Open Climate Data

Making climate data accessible as a step toward addressing climate change.

If we want to solve the world’s most pressing problems, the knowledge about those problems must be open. Climate change, and the resulting harm to our global biodiversity, has been one of the world’s most pressing problems for decades.

Creative Commons launched the Open Climate Data project in Spring 2023 to facilitate the opening and sharing of large climate datasets and climate data models available around the world.

About the Project

Climate data that is open, accessible, and easy to use is critical for those that want to find it, read it and build on it in order to address climate change. Our goal is to provide comprehensive and transparent guidance in response to the question “What am I allowed do with this climate data?” for scientists, researchers, policymakers, educators, civil society organizations, advocates, journalists and others working to understand and address climate change.

Alongside climate data publishers from governments, academia, nonprofits, and companies around the world, we are collectively creating a community standard for sharing climate data. This community standard will guide new and existing climate data providers toward good practices, across multiple factors, for sharing their climate data broadly.

This work is in addition to our Open Climate Campaign (with our partners SPARC and EIFL) which is focussed on opening up research and research data on climate change.

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