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Instrumental climate data

  • Temperature (CRUTEM4, HadCRUT4: 1850-present global data on a 5° x 5° grid)

○  Main webpage for the temperature datasets
○  HadCRUT4 global temperatures for the current year
○  CRUTEM4 land temperature data via Google Earth
○  Archive of older CRUTEM4 versions
○  Data availability


  • High-resolution gridded datasets (CRU TS, CRU CY, CRU CL: 1901-2015 global land data for multiple variables on a 0.5° x 0.5° or finer grid)

○  Main webpage for the high-resolution gridded datasets (now updated with CRU TS v4.00)
○  CRU TS land temperature & precipitation via Google Earth (temporarily unavailable)


  • Precipitation and drought

○  scPDSI drought indices for Global land, Europe and Alps
○  Precipitation (Hulme dataset: global land data on 5°x5° and 2.5°x3.75° grids for 1900-1998)


  • Pressure and Circulation Indices

○  Pressure data, NAO, SOI and other circulation indices, etc.
○  See also UK Climate Indices for Lamb Weather Types


  • Climate data for individual locations, countries and regions

○  Long monthly temperature series for Scotland and Ireland
○  Long monthly rainfall total series for the UK and Ireland
○  UK Climate Indices
○  Mediterranean climate
○  Alpine climate data
○  Japan
○  Greenland
○  Falklands



Palaeoclimate data


Reanalysis climate data


Climate model data and future climate projections


Data associated with specific papers


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