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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 that has been in effect since 2011 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. NESDIS is updating its schedule of fees for access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services as costs of providing access have changed since 2011.


Effective Date: January 31, 2013.


Sherida Wright, (301) 713-922 .



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 rapidly, both in size and sophistication, and as a result the associated costs have increased.

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 January 31, 2013. 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 public property exception of subparagraph (a)(2) of section 553, as it is limited only to the assessment of fees, per 15 U.S.C. 1534, that accurately reflect the costs of providing access to publicly available environmental data, information, and related products. 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. Accordingly, no Regulatory Flexibility Analysis is required and none has been prepared.

List of Subjects in 15 CFR Part 950

Michael H. Abreu,

Chief, Financial Officer (CFO/CAO).

For the reasons set forth above, 15 CFR part 950 is amended as follows:


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

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

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

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$91.00$86.00
General Certification74.0072.00
Paper Copy2.002.00
Online In-Situ Digital Data6.00(*)
Data Poster18.0018.00
Shipping Service
for orders totaling less than $
for orders totaling $50.00 or more3.004.00
Rush Order Fee60.0060.00
Super Rush Order Fee100.00100.00
Foreign Handling Fee
for orders totaling less than $100.0039.0067.00
for orders totaling $100.00 or more39.0067.00
Additional National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) User Fees:
NEXRAD Doppler Radar Color Prints17.0014.00
Paper Copy from Electronic Media6.006.00
Offline In-Situ Digital Data156.00124.00
Microfilm Copy (roll to paper) per frame from existing film14.0014.00
Satellite Image Product83.0073.00
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)984.00615.00
Conventional CD-ROM/DVD69.0060.00
Specialized CD-ROM/DVD158.00131.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Offline35.0030.00
CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Online Store17.0015.00
Facsimile Service80.0078.00
Order Handling9.008.00
Non-Digital Order Consultation7.006.00
Digital Order Consultation22.0018.00
Additional National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) User Fees:
NODC Non-Serial Publications22.0027.00
NODC Non-Standard Data; Select/Copy to CD, DVD or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline49.0059.00
NODC Non-Standard Data; 1-1 Direct Copy to CD, DVD, or Electronic Transfer, Specialized, Offline19.00(*)
NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Online7.009.00
NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-Shelf Products, Offline9.0011.00
NODC Order Consultation Fee2.002.00
NODC Handling and Packing Fee7.008.00
World Ocean Database-World Ocean Atlas 2009 DVDs11.0011.00
Additional National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC) User Fees:
Mini Poster1.001.00
Icosahedron Globe.501.00
Convert Data to Standard Image5.006.00
Single Orbit OLS16.0018.00
Single Orbit OLS, Additional Orbits5.005.00
Single Orbit OLS—Subset16.0018.00
Single Orbit OLS, Subset- Additional Orbits5.005.00
Geolocated Data45.0047.00
Subset of Pre-existing Geolocated Data27.0028.00
Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite73,614.0074,032.00
Most Recent DMSP-OLS Thermal Band/Cloud Cover Mosaics from Multiple Satellites250.00259.00
Nightly DMSP-OLS Mosaics, Visible and Thermal Band Data from One Satellite235.00241.00
Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Lunar Cycle Composite from One Satellite6,307.006,531.00
Radiance Calibrated Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights Annual Composite from One Satellite81,047.0082,975.00
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 Satellite8,032.008,305.00
Data Poster18.00(*)
High Definition Geomagnetic Model19,997.0020,060.00
* Reflects a product no longer offered.

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