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The NOAA National Calibration Center (NCC), established under the Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR), facilitates improved accuracy of NOAA's weather, climate, and ocean models through sharing of technical practices for fine tuning remotely-sensed data from environmental satellites among different programs and agencies. The NCC's mission is to provide common standards and methodology for the user community as well as encourage communication through a centralized Calibration Knowledge Base. This practice provides support to NOAA's satellite programs by enforcing stricter and more widespread quality control on satellite data from the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), which will improve efficiency and reduce costs as the community strives to meet the growing needs for high quality satellite data.

The NCC near-term priority is to provide critical support to the calibration/validation of the Suomi NPP/J1/J2 Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS), and GOES-R Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), in collaboration and partnership with NASA, NIST, Cooperative Institutes, The Aerospace Corporation,
MIT/Lincoln Lab., private industry, and other organizations.