North Dakota State Climate Office
The mission of the North Dakota State Climate Office (NDSCO) is to advance the use of climate information for the economic and environmental benefit of North Dakota and the public safety of its citizens, through climate monitoring, research, education, and extension and information services. The NDSCO provides the public with a multitude of resources on weather data, weather data summaries, climate summaries, and climate reports. The climate summaries and reports provided use data collected by the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network and the National Weather Service. The office also provides the public with application models for a variety of agricultural crops. This service is highly regarded since the largest sector of North Dakota's economy is production agriculture, making up 25% of the economic base.
State Climate Offices are an integral component of the National Climate Service Partnership, which also includes NOAA's National Climatic Data Center and six Regional Climate Centers (RCCs). State climate offices recognized by the American Association of State Climatologists (AASC) work closely with one another, and with the regional and national counterparts, to provide climate data and services at the local level. Specifically, AASC recognized state climate offices (or ARSCOs) provide one or more of the following services:
1) Coordinate and collect weather observations for the purpose of climate monitoring; 2) Summarize and disseminate weather and climate information to the user community; 3) Demonstrate to the user community the value of climate information in the decision making process; 4) Perform climate impact assessments and weather event evaluations; 5) Conduct climate research, diagnosis, and projections.
The North Dakota State Climate Office is recognized by the AASC.
Phone: (701) 231-6577
- National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)
- North Dakota State University
- American Association of State Climatologists (AASC)