Data Sets - Environment
Data Set Sources by Subject - Environmental
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- These links contain downloadable data sets. The data sets may be available in a variety of formats.
- Note: scientific data sets tend to be large, are usually zipped, and may require Unix/Linux to open and use.
- *Site names preceded by an asterisk (*) represent archives and depositories where you may be able to deposit your own research data.
For more Science Data:
See here for links to data repositories in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, and Physics.
See also the Geospatial Data Sets page
CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center)
- Global change data and Information products by subject; see also CDIAC's Data Search.
Community Data Portal (NCAR/UCAR)
- Climate and weather datasets and visualization software from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
- A variety of downloadable climate datasets from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change; also models and visualizations. You may be asked to register before downloading.
- Climate (and climate-related) datasets from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.
- A variety of climatic data are available from this site; not all datasets are available for downloading online (but many are), and not all are free.
Trends Online: A compendium of data on global change
- Frequently used global-change data from CDIAC (trace gas concentrations, CO2 emissions, methane emissions, temperature, and cloud records).
- A collection of scientific (mainly ecological) datasets of various types, made available by the Mann Library at Cornell. Datasets are downloadable from the Cornell eCommons or Geospatial Information Repository (CUGIR), generally as zipped files.
- An international repository of data underlying peer-reviewed articles in the basic and applied biosciences. Variety of formats.
DOE Data Explorer (DDE)
- Helps you find publicly-available scientific research data for which DOE has provided all or some portion of the funding. Includes numerical and graphical data, multimedia, and more. It is also a downloadable and installable widget.
- Select a "Source" or "Topic", then click on the Data tab. Many tables available in Excel format. Includes information on energy (including alternative and renewable) prices, production, and consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and more.
- Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) "will ensure the preservation, access, use and reuse of multi-scale, multi-discipline, and multi-national science data via three primary cyberinfrastucture elements and a broad education and outreach program." See the Investigator Toolkit, which includes a data Search Tool, and other tools for using and contributing data.
- A NASA center with holdings of atmospheric, land surface, and sun-earth interactions data.
- Provides free public access to data collected throughout the global oceans. You can use their data portals and tools or search directly for datasets in a variety of formats in zipped downloadable files.
- A NOAA center for marine environmental data and information. These data include physical, biological and chemical measurements derived from in situ oceanographic observations, satellite remote sensing of the oceans, and ocean model simulations.
Soil Data Mart (from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service)
- Allows you to determine where tabular and spatial data is available and download data for one survey area at a time.