Climate Data in CEDA Archives

CEDA hold a wide range of climate observation and climate model data. This article will hopefully direct most people to relevant data that we hold and a few hints and tips along the way. However, if you still can't find the data that you need, please free to get in touch and we'll do what we can to assist.

Climate Observational Data

The Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia  CRU data is an extremely popular high resolution gridded observational climate record. The CRU TS (time-series) data provide month-by-month variations in climate over the last century and the CRU CY data consists of country averages at a monthly, seasonal and annual frequency. Variables within these datasets include cloud cover, diurnal temperature range, frost day frequency, precipitation, daily mean temperature, monthly average daily maximum temperature, vapour pressure, Potential Evapo-transpiration and wet day frequency. 

The Met Office Hadley Centre (MOHC) provides a number of observational climate records that are available from CEDA including the Central England Temperature ( CET) record, the Hadley Centre Global sea-Ice coverage and Sea Surface Temperature (HadISST1.1) and a gridded dataset of global historical surface temperature anomalies (HadCRUT4) to name a few. A full list of available datasets can be found here: MOHC climate observational data.

Climate Model Data

The  World Climate Research Programme's ( WCRP) has coordinated a number of iterations of the Coupled Model Intercomparison (CMIP) Projects. Within the CMIP program leading climate modelling centres around the world performed a set of pre-defined experiments. The climate model output from the simulations of the past, present and future climate is collected and distributed to institutes and individuals outside of the major modelling centres. This allows scientists to perform research of relevance to climate science for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) assessment reports. Currently at CEDA data is available for: 

  • CMIP3 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 3) performed during the years 2005 and 2006 and informed the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4).
  • CMIP5 (Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5) performed during the years 2009 and 2012 and informed the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR5).
  • Data for the Phase 6 CMIP6 will be becoming available between 2017-2019

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