What is Synoptic?

Synoptic provides a one-stop data hub for environmental data. We aggregate, quality control, and make available tens of millions of geophysical observations and measurements via our API daily.

How does it work? 

Synoptic works directly with both public and private data owners to aggregate geophysical data from hundreds of sources into a single database. We then make that data available to users for use in their day-to-day operations, scientific research, or the development of new and exciting applications.

How are the data delivered?

Synoptic delivers data using multiple widely-accepted formats, protocols, and tools. The most robust is our Mesonet API, which provides users with continuous, tailored access to all available data and metadata. Synoptic also offers streaming data services through our Alert and Push API as well as simple web downloads for more casual data users.

What data are available?

We currently aggregate data for over 120 parameters and 75,000 individual observing stations (both historical and real-time). Synoptic is designed to support data measured by any geophysical sensor anywhere in the world.  Our initial efforts have been focused on meteorological, oceanographic, and hydrological observations.  In the near future, we will be expanding the types and amounts of observation data collected, as well as beginning the handling and distribution of imagery.and model output datasets.

What are the benefits of using Synoptic?

Accessing needed data is often difficult, expensive, and time consuming. Decision makers and operators inherently understand the benefits of understanding the environment they work in.  Deploying your own sensors into often-hostile environments takes tremendous effort and expense.  Even accessing someone else's sensors is challenging and resource intensive, requiring independent data discover, transmission, storage, and QC. That's the beauty of Synoptic - we discover, process, and serve the data for you, letting you focus on the data and its impact on your operations.

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