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EarthSystemData is an innovative combined web and app-based informational service providing you with the latest overview of current climatic conditions and climate predictions for your town and city. See “Data and Information” for a precise overview of what information our interface supplies.
We are principally a digital entity but are physically based in Norwich, United Kingdom, a city that has first-class climate and Earth system science heritage! It is the birthplace of the de-facto global temperature record used by international agencies to measure changes in the Earth’s climate and a city of excellence with respect to climate and Earth system science. Our product is driven by VPS-hosting services in California, U.S.A.
EarthSystemData was founded by climate scientist Dr. Craig Wallace. He remains an active climate science researcher in addition to founding EarthSystemData. ESD is supported by a team of technical and scientific consultants ensuring our analyses, presentation and products are professional-grade and world-class. See our About page for more information.
The ESD interface currently allows you to explore information upon the following variables:
For each variable, the following information is available either on the global maps, or retrievable by the city and town search:
Signing up at the website is secure and easy. Join here.
We take payment via PayPal so you can join in confidence.
By joining, you will get 30 days use for free before commencing the £2.99 per month rolling account.
We think that’s excellent value. You are in control and can cancel when ever you want, either from within your PayPal account or from the account home page here.
After you have joined you can also download and use the apps to access ESD! See below.
You can also download the app and join with your Apple or Google Play account. In that case, you control your account from your Apple and Google Play accounts – and payment is take from those accounts.
Option 1: Joining on the website first.
We recommend this method. You join via the website here. You can then login to the website and enjoy ESD.
To use the apps (you are not charged again), download our app via the stores:
Open the app and, on any of the intro screens tap “Login”:
You will then be taken to the login screen where you enter the Login and Password you chose on the site:
Option 2: Join in the app:
If you do not register here on the website, you can join using your Google or Apple account from within the app. Download the app:
Swipe all the way through the intro screens to this final screen and tap “Purchase”:
You can then control your subscription from Google Play, or Apple Account ‘my subscription settings’ and payment – after the free 30 days – is taken from your app account. Simple and convenient control for you.
Current updates are made monthly. This allows a full month to accrue before we analyse where the planet has been warmer, wetter, drier or colder than normal. By allowing a full month to elapse before we present an analysis we iron out, to some extent, the effects of short-term weather events and begin to get a feeling for how the planet is behaving on slower timescales.
We use world-class official raw data from the United States National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency (N.O.A.A.) to generate our products that depict current conditions. Use of these data does not imply official endorsement by N.O.A.A. or any other government agency. The data are, in fact, a numerical solution of a global forecasting system, incorporating observations where possible. The advantage of this technique is that the global coverage is complete. Exact numbers may be different to other summaries of global climate and weather which use alternative analysis techniques.
Future projections of each of the variables are available to explore within the EarthSystemData interface – again searchable by town and city. These projections are made by a statistical methodology derived from the current latest-generation of international global climate circulation models (GCMs). GCMs are highly complex computational models of the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and other global systems that can be executed to simulate the effects of both natural and man-made (i.e. greenhouse gas) impacts upon the Earth’s climate for the coming years. The computational tool we use here is the ClimGen pattern scaler (inventor rights, Osborn, Mitchell, Wallace and U.E.A.) under license from U.E.A. Ltd, University of East Anglia. ClimGen has been used to provide climate change scenarios for numerous published global climate impact studies that have informed society and policy.
We currently use simulations of the future climate that envisage an approximate doubling of greenhouse concentrations by the year 2100. You can learn more about the experiment configurations here. We use data from these particular experiments as they are the closest resemblance to the current trajectory of greenhouse gas emissions. The GCMs used to simulate the future climate also account for natural drivers of climate change.
A fully-functional free trial is available for 30 days! Paid subscription will only commence after that. You can either sign up for the free trial via the website or you can commence the free trial by downloading the Apple or Android app. It does not matter where you start your trial (or buy a subscription from) – i.e. either via the apps or the website – you can use either the website or the app to access ESD content! It’s simple. See the below FAQ.
Yes! When you start ESD on your Apple or Android device, be sure to fill in the “Link Account” screen. See below. The details you enter here can then be used to access the website at www.earthsystemdata.com
Cancelling is simple and there is no contract term. See here for app instructions:
If you bought your subscription via the website (rather than through an app)
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