Open Access Data

The ICES Foundation supports Open Science, which embraces a combination of Open Data Files, Open Source Code, Open Reference Hardware and Open Access Publications. The Open Data Files listed below are only part of an increasing global inventory of openly available data:

Good reasons for Open Data:

Everything is a remix

Big data for the common good 

Summary of Open Data usage

World population estimated 2015

How to make Open Science work 

Cracking open the scientific process 

Climate change information and data

The State of Open Data Report 2018

Open data makes disaster risk visible

Bringing relevant data closer to scientists 

Do you expect me to just give away my data?

Open Data for resilience initiative - field guide

How to avoid drowning in a sea of climate data

Open Earth observation data more accessible

On the quality and cost of scientific publication

'Liquid Data' seen as engine to economic growth

Benefits of the free and open Landsat data policy

Grant will advance standards promoting open, high-quality data

The brokering approach to for Earth Science cyberinfrastructure

A new global database of meteorological drought events from 1951 to 2016

The FAIR guiding principles for scientific data management and stewardship

New web-based model for sharing research datasets could have huge benefits

Global Open Data: 


Open Aerial Map

Google public data explorer 

Database of volcanic unrest

International disaster database EM-DAT

International Telecommunication Union (ITU)

Data Observation Network for Earth (Dataone)

Emissions Database for Global Atmospheric Research (EDGAR)

A long term Global LAnd Surface Satellite (GLASS) data set for environmental studies

GEO Portal    GEO Portal entry point to access remote sensing, geospatial static and in-situ data, information

Disaster Open Data:


Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC)

Economic Open Data:

OECD library

World Bank data

World Bank knowledge portal 

World economic vulnerability monitor

IEA policies and measures databases

World Bank and Google announce map maker collaboration

Earth Science Open Data:

Open Topography


Earth system science data 

Integrated Earth Data Applications

Numerical Terradynamics Simulation Group

Animation of the Earth's gravity field for GFZ 96

Integrated geoscience databanks for interactive analysis and visualization

Global mineral database on 30sec resolution of potentially dust productive soils

Oceanic Open Data:

GEBCO General BathymetricChart of the Oceans

General bathymetric chart of the oceans.   ARGO Float Data    OneOcean Corporation.   

Weather/Climate Open Data:

Climate Explorer

National radiation maps

Solar radiation Data (SoDa) 

World Bank climate change data

Climate change information and data

Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature

UNFCCC greenhouse gas inventory data    

World temperature records available via Google Earth

Global Terrestrial Network - Permafrost  (GTN-P) database

Google Earth interface for CRUTEM4 land temperature data

Climate Code Foundation     Climate Impacts - GRASP

WMO Information Systems    World Data Centre for Climate

CAIT Climate Data Explorer.   WMO Satellite Status    Polar Data Catalogue  

GEOSS portal    Video tutorial on GEOSS portal    The GEOSS Common Infrastructure

IPCC Data Distribution Centre     2007 IPCC Model Ouput    UNDP Climate Change Country Profiles

IRI Climate Data Library    IRI Data Library.   Weather Spark

Agriculture & Vegetation Open Data:


CCAFS-CGIAR open data sets

TRY database of plant materials 

Astronomical Open Data:


Space weather 

Planck legacy archive

The solar corona at many temperatures

SoDa: time series of solar radiation data

International charter space & major disasters

Space-based information for crowdsource mapping

SDSS: working hard to improve inclusion in astronomy    The Sloan Digital Sky Survey       

Open Data within Europe:

EU Open Data:  


INSPIRE Geoportal 

EUMETSAT  data access via Internet

EU JRC Scientific & Technical Reference

EU Joint Research Centre opens up its data stores 

ESA Open Data:


Global Land Cover 2000

ESA CryoSat-2 Data Set 

ESA Planetary Science Archive

European Centre for Space Records

Free access to Copernicus Sentinel satellite data

CryoSat operational monitoring - DEM models - Antarctica    

Over 30 years of global soil moisture observations available for climate applications

UK Open Data:

East Anglia CRU data

UK Ordnance Survey Linked Data   

UK Met Office Hadley Centre observations datasets

UK: free satellite data to help tackle public sector challenges

Open Data within the USA:   Data USA

US Geospatial Platform

US climate data Initiative

All US Government Geo Data

Caltec earthquake information

Social Vulnerability Index for the US

Civic Commons - Open Data Policies

US Congress opens floodgates with data law 

US Senate passes OPEN Government Data Act 

Open Federal Data is now the law of the land in the US

Homeland Infrastructure Foundation-Level Data (HIFLD) 

Researchers are preparing for Trump to delete US Government science from the web

US 'Opportunity Project' utilizing open data to build stronger ladders of opportunity for all    

NOAA Open Data: 



Climate data

GOSIC Portal

Snow and Ice    


World Magnetic Model


Significant event Imagery 

NOAA metadata standards 

Space weather prediction center 

9 daily global satellite image files 

NOAA Science on a Sphere SOS

National Geophysical data center

US Hurricane first responder data

Data sets of continental waterheds and river networks

National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)  

NOAA coral reef watch homepage and near-real-time product portal

International Comprehensive Ocean-Atmosphere Data Set (ICOADS)     

POES Satellite Imagery - Atlantic    POES Satellite Imagery - Pacific

SLIDER - every pixel of GOES-17 at your fingertips.   GOES Satellite Imagery

Precipitation    Clouds    Winds    Aerosols    Radiation Budget    Vegetation    

Sea-surface Height    Sea-surface Temperatures    National Oceanic Data Center

GFDL Data Portal   GFDL Ocean Data Assimiliation  Environmental Visualization Lab   

USGS Open Data:  


Landsat data and images

Seamless data warehouse 

Hazards data distribution system

Seismicity of the Earth 1900~2007

US vegetation drought response index 

Satellite Image Atlas of Glaciers of the World   

Latest Earthquakes in the World - Past 7 days

Enhanced real-time earthquake information now online

USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center    

PAGER - Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response 

Spatial Hazard Events and Losses Database for the US (SHELDUS)

NASA Open Data: 




Eye on Earth

DREAM data set

NASA Worldview

Earth Science Data

Solar Dynamics Observatory

Global hydrology data center

NASA Earth Exchange (NEX) 

Earth science data discovery tool

The Planetary Data System (PDS)

Atmosperic science research portal

Air quality for the top 195 world cities

NASA/IPAC Extragalactic Database NED   

Gridded Population of the World (GPW),v4

CMS - the NASA Carbon Monitoring System

The Regional Planetary Image Facilities (RPIFs)

Satellite data available free on Amazon AWS cloud

The National Space Science Data Center (NSSDC)  

Daily views of Earth available on new NASA website    

NASA and FAO launch next-generation geospatial tool 

NASA, Japan make ASTER Earth data available at no cost

ARIA (Advanced Rapid Imaging and Analysis) for natural hazards    

Characterizing extremes for the recent past over the Americas    

NCAR Open Data:

Research Data Archive (RDA)

NCAR's RAP Real-time Weather Data    

NRL Open Data:

US Naval Oceanography Portal 

Total precipitable water (regional and global) 

Open Data within MesoAmerica:


Canadian Open Data: 

Canada's water InfoStream

Australian Open Data:

IMOS (Australia's Integrated Marine Observing System)

UK Open Data:

Rothamsted Archive

ASEAN Open Data:

Philippines Open Data Law for climate resilience and DRR

MH370 search reveals hidden undersea world    The data behind the search for MH370