Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS)

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About the Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS)


The NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), at Columbia University in New York City, is a laboratory of the Earth Sciences Division of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and a unit of the Columbia University Earth Institute. Research at GISS emphasizes a broad study of global climate change.

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Contents of the Data

The following datasets and derived material are available from the NASA GISS websites:

Climate Change Simulations

  • GISS ModelE
    • Earth's Energy Imbalance
    • Efficacy of Climate Forcings
    • Climate Simulations for 1880-2003
    • Dangerous Human-Made Interference
    • Transient Simulations with Beryllium-10
  • GISS Coupled Atmosphere-Ocean Model (AOM-GR)

Earth Observations

  • Temperature
    • GISS Surface Air Temperature Analysis (GISTEMP)
    • Common Sense Climate Index (CSCI)
  • Clouds
    • International Satellite Cloud Climatology Project (ISCCP)
    • GEWEX Cloud System Study Data Integration for Model Evaluation (GCSS-DIME)
  • Aerosols
    • Global Aerosol Climatology Project (GACP)
    • Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment II (SAGE II) V6.20
    • Photopolarimetry Measurements of Aerosols (RSP-Air)
  • Precipitation
    • Observed Land Surface Precipitation Data: 1850-1995 (GISS/Dai)
    • Observed Land Surface Precipitation Data: 1901-2000 (CRU TS 2.0)
  • Radiative Flux
    • ISCCP Global surface and atmospheric radiative fluxes
    • Surface solar irradiance: Datasets produced for SeaWiFS
  • Oceans
    • Global Seawater Oxygen-18 Database
  • Storms
    • Atlas of Extratropical Storm Tracks
  • Radiation
    • Electromagnetic and Light Scattering by Small Particles
  • Climate Forcings
    • Forcings in GISS climate model
    • Mineral dust aerosols
    • Global land-use datasets
    • Surface exchange of carbon dioxide
    • Surface exchange of methane
  • Astrophysics
    • Molecular collision rates relevant to microwave and IR astronomy