ESRL Earth System Research Laboratory

ESSAAC Earth System Science and Applications Advisory Committee

ESRL Earth Systems Research Laboratory

ENSO El Niño-Southern Oscillation

ECMWF European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasts

FGDC Federal Geographic Data Committee

FTP File Transfer Protocol

GIS Geographic Information System

GOES Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite

GCOS Global Climate Observing System

GEO-IDE Global Earth Observation Integrated Data Environment

GEOSS Global Earth Observing System of Systems

GEO Group on Earth Observations

IOOS Integrated Ocean Observing System

ICSU International Council for Science

IHO International Hydrographic Organization

IOC International Oceanographic Commission

IP Internet protocol

MOU Memorandum of Understanding

MSU Microwave Sounding Unit

MODIS Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer

MODAPS MODIS Adaptive Processing System

NAO NOAA Administrative Order

NARA National Archives and Records Administration

NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research

NCEP National Centers for Environmental Prediction

NCDC National Climatic Data Center

NESDIS National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service

NGDC National Geophysical Data Center

NIDIS National Integrated Drought Information System

NOAA National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NODC National Oceanographic Data Center

NOMADS National Operations Model Archive Distribution System

NPOESS National Polar Orbiting Environmental Satellite System

NSF National Science Foundation

NSIDC National Snow and Ice Data Center

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