Freely available climate and climate-related data is essential to catalyze the changes in policies, investments and technologies that will be needed if we are to move towards a climate-smart future.

Key Resources

Climate Change Knowledge Portal

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The Climate Change Knowledge Portal is a central hub of information, data and reports about climate change around the world. With this portal you can query, map, compare, chart and summarize key climate and climate-related information.

Open data: all of the climate data featured on the Climate Change Knowledge Portal has been published as open data resources. Check out:

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Data featured on the recently launched Climate Change Knowledge Portal will be posted as freely downloadable files by December 2nd, covering:

  • Monthly average temperature and precipitation values for 1961-1990 for countries and major water basins.
  • Projected temperature and precipitation changes for 2020-2040, 2041-2060, 2061-2080 and 2081-2100, by country.

Some of these indicators will also be available as map layers, or via an application programming interface (API).

Climate For Development

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Climate For Development is a map-based micro-site that illustrates the links between climate change and development. The data used on Climate For Development may be downloaded directly from the site or as map layers via the MapBox API. Temperature and precipitation data are also available in shapefile format.

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Open Climate Data

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The World Bank provides free and open access to a comprehensive set of data about development in countries around the globe, together with other datasets cited in the data catalog. The Open Data Catalog is a listing of available World Bank datasets, including databases, pre-formatted tables and reports.

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Open Data Topic page

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Data cover climate systems, exposure to climate impacts, resilience, greenhouse gas emissions, and energy use. Other indicators relevant to climate change are found under other data pages, particularly Environment, Agriculture & Rural Development, Energy & Mining, Health, Infrastructure, Poverty, and Urban Development.

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More Resources

  • Haiti Data. facilitates open access to Haiti-related geo-spatial information, data and knowledge sources, encouraging others to share and use them for the development of Haiti. The data can be used for many purposes: establishing baseline data, conducting risk assessments, planning, project monitoring, and tracking progress.

  • Open Data for the Horn. Open Data for the Horn facilitates open access to geospatial information, data and knowledge sources, about the ongoing response to the drought in the Horn of Africa. Open Data for the Horn is a project of the Open Data for Resilience Initiative, a global partnership that seeks to build data sharing programs along with the capacity and tools to use data to make more informed decisions, that is working on implementation in 25 countries.

  • Geo-Data Portal, UNEP. The GEO Data Portal is the authoritative source for datasets used by UNEP and its partners in the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report and other integrated environment assessments. Its online database holds more than 500 different variables, as national, subregional, regional and global statistics or as geospatial datasets.

  • Apps For Development. The Apps For Development competition launched in 2010 included an extensive list of data sources relevant to the Millennium Development Goals, many of which are also relevant to development and climate change.

  • Climate Analysis Indicators Tool, World Resources Institute (CAIT). CAIT provides a comprehensive and comparable database of greenhouse gas emissions data (including all major sources and sinks) and other climate-relevant indicators.

  • Carbon Dioxide Information and Analysis Centre. The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center (CDIAC) is the primary climate-change data and information analysis center of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

  • EM-DAT International Disaster Database. In addition to providing information on the human impact of disasters, such as the number of people killed, injured or affected, EM-DAT provides disaster-related economic damage estimates and disaster-specific international aid contributions.

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