Cloud Access to Provisional GOES-18 Data now available through NOAA Open Data Dissemination (NODD) Program

GOES-18 image of the ABI’s 16 channels

This GOES-18 image shows the contiguous United States observed by each of the ABI’s 16 channels on May 5, 2022. This 16-panel image shows the ABI’s two visible, four near-infrared and 10 infrared channels. The visible and near-IR bands are gray-colored, while the infrared bands have the warmer brightness temperatures mapped to warmer colors. The different appearance of each band is due to how each band reflects or absorbs radiation. Each spectral band was scanned at approximately the same time, starting at 18 UTC. (Image credit: NOAA GOES-R)


NOAA Open Data Dissemination (NODD) provides near real-time access to GOES-R data via cloud partners Google, Microsoft and Amazon. With the launch of NOAA’s newest weather satellite GOES-T on March 1, 2022, now renamed GOES-18, NODD will offer GOES-18 data and continue to make available the GOES-16/17 data offerings.  

GOES-18 ABI Level 1b (L1b) Radiances and Level 2 (L2) Cloud and Moisture Imagery (CMI) will be made available starting July 28, 2022  when the data have been certified Provisional maturity, or ready for operational use. Current plans for public and cloud availability of the entire GOES-18 product portfolio to the public is targeted for early 2023. Additional products will be made available as they reach Provisional maturity.

Another benefit of serving the GOES-18 ABI L1b and L2 CMI is that these data will be in an interleave configuration starting August 1, 2022 where they will be distributed operationally via multiple distribution mechanisms to mitigate the degradation seen in some GOES-17 ABI bands due to the Loop Heat Pipe anomaly. There are two periods of interleave this year: 1 August to 6 September and 15 October to 11 November, 2022.

NODD will make the GOES-18 ABI L1b and CMI data accessible through the three NODD cloud platforms in near real-time for public access and free egress. As with all GOES satellites, L1b and L2+ GOES-18 products will be archived in the NOAA Comprehensive Large Array-Data Stewardship System (CLASS)

Product documentation and additional materials are available at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satellite Information System (NOAASIS) website.

Users should note that imagery from GOES-18 during the post-launch testing phase should be considered preliminary and non-operational.


GOES-18, and other GOES-R data, can be accessed via the NODD cloud partners at the following locations:

Amazon Web Services: Registry of Open Data Landing Page offsite link or directly in the GOES-18 Bucket offsite link
Microsoft Azure: offsite link or via Microsoft Planetary Computer offsite link
Google Cloud Marketplace: offsite link


We invite users to read more about the GOES-T Satellite and GOES-18 data and imagery by visiting the NOAA NESDIS website and the NESDIS News and Events page.


If you have any questions about GOES-18 data use and policy, please reach out to,, or
For questions regarding cloud access to GOES-R, including the new GOES-18 data, please email the NODD Team at