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Climate GIS Data from WorldClim.org

Some of the most sought-after GIS data sets are those on climate, and rightly so, given its importance.  Worldclim.org is one of my favorite sources.  WorldClim’s data sets include minimum and maximum temperature, average temperature, precipitation, solar radiation, wind speed, water vapor pressure, plus 19 bioclimate variables (including such items as minimum temperature of the coldest month).  The following link explains the variables:

https://www.worldclim.org/bioclim

The following link provides access to the data, at a variety of spatial resolutions from 30 seconds to 10 minutes, all in grid format, as zipped geoTIFF files:

http://worldclim.org/version2

WorldClim is supported by Feed the Future to the Geospatial and Farming Systems Consortium of the Sustainable Intensification Innovation Lab.  However, you will need to dig for metadata on WorldClim–the site is extremely spartan, and take note – contains some ads – but don’t let that put you off — if you want a no-nonsense, quick way of accessing specific types of climate data, this is a valuable resource.

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Speaking of climate, ah! – the skies above Wellington, New Zealand, on the Autumnal Equinox there, March 2019.  Photo by Joseph Kerski. 

–Joseph Kerski

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