data record as well as full and open data exchange and access. Distribution must encompass multiple electronic paths and a variety of media. Data must be available in formats appropriate for a variety of uses, including geospatial and socio-economic applications.
Life cycle data management from initial planning, through development and implementation is needed. This must involve cooperation among researchers, data and archive managers, data collectors, and primary users. To assist in making decisions on data stewardship in a resource constrained environment, a process should be established for the science assessment of the long-term potential of data and data products.
Given the large satellite data volumes, it is critical that the NOAA infrastructure provide tools to enable the user to do spatial and temporal searches and arbitrary subsetting. Levels of service must be determined and implemented in the design of the system infrastructure. Preserving complete documentation along with the data is of absolute importance for successful reprocessing of archived data to produce improved or new geophysical products. The use of CDRs by policy makers, resource managers, educators, and planners will require the NOAA CDR system to provide them with the capability for deriving high-level information products from the CDRs.