ESGF is an international collaboration of climate centers working together to manage and provide access to climate data models and observations

The Earth System Grid Federation (ESGF) peer-to-peer (P2P) enterprise system is one of the largest-ever collaborative data efforts in Earth system science. Led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Biological and Environmental Research (BER), this international multi-agency federation—which heavily relies on European partners—develops, deploys, and maintains software to facilitate advancements in geophysical science. ESGF’s open-source, operational code base disseminates model simulation, observational, and reanalysis data for research assessments and model validation via secure storage and dissemination of petabytes of data.

ESGF Federation Data Nodes

The real value of ESGF comes from the fact that we are a federation of sites: by using ESGF, users have access to data, metadata and services that are provided by multiple sites distributed around the world.

The ESGF Federation consists of

  •  31 data nodes, 11 index nodes
  •  23 data projects, 198,298 datasets, 3,309,528 files (nonreplica,
    latest version)
  •  147 CoG projects, 15,571 users across all CoG sites

ESGF Documentation

Discovering and downloading data from ESGF by Prashanth Dwarakanath (ESGF Installation Working Group) from NSC Sweden

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