The general definition for metadata is "data about data." Metadata is what helps us understand the data. It represents the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the data. Metadata records include library catalog elements such as title, abstract, and publication data; geographic elements such as geographic extent and projection information; and database elements such as attribute label definitions and attribute domain values. The links below provide metadata information about NCDC’s data holdings and include elements such as siting, elevation, latitude, longitude, and equipment type for various weather and climate stations as well as dataset station listings and dataset inventories.
HOMR (Historical Observing Metadata Repository)
NCDC's integrated station history database that provides land-based (in situ) metadata in support of NCDC research, reporting, data products, and web applications.
Surface Station Listings
This page provides quick access to NCDC station listings.