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Workbook Datasets

A tarfile of the complete collection of workbook datasets is here.

Web access to individual files is here.

netCDF gridded climate datasets are found [**HERE**]. I have kept these separate from the main collection of workbook datasets because they are rather large, and will not be needed by most users.

Links to additional data sources

Earth climate data

  • National Climate Data Center. Hosts a wide variety of instrumental climate data as well as paleoclimate data. The datasets here tend to be for individual stations or sediment or ice cores, rather than gridded data. This is a good source of weather balloon soundings as well as historical surface station data. It is also a good place to look for ice core and marine sediment core data.
  • National Geophysical Data Center Ocean Drilling Core Site. The comprehensive site for Deep Sea Drilling Project data.
  • NOAA Earth Systems Research Laboratory collection of gridded climate datasets. This includes a wide variety of atmospheric and oceanic data sets on latitude/longitude grids (or lat/lon/pressure for 3D atmospheric datasets). Includes many satellite-derived products. The NCEP gridded reanalyis product, giving temperature, winds, moisture, etc. at the surface and as a function of height is available here. Most of these datasets are in the netCDF file format, which can be read into Python using a variety of add-on modules, notably PyNio, which can be obtained and installed similarly to PyNGL.
  • NASA GISSTemp surface temperature record (based on surface station data).
  • RSS Microwave Satellite Temperature dataset. A key dataset for analysis of temperature trends, going back to about 1980.
  • CDIAC (Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center). Data related to carbon dioxide concentrations and emissions.
  • Mauna Loa Observatory carbon dioxide records.


Solar and stellar data

Solar System planets

  • NASA Planetary Data System

Deep time paleoclimate and paleogeography

  • Paul Hoffman's Snowball Earth site. One-stop shopping for all things related to Snowball Earth. A truly wonderful site.

Thermodynamic data

Absorption data,spectroscopy, optical properties

  • HITRAN line database. The comprehensive authoritative source for the latest information on infrared spectroscopy. Go here to get the most up-to-date version of the database.
  • Borysow tables and programs characterizing the collision-induced continuum absorption for H2, CO2, N2 and various other gases. The H2-H2 continuum was not discussed in Chapter 4 of the text, but you can find it here. The CO2 continuum described in these tables is believed to be more accurate than the Pollack/Kasting formulation currently used in the text and the homebrew radiation code. When the time for the second revision of the book comes around, I will probably replace Pollack/Kasting with Borysow. The discussion of the various N2 continua in the text, based on Courtin, is still more or less state-of-the art for the Titan regime, but the corresponding tables and programs at the Borysow site may be easier to use. At some point I will download this date, put it in the standard units used in the book, and merge it into the Chapter 4 Workbook Datasets.
  • MPI-Mainz UV and visible gaseous absorption
  • A complilation of various sources on optical properties of condensed water can be found here . The Warren (1984) data used in the text (first edition) is linked in this complilation. Note that Warren (1984) has been updated by Warren and Brandt (2008). The paper and updated data tables can be found here.
  • OPA Optical properties of aerosols This is a great source for index of refraction of sulfate aerosols and various other aerosols, but its location seems to be a bit unstable. The lead custodian of the site seems to be C.E.L. Myhre, and if the site disappears again, you can try searching under that name.