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ForestGEO Climate Data Portal


About this repository

This public repository is a portal for climate data and information for ForestGEO sites. It serves two primary functions:

  1. To act as a DIRECTORY that identifies what types of climate data exist for ForestGEO sites and where you can access those data. In some cases individual sites may have README files describing the best available sources of climate data (for example, SCBI).

  2. To provide you with DIRECT ACCESS to climate and other environmental data for ForestGEO sites. We host data from two types of sources:

    • meteorological stations on/nearby ForestGEO sites with data that are not readily available through other public repositories. The data from these meteorological stations include includes raw data products as well as cleaned/gap-filled data sets (based on raw data products that may be archived elsewhere).
    • global and regional databases- To faciliate use of data from global and regional databases, we have extracted data for ForstGEO sites. A record of databases and the ForestGEO sites for which data have been extracted is available in the Directory.

Quick tip: To download a single file simply open the file, select “Raw” (a button towards the top, right of the screen), and right click anywhere over the text. Click “Save as” and choose a Comma Separated Value File (.CSV) format. If that’s not an option in the browser that you’re using, simply type “.csv” at the end of the file name. It will save to your computer, and you can access it as an Excel file.

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Contributing to this repository

Updates regarding available climate data are of great value to the research community and will facilitate collaborations. As such, we strongly encourage researchers in the ForestGEO community to contribute relevant information and data to this repository:

For instrunctions on contributing to this repository, please see

Data use policy

Researchers who wish to use data contained in the ForestGEO Climate Data Portal are responsible to understand and evaluate its appropriateness for their research purposes, and to cite original sources as appropriate. To facilitate proper attribution, we have begun to provide citations for original data sources on their respective README pages. Although it is not required if using data exclusively from other public sources, it would be best scientific practice (for reproducibility and transparency) to also acknowledge that you obtained the original data set through the ForestGEO Climate Data Portal. You may do so by citing our DOI: DOI.


Content original to the ForestGEO Climate Data Portal is licensed under CC-BY-4, as described in license.txt.


Kristina Anderson-Teixeira, Leader of ForestGEO Ecosystems & Climate Program (; @teixeirak)