NASA Center for Climate Simulation: Data Supporting Science
Debuting in spring 2010, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the new name for a Goddard Space Flight Center organization that has provided supercomputing resources to NASA scientists and engineers for over 25 years. This science is carried out by hundreds of NCCS users from Goddard, other NASA centers, laboratories, and universities across the U.S. The two largest user groups are Goddard's Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO), and the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS).
Data assimilation and other techniques create the right starting conditions for simulating physical processes around the Earth. In predicting future conditions, climate models generate data much like the observations: temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction, precipitation, and other values.