NOAA awards climate contract to STG

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials awarded a five-year, $25 million blanket purchase agreement to STG to continue information technology operations and maintenance of the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).

STG, which is based in Reston, Va., will essentially provide mission support to NCDC, which is the world’s largest active archive of weather data. The company held the previous five-year contract, which was valued at $15.9 million.

“We are involved in almost everything the NCDC does, which is, ingest, process, archive and provide access to data coming in from a variety of sources,” Loretta Changery, STG program director for the contract, wrote in an e-mail message.

“We handle some basic data center operations functions for the NCDC in the 24/7 monitoring of its computer systems and processes,” she added. “We also provide network security, systems administration, help-desk [support] and NOAA [continuity of operations] coordination.”

She wrote that NCDC currently uses about four terabytes of data per week, but that number is projected to “skyrocket” in the next five to seven years. Although STG’s 65 IT professionals and scientists working at the center will still provide basic IT services, she wrote that they are also moving toward providing more scientific and data analyses.

For example, last year NOAA and STG officials developed an application called the Next Generation Weather Radar system that will allow the governmental, scientific and academic communities and some unskilled users to browse and view radar data more easily.

Changery wrote that STG scientists are also helping NCDC officials with daily, weekly and annual climate monitoring updates, climate data modernization, quality assurance, Web development, metadata documentation, 3-D data visualization and programming support for remote sensing applications, among other services.

Featured

  • Comment
    Pilot Class. The author and Barbie Flowers are first row third and second from right, respectively.

    How VA is disrupting tech delivery

    A former Digital Service specialist at the Department of Veterans Affairs explains efforts to transition government from a legacy "project" approach to a more user-centered "product" method.

  • Cloud
    cloud migration

    DHS cloud push comes with complications

    A pressing data center closure schedule and an ensuing scramble to move applications means that some Homeland Security components might need more than one hop to get to the cloud.

  • Comment
    Blue Signage and logo of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

    Doing digital differently at VA

    The Department of Veterans Affairs CIO explains why digital transformation is not optional.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.