Conservation Service
NRDA Natural Resources Damage Assessment
NREN National Research and Education Network
NRI National Resources Inventory (USDA Soil Conservation Service) USDA
NRL US Naval Research Laboratory DOD
NROSS Navy Remote Oceanographic Sensing System
NS&T National Status & Trends
NSC National Security Council
NSDI National Spatial Data Infrastructure
NSF National Science Foundation NSF
NSCIG National States Geographic Information Council NCDDC
NSIDC National Snow & Ice Data Center NESDIS
NSORS National Satellite Ocean Remote Sensing
NSP neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (brevetoxins)
NSpC National Space Council EOS
NSPD National Space Policy Directive EOS
NSSDAC NOAA Shipboard Sensor Data Acquisition NOAA
NSSDC National Space Science Data Center
NSSL National Severe Storms Laboratory (Norman, OK) NOAA
NSTC National Science and Technology Council
NSTL National Space Technology Laboratories TOPEX
NSTS Nearshore Sediment Transport Study NODC
NSWC US Naval surface Warfare Center DOD
NTON National Tide Observation Network
NURC National Undersea Research Center UCONN,CORIS
NURP National Undersea Research Program NOAA,CORIS
NVDS NOAA (or National)Virtual Data System NODC
NVI Normalized Vegetation Index NCDC\SDSD
NVODS National Virtual Ocean Data System
NWFSC NOAA/NMFS/Northwest Fisheries Science Center NMFS
NWI National Wetlands Inventory USF&WS
NWP Numerical Weather Prediction EOS
NWS National Weather Service NOAA
OAIS Open Archival Information System
OAMAC Oceanic and Atmospheric Management Advisory Committee
OAR Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research NOAA
OCDD Ocean Current Drifter Data (CD-ROM set) NODC
OCEAN Ocean Climate Environmental Analysis News
OceanIC The Ocean Information Center
OCEANPC Ocean Personal Computer project IOC/WMO
OCIO Office of the Chief Information Officer NOAA
OCL NODCs Ocean Climate Laboratory NODC
OCL Ocean Climate Laboratory NODC
OCLC On-line Computer Library Center
OCMP Ocean-Coastal Management Program (Oregon)
OCNMAP OceaN MAP system (CoastWatch) CoastWatch
OCNMS Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
OCR Optical Character Recognition
OCRM NOAA/NOS Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management NOS
OCS Outer Continental Shelf
OCSEAP Outer Continental Shelf Environmental Assessment Program
OCTS Ocean Color and Temperature Scanner (ADEOS) NASA\ADEOS
ODAS Ocean Data Acquisition Systems
ODB Orbit Determination Beacon EOS
ODC Ocean Data Centre EOS
ODP Ocean Drilling Program
ODV Ocean Data View
OGC Office of General Counsel
OGP Office of Global Programs
OIA Office of Integrative Activities (NSF; formerly OSTI) NSF
OIA Office of International Affairs NOAA
OICAA Oceanic Institute Center for Applied Aquaculture
OIS Oceanographic Information System
OLR Outgoing Longwave Radiation
OLS OnLine Store COAST
OLS Operational Line Scanner (DMSP) DMSP,EOS
OM Order Management module COAST
OMEX Ocean Margin Exchange
OMS Orbital Maneuvering System
ONR Office of Naval Research DOD
ONRL Oak Ridge National Laboratory
OOD Operational Orbit Determination
OOPC Ocean Observation Panel for Climate
OOPS Operational Ozone Product system
OOSDP Ocean Observing System Development Panel CCCO-JSC
OOV On-Orbit Verification
OPA Office of Public Affairs NOAA
OPC Ocean Products Center
OPDB Oceanographic Profile DataBase NODC
OPDIN Ocean Pollution Data & Information Network
OPOP Ocean Product Advisory Panel
OPTOMA Ocean Prediction Thru Observation Modeling & Analysis
OPUS Organization of Persistent Upwelling Structures
ORA Office of Research and Applications NESDIS
ORAD Office of Research and Applications Division (was ORA) NOAA
ORCA Office of Ocean Resources Conservation and Assessment NOS
ORCAS Ocean Response Coastal Analysis System URI/NOPP
ORD Office of Research and Development EPA
ORHAB Olympic Regional Harmful Algal Bloom
ORLC Ocean Research Leadership Council NOPP
ORNL Oak Ridge National Laboratory
ORV Oceanographic Research Vessel
OSA Outer Soundings Array
OSC Orbital Sciences Corporation
OSCAR On-line Satellite Catalog Access & Request system NCDC
OSD Office of Systems Development NESDIS
OSDPD Office of Satellite Data Processing & Distribution NESDIS
OSEI Operational Significant Event Imagery
OSMI Ocean Scanning Multispectral Imager
OSNLR Ocean Science in relation to Non-Living Resources
OSO Office of Satellite Operations
OSSA Office of Space Science and Applications
OSTI Office of Science and Technology Infrastructure NSF
OSTP Office of Science and Technology Policy EOS
OSU Oregon State University
OT&E Operational Test & Evaluation COAST
OTEC Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion
OWS Ocean Weather Station
P/N Pseudo Noise NESDIS
PACHAB Pacific Region Harmful Algal Blooom
PAGES Past Changes in Climate
PAM Pluggable Authentication Module
PAM-D Payload Assist Module
PARKA Pacific Acoustic Research Kaneohe-Alaska
PB PlayBack
PCS Peru Current System TOPEX
PDF Portable Document Format
PDS Planetary Data System
PEQUOD Pacific Equatorial Ocean Dynamics program
PFEL Pacific Fisheries Environmental Laboratory NMFS
PGS Product Generation System EOS
PHD Pulse Height Discriminators
PI Principal Investigator
PICWG Pfisteria Interagency Coordination Working Group
PIPOR Program for International Polar Ocean Research
PIRATA Pilot Research Moored Array in the Tropical Atlantic
PIREP Pilot Report
PL Public Law EOS
PLDS Pilot Land Data System EOS
PLLO Phase Locked Loop Oscillators
PM Phase Modulated
PM Project Manager
PMEL Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory NOAA
PMESH Project on Modeling Earth System History Penn. State
PMR Pressure-Modulated Radiometer EOS
PMT Photo Multiplier Tube
PN Pseudo Noise
PNCERS Pacific Northwest Coastal Ecosystem Regional Study NOAA\COP
PNEDC Programme National dEtude de la Dynamique du Climat JGOFS
PNRBC Pacific Northwest River Basins Commission
POCC Payload Operations Control Center
POD Precision Orbit Determination
PODG Physical Ocean Data Group (DBMD) NODC
PODS Pilot Ocean Data System
PODTG Precision Orbit Determination Task Group
POEM Physical Oceanography of the Eastern Mediterranean
POEM Polar Orbit Earth Observations Mission EOS
POES Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites NESDIS,EOS
POGR Piston Operated Grab Respirometer
POL Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory
POLDER Polarization and Directionality of the Earth's Reflectance EOS
POLES Polar Exchange at the Sea Surface EOS
POLEX-SOUTH POLar EXperiment in the SOUTHern Ocean
POLYMODE combination of USSR POLYGON project & US MODE
POMSS Polar Orbiting Meteorological Satellite System
POO Platforms of Opportunity
POOP Process Oriented Observation Program
POP Product Advisory Panel
PORTS Physical Oceanographic Real-Time Systems NOS
PPI Office of Program Planning and Integration NOAA
PPMV Parts Per Million by Volume
PPOP Precipitation Product Advisory Panel
PPR Photopolarimeter Radiometer EOS
PR Precipitation Radar EOS
PRAREE Precise Range and Range Rate Equipment--Extended TOPEX,EOS
PRF Pulse Repetition Frequency
PRIME Plankton Reactivity in the Marine Environment JGOFS
PRIMO International Research Programme in the Western Mediterranean
PRISM Parameter Regression on Independent Slopes Model OSU
PRMS Pressurized Rescue Module System
PROBES Processes & Resources of the Bering Sea Shelf
PROFS Program for Regional Observing & Forecasting Services
PROM Programmable Read Only Memory
PROTEUS PROfile TElemetry of Upper ocean currents PMEL
PRT Platinum Resistance Thermometers
PSA Pacific Science Association
PSB OSDPD Product Systems Branch
PSE Power Supply Electronics
PSERP Puget Sound Environmental Research Program
PSI Planning Systems Incorporated
PSMSL Permanent Service for Mean Sea Level
PSNER Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration
PSNERIS Puget Sound Nearshore Ecosystem Restoration Partnership Information System
PSP Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (saxitoxins and its congeners)
PSS Practical Salinity Scale
PSS Priority Sounding Station PMEL/COARE
PSU Practical Salinity Unit
PU Processing Unit EOS
PVL Parameter Value Language
QA Quality Assurance
QAT Quality Assurance Team NODC
QC Quality Control
QCP Quality Control Package IOC/WMO
QUIPS Quality Improvement Profile System
RA Radar Altimeter EOS
RAC/SPA Regional Activity Centre for Specially Protected Areas UNEP
RACER Research on Antarctic Coastal Ecosystem Rates
RADARSAT Radar Satellite (Canada) EOS
RAFOS Ranging And Fixing Of Sound
RAID Redundant Array of Independent Disks
RAM Random Access Memory
RAMP RADARSAT Antarctic Mapping Project RADARSAT
RAMP Rapid Assessment of Management Parameters
RAS Russian Academy of Sciences
RBAC Role Based Access Control
RBPGS Radiation Budget Product Generation
RCC Regional Climate Centers NOAA
RCE Reaction Control Equipment
RDBMS Relational Data Base Management System
REINAS Real-time Environmental Information Network and Analysis System
REX Northwest Atlantic Regional Energetics Experiment TOPEX
RF Radio Frequency EOS
RFI Radio Frequency Interference
RIDGE Ridge Inter-Disciplinary Global Experiment
RIHMI Russian Institute of HydroMeteorological Information
RIS Retroreflector in Space ADEOS,EOS
RLB Regional Libraries Branch (LISD) NODC
RMBC Regional Marine Biological Centre (Singapore)
rms Root Mean Square
RMSD Root Mean Square Difference
RNN Regional NOCN Nodes
RNO National Monitoring Network (France)
RNODC Responsible National Oceanographic Data Center
RNODC Russian National Oceanographic Data Centre
RODC Regional Oceanographic Data Center
ROM Read Only Memory
ROME Role of Organics in the Marine Environment
ROPME Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment
ROSCOP Report of Observations/Samples Collected by Oceanographic Programs
ROV Remotely Operated Vessel
ROWS Radar Ocean Wave Spectrometer SWADE
rpm Revolutions Per Minute EOS
RSHMI Russian State Hydrometeorological Institute - St. Petersburg, Russia
RSI RadarSat International
RSMAS Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science U. MIAMI
RSS Reaction Support Structure
RTC Regional Telecommunication Hub IOC/WMO
RTOVS Revised TIROS Operational Vertical Sounding
RWA Reaction Wheel Assemblies
S&R Search and Rescue EOS
S/N Signal to Noise ratio NESDIS
s/w software NODC
S3 Satellite Surface Stress
S-3 Small Scientific Satellite
SA Solar Array
SA System Architecture
SAA Satellite Active Archive NESDIS,COAST
SABRE South Atlantic Bight Recruitment Experiment
SAD Solar Array Drive
SADC Southern African Development Community US AID
SAFIRE Spectroscopy of the Atmosphere using Far Emissions EOS
SAGE Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment EOS
SAHFOS Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science
SAIC Science Applications International Corporation
SAILARS Semi-Autonomous Intervention, Launch and Recovery System
SAL NOAA/NODC Satellite Altimetry Laboratory
SAM Sensing with Active Microwaves
SAM II Stratospheric Aerosol Measurement experiment (CZCS)
SAMDP Satellite and Mission Design Program
SAMPEX Solar Anomalous and Magnetospheric Particle Explorer
SAMPs Special Area Management Plans NOS/OCRM
SAMS Stratospheric And Mesospheric Sounder CZCS,EOS
SANTA CLAuS Studies in ANTarcticA: Coupled Linkages Among micro(u)organismS U. HAWAII
SAO Systems Acquisitions Office
SAPB Satellite Activities Progress Briefing NESDIS
SAR Search And Rescue NESDIS
SAR Synthetic Aperture Radar NESDIS,EOS
SARCOM SAR Communications - steering group for implementation of SAR data in NOAA & Navy NOAA,DOD
SARP-2 Search and Rescue Processor
SARR SAR Repeater
SARS Satellite Archive & Retrieval System NESDIS
SARSAT Search And Rescue Satellite-Aided Tracking NESDIS
SASS SeaSat-A Scatterometer System NESDIS
SATCU Solar Array Telemetry Commutator Unit
SAV Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
SAVE South Atlantic Ventilation Experiment
SBTA Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technology Advice
SBUV/2 Solar Backscatter Ultra Violet Spectral Radiometer, MOD2 NESDIS,EOS
SCAR Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research
SCARAB SCAnner for the RAdiation Budget EOS
SCF Satellite Control Facility DOD\USAF
SCF Science Computing Facility EOS
SCIAMACHY Scanning Imaging Absorption Spectrometer for Atmospheric Cartography EOS
SCMS Somali Current Monitoring System
SCOC Sediment Community Oxygen Consumption
S-CODE Super Coastal Ocean Dynamics Experiment
SCOPE Special Committee On Problems of the Environment
SCOPE Southern COastal Plains Expedition
SCOR Scientific Committee on Oceanographic Research
SCSI Small Computer System Interface
SCUDS Surface CUrrent Data Summary
SDE Spatial Database Engine ESRI
SDS Science Data Segment
SDS Scientific Data Stewardship NESDIS
SDSD Satellite Data Service Division NESDIS,NCDC
SDTS Spatial Data Transfer Standard
SeaBASS SeaWiFS Bio-optical Archive and Storage System
SEA-COOS Southeast Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing Systems
SEADAC Socio-Economic Data and Applications Center EOS
SEAKEYS Sustained Ecological Research Related to Management of the Florida Keys Seascape FIO,CORIS
SEAMAP Southeast Area Monitoring & Assessment Program
SEAS Shipboard Environmental data Acquisition System NOS
SeaWiFS Sea-Wide Field-of-View Sensor NESDIS,EOS
SEBSCC Southeast Bering Sea Carrying Capacity Regional Ecosystem Study
SEC Space Environment Center NOAA
SEC Sun-Earth Connection
sec seconds
SEDRIS Source for Environmental Representation and Interchange
SEFSC Southeast Fisheries Science Center NMFS
SEG Solid Earth Geophysics division NGDC
SEI Software Engineering Institute
SELV Small Expendable Launch Vehicle EOS
SEM SouthEastern Mediterranean countries
SEM Space Environment Monitor NESDIS,EOS
SEM-2 Space Environment Monitor Version 2
SEQUAL Seasonal Response of the Equatorial Atlantic
SESAME Severe Environmental Storms and Mesoscale Experiment
SET Systems Engineering Team COAST
SFA Survey, Feedback, Action NOAA
SFCG Space Frequency Coordination Group
SFDU Standard Formatted Data Units
SFERPM South Florida Ecosystem Restoration, Prediction, and Modeling Program NOAA,CORIS
SFOMC South Florida Ocean Measurement Center
SFSS Satellite Field Service Station
SFTF South Florida Test Facility DOD/USN
S-GCOS Space-Based Global Change Observation System EOS
SGLS Space-Ground Link Systems
SGRMAP Stretched GRidded products MAP
SHC Sustain Healthy Coasts (NOAA initiative) NOAA
SHF Super High Frequency
SHIPS Statistical Hurricane Intensity Prediction Scheme
SHOM Service Hydographique et Oceanographique de la Marine (France)
SI Solar Influences EOS
SIGCAT Special Interest Group for CD-ROM Applications and Technology
SIO Scripps Institute of Oceanography
SIP Shelter In Place
SIR-A,B,C Shuttle Imaging Radar (A, B or C) NASA,EOS
SIS Sensor Insertion System (US Army COE)
SISMER Marine Scientific Information Systems (France)
SLAR Side-Looking Airborne Radar
SLEUTH System for Locating Eruptive Underwater Turbidity & Hydrography
SLOSH Sea, Lake & Overland Surge from Hurricanes
SLP Sea Level Pressure
SLR Satellite Laser Ranging TOPEX,EOS
SM Sensor Module
SMC System Management Center EOS
SME Subject Matter Expert COAST
SMILE Shelf Mixed Layer Experiment
SMMR Scanning Multi-frequency (or Multi-channel) Microwave Radiometer NESDIS,EOS
SMMS Spatial Metadata Management System NCDDC
SMP Symmetric MultiProcessing
SMP Synthesis and Modeling Program JGOFS
SMS Synchronous meteorological Satellite
SNP Secured Network Gateway
SNR Signal-to-Noise Ratio EOS
SO Southern Oscillation
SOC Satellite Operations Center NOAA
SOC Southern Ocean Center
SOCC Satellite Operation Control Center NESDIS
SOE Sequence of Events
SOEST School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology/Univ. of HI U. HAWAII
SOFAR Sound Fixing and Ranging
SOHO Solar and Heliospheric Observatory
SOLSTICE Solar Stellar Irradiance Comparison Experiment EOS
SONIC SPAN Ocean Network Information Center
SONS Spills of National Significance
SOOP Ship of Opportunity Program
SOOPIP Ship-of-Opportunity Program Implementation Panel IOC/WMO
SOP Standard Operating Proceedure NODC
SOW Statement of Work
SPAMR Statistics Page And Management Reports team NODC
SPAN Space Physics Analysis Network (terminated. Later referred to as NSI-DECnet)
SPAS Solar Patrol & Alert Service
SPAT Sensor Performance and Analysis Team
SPCZ South Pacific Convergence Zone
SPIDR Space Physics Interactive Data Resource NGDC,COAST
SPLASH Special Program to List the Amplitudes of Surges from Hurricanes
SPMT Service Permanent des Marees Terrestres (Permanent Service on Earth Tides)(Brussels)
SPN Shared Processing Network
SPOT Satellite Pour lObservation de la Terre
SPOT Systeme pour l'Observation de la Terre EOS
SPRB Satellite Progress Review Board
SPS Sensor Performance Summaries
SPSRB Satellite Products and Services Review Board
SR Scanning Radiometer NESDIS
SRA Scanning Radar Altimeter SWADE
SRA SAR Receiver Antenna
SRB Solid Rocket Boosters
SRL Shuttle Research Laboratory EOS
SRV Submerged Rooted Vegetation
SSALT Solid-State ALTimeter EOS
SSBUV Shuttle Solar Backscatter Ultraviolet EOS
SSBUV Space Studies Board EOS
SSD Satelite Services Division NESDIS
SSD Solid State Detectors
SSDOO Space Science Data Operations Office NASA/GSFC
SSEC Space Science and Engineering Center NESDIS,EOS
SSEOP Space Shuttle Earth Observations Project
SSFC Severe Storms Forecast Center (Kansas City, MO) NWS
SSIPS Satellite SST Image Processing System
SSM/I Special Sensor Microwave/Imager DMSP,EOS
SSM/T Special Sensor Microwave/Temperature DMSP,EOS
SSMC Silver Spring Metro Center NOAA
SSME Space Shuttle Main Engines NASA
SSMIS Special Sensor Microwave Imager Sounder
SSP Scientific Services and Product Development NODC
SSRIMFO Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries & Oceanography
SSS Sea Surface Salinity
SSST Sequential Sampling Sediment Trap
SST Sea Surface Temperature
SSTA Sea Surface Temperature Anomaly
SSU Stratospheric Sounding Unit NESDIS,EOS
SSV Space Shuttle Vehicle
STA Science & Technology Agency (Japan) EOS
STACS Subtropical Atlantic Climate Study
STCC South Tropical Counter Current TOPEX
STD Salinity-Temperature-Depth profiler
STDN Spacecraft Tracking and Data Network
STIKSCAT Six Stick fan-beam Scatterometer EOS
STMR Scanning (TOPEX) Microwave Radiometer TOPEX
STP NGDCs Solar-Terrestrial Physics division
STScI Space Telescope Science Institute
SUSCOS Subcommittee on U.S. Coastal Ocean Science
SUW Sub-tropical Underwater
SWADE Surface Wave Dynamics Experiment
SWAR Short Wave Absorbed Radiation
SWFSC Southwest Fisheries Science CenteR NMFS
SWG Science Working Group EOS
SWG Standards Working Group
SWIR Short Wavelength Infrared EOS
SWIRLS Stratospheric Wind Infrared Limb Sounder
SXI Solar X-Ray Imager
T/P TOPEX/POSEIDON (altimeter satellite) TOPEX
T/V Thermal/Vacuum
TABS Texas Automated Buoy System TAMU/GERG,CSC
TAEM Terman Approach Energy Management
TAG Trans-Atlantic Geotraverse
TAMU Texas A&M University TAMU
TAO Tropical Atmosphere-Ocean array (buoys) NDBC (orig. PMEL)
TAPS Trans-Alaska Pipeline Study
TAR Third Assessment Report
TBD to be determined
TBM Terabit Memory NESDIS
TBUS TIROS Bulletin United States NESDIS
TBW to be written
TCE Thermal Control Electronics
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol / Internet Protocol
TCS Thermal Control Systems
TDIF TOPEX Data Information Facility TOPEX
TDRS Tracking and Data Relay Satellite
TDRSS Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System NASA,EOS
TECU Total Electric Content Unit
TED Total Energy Detector
TED Turtle Excluder Device NMFS
TES Tropospheric Emission Spectrometer EOS
TESAC Temperature, Salinity and Current JODC
THIR Temperature-Humidity Infrared Radiometer CZCS
TIA Technical Implementation Agreement
TIP TIROS Information Processor NESDIS
TIROS Television Infrared Observation Satellite NESDIS,EOS
TIWE Tropical Instability Wave Experiment
TM Thematic Mapper (Landsat) NESDIS,EOS
TMAP Thermal Modeling and Analysis Project PMEL
TMR TOPEX Microwave Sounder TOPEX
TOA Top of Atmosphere
TOC Total Organic Carbon
TOGA Tropical Ocean/Global Atmosphere NESDIS,NODC
TOMS Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer
TOMS-EP Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer-Earth Probe
TOP The Ocean Project (an aquarium, zoo & science museum consortium)
TOPEX ocean TOPography EXperiment
TOS The Oceanography Society
TOS TIROS Operational Satellite NESDIS
TOVS TIROS Operational Vertical Satellite NESDIS
TRACKOB Report of Marine Surface Observations Along A Ship's Track IOC/WMO
TRANSPAC Thermal Structure Monitoring Program in the Pacific
TRED Taxonomic Resources and Expertise Directory
TRMM Technical Reference Manual
TRMM Tropical Rainfall Measurement Mission
TRR Test Readiness Reviw
TSDB Time Series DataBase NODC
TSN Taxonomic Serial Number NODC
TSS Total Suspended Solids
TTL Transistor-Transistor Logic
TTO Transient Tracers in the Ocean
TU Transport Units
TUD Technische Universiteit Delft (Delft University of Technology)
TWAIN Technology Without An Interesting Name
TWG Technical Working Group IPOMS
UARS Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite
UAT User Acceptance TEsting COAST
UBT Universal Bathythermograph
UCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
UCONN University of Connecticut
UCSD University of California, San Deigo
UEF User Ephemeris File
UFAS User Feedback and Survey NODC
UG Underwater Grasses
UH/WRRC Univ. of Hawaii Water Resources Research Center
UHF Ultra High Frequency
UHI University of Hawaii U. HAWAII
UKMO United Kingdom Meteorological Office
UkrSCES Ukrainian Scientific Centre of Ecology of the Sea
UNCED UN Conference on Environment & Development UN
UNCW University of North Carolina - Wilmington NURP
UNDP United Nations Development Programme UN
UNEP United Nations Environmental Programme UN
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UN
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UN
UNH University of New Hampshire UNH
UNIOC United Nations Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Project
UNOLS University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System
UOT Upper Ocean Thermal WOCE
URI/GSO University of Rhode Island/Graduate School of Oceanography URI/GSO
USACE US Army Corps of Engineers COE
USAID US Agency for International Development US AID
USCRN US Climate Reference Network NOAA
USDA US Department of Agriculture USDA
USF University of South Florida USF
USF&WS US Fish & Wildlife Service (US/DOI) USF&WS
USG User Services Group NODC
USGCRP US Global Change Research Program CEES,EOS
USGS US Geological Survey
USHCN US Historical Climatological Network
USM University of Southern Mississippi
USO Ultra Stable Oscillator
UTC coordinated Universal Time Code (Zulu or Greenwich Mean Time)
UUV Unmanned Underwater Vehicle
UV UltraViolet
UVI UltraViolet Imager
VAHB Vandenberg Air Force Base DOD
VCO Voltage Controlled Oscillator
VCP Voluntary Co-operation Programme
VCTC Velocity, Conductivity, Temperature, Density TOPEX
VHF Very High Frequency
VHRR Very High Resolution Radiometer NESDIS
VI Vegetation Index NESDIS
VIRR Visible and Infrared Radiometer NESDIS
VIRS Visible InfraRed Scanner NESDIS,EOS
VIRSR Visible InfraRed Scanning Radiometer EOS
VLBI Very Long Baseline Interferometry TOPEX
VNIR Visible and Near -InfraRed EOS
VNIRO Russian Research Institute of Fisheries and Oceanography
VOS Voluntary Observing Ships program NOAA
VPD Vacuum Photo Diode
VPN Virtual Private Networking
VPR Video Plankton Recorder
VRA VHF real-time antenna
VTC Video TeleConference
VTIR Visible and Thermal Infrared Radiometer EOS
VTPR Vertical Temperature Profile Radiometer
VTX VHF real-time transmitter
WAMEX West African Monsoon Experiment
WBD World Biodiversity Database
WBDCS Wide Band Data Collection System
WBS Work Breakdown Structure COAST
WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre UN,CORIS
WCRP World Climate Research Program EOS
WDC-A World Data Center-A NODC
WDC-A,B,C World Data Center - A,B or C
WDOE Washington State Department of Ecology
WEFAX Weather Facsimile NOAA
WEPOCS Western Equatorial Pacific Ocean Circulation Study
WESTRAX Western Tropical Atlantic Experiment
WFF Wallops Flight Facility NESDIS,EOS
WFO Weather Forecast Office NWS
WGMS World Glacier Monitoring Service
WHOI Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution NODC
WIT Web Information Team NODC
WMCC Western Maine Coastal Current
WMO World Meteorological Organization NODC
WOA World Ocean Atlas NODC
WOA94 World Ocean Atlas 1994 NODC
WOAF World Ocean Atlas Figures NODC
WOCE World Ocean Circulation Experiment WOCE,NODC
WOD World Ocean Database NODC
WOD-98 World Ocean Database 1998 NODC
WORM Write Once, Read Many
WPO West Pacific Oscillation
WR Western Range
WRCC Western Regional Climate Center NWS
WRRC Water Resources Research Center U. HAWAII
WSMC Western Space and Missle Center EOS
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
WWB World Weather Building NOAA
WWD West Wind Drift TOPEX
WWW World-Wide Web
wx Weather
XBT eXpendable Bathythermograph NODC
XCTD eXpendable Conductivity-Temperature-Depth profiler NODC
XIE X-ray Imaging Experiment
XML eXtensible Markup Language
X-SAR X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar EOS
XSU Cross-Strap Unit
XTE X-ray Timing Explorer
Y2K Year 2000
YOTO Year Of The Ocean
YugNIRO Southern Scientific Research Institute of Marine Fisheries & Oceanography
Z Zulu (Coordinated Universal Time or Greenwich Mean Time)
ZPOP oZone Product Advisory Panel NESDIS

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