Asheville Center Will Play Role In Warming Debate

A federal data center in North Carolina's mountains expects to provide information as the debate over global warming and what to do about it moves forward.

Officials say the information gathered by the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville will help scientists and policy makers deal with global warming. Scientists at the center helped write a United Nations-sponsored report on warming.

Already, data at the center shows that last year was the warmest on record in the nation and that January 2007 was the warmest January in the world.

The center has 177 full-time federal employees who work with 150 years of data. The equivalent of 72 million pages is added to the database daily, which consists of 320 million paper records as well as millions of digital and microfiche records.