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Schedule of Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services

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National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service (NESDIS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce.


Final rule.


In this final rule, NESDIS establishes a new schedule of fees for the sale of its data, information, and related products and services to users. NESDIS is revising the fee schedule to ensure that the fees accurately reflect the costs of providing access to the environmental data, information, and related products and services. NESDIS is authorized under 15 U.S.C. 1534 to assess fees, up to fair market value, for access to environmental data, information, and products derived from, collected, and/or archived by NOAA. Other than depreciation, costs to upgrade computer hardware and software systems will not be included in the fees charged to users.


Effective Date: February 28, 2011.

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Angel Robinson (301) 713-9230 ext 186.

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NESDIS operates NOAA's National Data Centers for Climate, Geophysics, Oceans, and Coasts. Through these Data Centers, NESDIS provides and ensures timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources, provides information services, and develops science products.

NESDIS maintains some 1,300 data bases containing over 2,400 environmental variables at three National Data Centers and seven World Data Centers. These centers respond to over 2,000,000 requests for these data and products annually from over 70 countries. This collection of environmental data and products is growing exponentially, both in size and sophistication.

Users have the ability to access the data offline, online and through the NESDIS.

e-Commerce System (NeS) online store. Our ability to provide these data, information, products and services depends on user fees.

New Fee Schedule

The new fee schedule lists both the current fee charged for each item and the new fee to be charged to users that will take effect beginning February 1, 2011. The schedule applies to the listed services provided by NESDIS on or after this date, except for products and services covered by a subscription agreement in effect as of this date that extends beyond this date. In those cases, the increased fees will apply upon renewal of the subscription agreement or at the earliest amendment date provided by the agreement.

NESDIS will continue to review the user fees periodically, and will revise such fees as necessary. Any future changes in the user fees and their effective date will be announced through notice in the Federal Register.


This rule has been determined to be not significant for purposes of E.O. 12866. The provisions of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553) requiring notice of proposed rulemaking and the opportunity for public participation are inapplicable because this rule falls within the proprietary exception of subparagraph (a)(2) of section 553. Further, no other law requires that a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment be given for this rule. Because a notice of proposed rulemaking and an opportunity for public comment are not required to be given for this rule under 5 U.S.C. 553 or by any other law, the requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are not applicable.

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List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 950

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Michael H. Abreu,

Chief, Financial Officer (CFO/CAO).

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For the reasons set forth above,

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1. The authority citation for part 950 continues to read as follows:

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Authority: (5 U.S.C. 552, 553). Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970.

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2. Appendix A to Part 950 is revised to read as follows:

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Appendix A to Part 950—Schedule of User Fees for Access to NOAA Environmental Data

Name of product/data/publication/information/serviceCurrent feeNew fee
NOAA National Data Centers Standard User Fees:
Department of Commerce Certification$85.00$91.00
General Certification68.0074.00
Paper Copy2.002.00
Online In-Situ Digital Data6.006.00
Data Poster18.0018.00
Shipping Service
for orders totaling less than $
for orders totaling $50.00 or more3.003.00
Rush Order Fee60.0060.00
Super Rush Order Fee100.00100.00
Foreign Handling Fee
for orders totaling less than $100.0022.0039.00
for orders totaling $100.00 or more22.0039.00
Additional National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) User Fees:
NEXRAD Doppler Radar Color Prints18.0017.00
Paper Copy from Electronic Media6.006.00
Offline In-Situ Digital Data164.00156.00
Microfilm Copy (roll to paper) per frame from existing film13.0014.00
Satellite Image Product82.0083.00
Offline Satellite Digital Data (average unit size is 1.2 gigabytes)
Offline Radar Digital Data (Level II) (average unit size is 4 gigabytes)
Offline Satellite, Radar, and Model Digital Data (average unit size is 1 terabyte)996.00984.00
Conventional CD-ROM/DVD74.0069.00
Specialized CD-ROM/DVD165.00158.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Offline35.0035.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Online Store17.0017.00
Facsimile Service80.0080.00
Order Handling*9.00
Non-Digital Order Consultation*7.00
Digital Order Consultation*22.00
Additional National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) User Fees:
NODC Non-Serial Publications20.0022.00
NODC Non-Standard Data; Select/Copy to CD, DVD or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline42.0049.00
NODC Non-Standard Data; 1-1 Direct Copy to CD, DVD, or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline19.0019.00
NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Online4.004.00
NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Offline6.009.00
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NODC Order Consultation Fee*2.00
NODC Handling and Packing Fee*7.00
World Ocean Database-World Ocean Atlas 2009 DVDs*11.00
Additional National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) User Fees:
Mini Poster1.001.00
Icosahedron Globe3.00.50
Convert Data to Standard Image5.005.00
Single Orbit OLS16.0016.00
Single Orbit OLS, Additional Orbits5.005.00
Single Orbit OLS—Subset16.0016.00
Single Orbit OLS, Subset—Additional Orbits5.005.00
Geolocated Data43.0045.00
Subset of Pre-existing Geolocated Data26.0027.00
Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite70,140.0073,614.00
Most Recent DMSP-OLS Thermal Band/Cloud Cover Mosaics from Multiple Satellites238.00250.00
Nightly DMSP-OLS Mosaics, Visible and Thermal Band Data from One Satellite223.00235.00
Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Lunar Cycle Composite from One Satellite6,020.006,307.00
Radiance Calibrated Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite77,177.0081,047.00
Research Data Series CD-ROM/DVD25.0025.00
Custom Analog Plotter Prints60.0060.00
NOS Bathymetric Maps and Miscellaneous Archived Publication Inventory7.007.00
Global DMSP-OLS Annual Composite of Persistent Nighttime Lights on Monthly Increments from One Satellite7,665.008,032.00
Data Poster*18.00
High Definition Geomagnetic Model*19,997.00
* Reflects a new product not previously offered
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