Hi Protontypes people! I very much like your idea of the sustainable innovation using FOSS practices. Thank you for sharing the
awesome-sustainable-technology project! It looks really interesting.
I have an impression that the list could benefit from inclusion of the “academic” climate sources. They may be not exactly awesome in the FOSS sense, but they form the base of our knowledge about the climate and are in many cases open and free for researchers.
I would suggest the following addition to the existing
Further Sustainability/Open Resources.
That is the longest and often the most reliable climate data source. Many national meteorological services have given a free assess for researchers to their data thanks to the World Data Center (WDC) program. It may be tricky to extract the data as the interface may be available on the national languages only like for Poland or Russia. Fortunately, there are some synthetic datasets. To the best of my knowledge, the GHCN project gives an assess to the most comprehensive global-scale archives.
Gridded data sets
That is a certain compromise between the directness of the observations and the need for spatially-distributed climate information. One of the leading global dataset of this kind is the archive of the Climatic Research Unit (University of East Anglia) and NCAS
The most detailed gridded observations data archive for the whole Europe is E-OBS.
Reanalysis restore fields of the meteorological parameters from the first principles solving the system of equations for the mass/momentum/energy transfer in the atmosphere with the observation data being used as a special kind of boundary conditions. That mean a possibility to obtain a picture for the parameters which were/are not monitored with the “classic” meteorological station, e.g. hourly wind speed data.
An assess to the leading reanalysis products is provided by the European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) and NOAA Physical Sciences Laboratory.
Climate models archives
One of the most impressive open data initiative in the climate science is the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP) which has allowed an access to the global climate outputs for the whole research community. The global climate models give a base to (almost) all we may know for the climate of the future. Now the CMIP project is in the phase 6.
I’m not quite sure whether inclusion of these data sources is consistent with the project policy. If it is I’ll be glad to make a pull request.