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Earth System Informatics and Data Discovery

Advancing Earth system science through data delivery and tools

The Earth System Informatics and Data Discovery Section advances next-generation computational and data analytics that enable scientists to understand ecosystems and their representation in numerical models. Research and technical staff collaborate to provide integrated data products, data management and delivery systems and services to facilitate scientific discovery in the environmental sciences.

The Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Data Center provides cutting-edge computing capabilities and observational and modeling data about atmospheric phenomena to scientists worldwide. The data center is part of the ARM user facility, a DOE Office of Science user facility managed and operated through a collaborative effort led by nine DOE national laboratories.

The section is also home to the NASA-funded ORNL Distributed Active Archive Center (ORNL DAAC), one of the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) data centers responsible for managing and providing open access to data from NASA's Earth Science Missions. The ORNL DAAC is responsible for data archival, product development and distribution, and user support for NASA’s biogeochemical and ecological data and models.