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Climatological Data Resources: Climate & Weather Data

Best sources for finding Literature and Data in Climatology and Meteorology

The home of the U.S. Government’s open data

Here you will find data, tools, and resources to conduct research, develop web and mobile applications, design data visualizations, and more.

More specifically:

GFDL - Local Resource

The Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is located on the Forrestal Campus of Princeton University.

GFDL works closely with Princeton and Columbia Universities, but is a branch of NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Public Data Files from their Data Portal page:

Climatological data & time series

Online resources:

I.  National Climate Data Center  (NCDC) of the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration (NOAA)

II.  National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service (NESDIS)

         Data and information for Climate, Geophysics, Ocean,  and Coastal

III.  National Center for Atmospheric Research  (NCAR)

           Data from the Atmosphere and Beyond

"NCAR fosters scientific research by providing the scientific community with timely, easy-to-access data collections. Data sets include information collected from research facilities and tools, as well as information from climate and weather models created and compiled by NCAR scientists and those in our science community."  From the "Data Sets" page.

IV.  Create a monthly or seasonal time series of climate variables at NOAA's CDC.

V.   ORNL DAAC Data Catalog (holdings), Distributed Active Archive Center for biogeochemical dynamics, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  All data sets are free.  A semiannual newsletter announces the latest data sets relevant to climate change.

VI.   CLIMOD Northeast Regional Climate Center at Cornell.  Available mainly by subscription, because its purpose is: CLimate Information for Management and Operational Decisions

VII.  IRI/LDEO Climate Data Library  (International Research Institute for Climate Prediction) at Columbia

VIII.   Earth System Research Laboratory -- Physical Sciences Division

IX.   National Snow and Ice Data Center

X.   Global Change Master Directory  NOAA Earth Science data and Services

XI.  IPCC Data Distribution Center  Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

XII.  Example of State data resource:, Rainfall Atlas of Hawaii.

XIII. Use ProjectAlert to keep up with USGS scientists as they respond to floods, droughts, and chemical spills, found at Media Advisory

In Sum:   Locating Climate and Weather Data and Information -- a great page from NOAA Research


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