Water and Climate Program
Products and Services Briefing Book
The NRCS Field Office is the target for the delivery of climate, snow
survey, and water supply forecast related products. Through state office
specialists (Climate Data Liaisons, Water Supply Specialists, and Data
Collection Office staffs), field office and state office personnel are
provided with training and materials to meet the needs of their customers.
Centralized Forecasting System (CFS)
The Snow Survey and Water Supply Forecasting Program has a Centralized
Forecasting System (CFS), which is automated for handling information
related to water supply forecasting such as streamflow, precipitation,
snow depth and snow water equivalent, and reservoir data. These data are
available for the current water year (October 1 through September 30) and
for historical water years. Numerous routines and interactive programs for
manipulating water supply data are included in utility programs within CFS.
These are mainly intended to aid in applying Snow Survey and Water Supply
Forecasting Program information for conservation in the field.
CDBS Menu System
The Climatic Data Access Network (CDAN) was established to facilitate the
distribution of climatic data and interpretations to NRCS field offices. A
menu system supports the Network by providing a consistent interface to
the Centralized Database System (CDBS), a national database which houses
the basic climatic data needed for interpretation and delivery. The menu
system is called the CDBS Menu system because its main function is to
provide direct interaction with CDBS. The CDBS Menu system also supports
utility functions, help, and an exit from the system.
Climate, snow survey and water supply forecasting products and services
are currently available to those customers with Internet access in several
Both the Centralized Forecasting System and the CDBS Menu System are
now available using TELNET software. Customers now have the capability to
log on to these systems, perform geographic station searches within the
database, analyze data, and create and view products/files for downloading
using FTP (File Transfer Protocol) via their Internet connection. The
Internet address to both systems is wcc.nrcs.usda.gov.
Numerous products are available across the Internet through the
National Water and Climate Center (NWCC) Home Page and Anonymous FTP
The address to the NWCC Home Page is: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/
The address to the Anonymous FTP server is: http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/ftpref
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