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

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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sherida Wright, (301) 713-922 .

 

Background

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.

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    Name of product/data/publication/
           information/service              Current fee       New fee
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NOAA National Data Centers Standard User
 Fees:
    Department of Commerce Certification          $91.00          $86.00
    General Certification...............           74.00           72.00
    Paper Copy..........................            2.00            2.00
    Online In-Situ Digital Data.........            6.00             (*)
    Data Poster.........................           18.00           18.00
    Shipping Service
        for orders totaling less than               3.00            4.00
         $50.00.........................
        for orders totaling $50.00 or               3.00            4.00
         more...........................
    Rush Order Fee......................           60.00           60.00
    Super Rush Order Fee................          100.00          100.00
    Foreign Handling Fee
        for orders totaling less than              39.00           67.00
         $100.00........................
        for orders totaling $100.00 or             39.00           67.00
         more...........................
Additional National Climatic Data Center
 (NCDC) User Fees:
    NEXRAD Doppler Radar Color Prints...           17.00           14.00
    Paper Copy from Electronic Media....            6.00            6.00
    Offline In-Situ Digital Data........          156.00          124.00
    Microfilm Copy (roll to paper) per             14.00           14.00
     frame from existing film...........
    Satellite Image Product.............           83.00           73.00
    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           984.00          615.00
     Digital Data (average unit size is
     1 terabyte)
    Conventional CD-ROM/DVD.............           69.00           60.00
    Specialized CD-ROM/DVD..............          158.00          131.00
    CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Offline............           35.00           30.00
    CD-ROM/DVD Copy, Online Store.......           17.00           15.00
    Facsimile Service...................           80.00           78.00
    Order Handling......................            9.00            8.00
    Non-Digital Order Consultation......            7.00            6.00
    Digital Order Consultation..........           22.00           18.00
Additional National Oceanographic Data
 Center (NODC) User Fees:
    NODC Non-Serial Publications........           22.00           27.00
    NODC Non-Standard Data; Select/Copy            49.00           59.00
     to CD, DVD or Electronic Transfer,
     Specialized, Offline...............
    NODC Non-Standard Data; 1-1 Direct             19.00             (*)
     Copy to CD, DVD, or Electronic
     Transfer, Specialized, Offline.....
    NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-           7.00            9.00
     Shelf Products, Online.............
    NODC Digital and Non-Digital Off-the-           9.00           11.00
     Shelf Products, Offline............
    NODC Order Consultation Fee.........            2.00            2.00
    NODC Handling and Packing Fee.......            7.00            8.00
    World Ocean Database-World Ocean               11.00           11.00
     Atlas 2009 DVDs....................
Additional National Geophysical Data
 Center (NGDC) User Fees:
    Mini Poster.........................            1.00            1.00
    Icosahedron Globe...................             .50            1.00
    Convert Data to Standard Image......            5.00            6.00
    Single Orbit OLS....................           16.00           18.00
    Single Orbit OLS, Additional Orbits.            5.00            5.00
    Single Orbit OLS--Subset............           16.00           18.00
    Single Orbit OLS, Subset- Additional            5.00            5.00
     Orbits.............................
    Geolocated Data.....................           45.00           47.00
    Subset of Pre-existing Geolocated              27.00           28.00
     Data...............................
    Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights           73,614.00       74,032.00
     Annual Composite from One Satellite
    Most Recent DMSP-OLS Thermal Band/            250.00          259.00
     Cloud Cover Mosaics from Multiple
     Satellites.........................
    Nightly DMSP-OLS Mosaics, Visible             235.00          241.00
     and Thermal Band Data from One
     Satellite..........................
    Global DMSP-OLS Nighttime Lights            6,307.00        6,531.00
     Lunar Cycle Composite from One
     Satellite..........................
    Radiance Calibrated Global DMSP-OLS        81,047.00       82,975.00
     Nighttime Lights Annual Composite
     from One Satellite.................
    Research Data Series CD-ROM/DVD.....           25.00           25.00
    Custom Analog Plotter Prints........           60.00           60.00
    NOS Bathymetric Maps and                        7.00            7.00
     Miscellaneous Archived Publication
     Inventory..........................
    Global DMSP-OLS Annual Composite of         8,032.00        8,305.00
     Persistent Nighttime Lights on
     Monthly Increments from One
     Satellite..........................
    Data Poster.........................           18.00             (*)
    High Definition Geomagnetic Model...       19,997.00       20,060.00
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* Reflects a product no longer offered.