Climate Data Library
Most climate data is available to the public. This climate data library is a curated list of data resources gathered from across the web.
Monitoring the earth’s climate is the monumental task crucial to all efforts addressing the climate crisis. It involves hourly data collection by thousands of satellites and weather stations managed by many governmental and scientific organizations around the world. Scientists use this data to approximate past climate conditions as well as predict what the earth will be like in the future.
Atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gasses like carbon dioxide and methane, the rate and sources of greenhouse gas emissions, average land and ocean temperatures, relative and absolute sea level change, ocean pH levels, the extent of the cryosphere (Arctic sea ice and Greenland and Antarctic land ice), the frequency of extreme weather events, and seemingly countless other measurements over various time periods go into the job of observing what is happening under climate change.
Scroll through this page to explore some of the many entities producing and organizing climate data, and find links to download datasets of various climate indicators. This page is a work in progress and will be updated to include new information.
|National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
|US agency NOAA studies and monitors the natural world to provide information on typical climate conditions for thousands of locations across the United States.
|World Bank Climate Knowledge Portal (CCKP)
|The CCKP provides an online platform to access and analyze comprehensive data related to climate change and development. Climate data aggregations are currently offered at national, sub-national, and watershed scales.
|U.S. Drought Monitor
|The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced jointly by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Meteorologists and climatologists from the NDMC, NOAA and USDA take turns as the lead author of the map, usually two weeks a time. The Drought Monitor has been running since 1999.
|Climate Policy Initiative
|CPI is an analysis and advisory organization specializing in finance and policy. Their mission is to support governments, businesses, and financial institutions in driving economic growth while addressing climate change.
|Food and Agriculture Organization Corporate Statistical Database (FAOSTAT)
|The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations is an online, multilingual database currently containing over 1 million time-series records covering international statistics in: production, trade, food-balance sheets, food aid shipments, fertilizer and pesticides, land use and irrigation, forest and fishery products, agricultural machinery and population.
|Transportation-Related Greenhouse Gas Emissions
|The Bureau of Transportation generates these statistics using the EPA’s Inventory of U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Sinks, an annual report going back to 1990.
|United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
|A launch page for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) most popular data sets, and access to exploration tools.
|Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
|The World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme established the IPCC in 1988. The goal of the IPCC is to advance scientific knowledge about climate change caused by human activities. The IPCC is known for its climate models, which are used to simulate conditions on Earth under future climate scenarios. The DDC provides links to data used in the climate models.
|National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Institute for Space Studies
|NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) is a laboratory in the Earth Sciences Division (ESD) of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The ESD is part of GSFC’s Sciences and Exploration Directorate.
|This report presents PM2.5 air quality data from 7,323 cities across 131 countries, regions, and territories. The data used in this report was aggregated from over 30,000 regulatory air quality monitoring stations and low-cost air quality sensors.