National Ice Center, NOAA, U.S. Department of Commerce
Data Center Description
The National Ice Center (NIC) is a multi-agency operational center representing the Department of Defense (Navy), the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the Department of Homeland Security (Coast Guard). The NIC includes personnel from the National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (NESDIS) within NOAA. The Navy component within NIC is called the Naval Ice Center (NAVICECEN) and is a fourth echelon command reporting directly to the Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) at the Stennis Space Center, Mississippi. Both NAVICECEN and NAVOCEANO are part of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command, headquartered at the Stennis Space Center. The Commanding Officer of NAVICECEN also serves as the Director of the National Ice Center.
NIC's mission is to provide the highest quality operational global regional and tactical scale sea ice analyses and forecasts tailored to meet the requirements of U.S. national interests; and provide selected METOC services to specified DOD agencies in the Washington D.C. area.