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World Climate Data (past, present, future)


WorldClim is a set of global climate layers (climate grids) with a spatial resolution of a square kilometer. They can be used for mapping and spatial modeling in a GIS or other computer programs. If you are not familiar with such programs, you can tryDIVA-GIS.

The database is documented in this article: Hijmans, R.J., S.E. Cameron, J.L. Parra, P.G. Jones and A. Jarvis, 2005. Very high resolution interpolated climate surfaces for global land areas. International Journal of Climatology 25: 1965-1978.

The WorldClim database is under continuous development, please provide us with feedback if you find any problems. The current version is Version 1.4 (release 3). It is only marginally different from version 1.3.


You can download climate data for:

  • Current conditions (interpolations of observed data, representative of 1950-2000)
  • Future conditions: IPCC 4 from CIAT (recommended) or the older IPPC 3 data (downscaled from global climate model (GCM) output)
  • Past conditions (downscaled global climate model output)


Using GIS Data on this site

GIS Data downloaded from this site generally requires GIS software to view. Click here for a list of GIS Data Viewers

GIS data available on this website is provided AS IS - please read the GIS Data Portal Terms of Use

Data Field Descriptions

GIS Source Information
Database Name:
Feature Class Name:
Feature Dataset Name (if applicable):
Reference Date:
Accuracy: Parcel
Update Frequency: As Needed
Access Constraints:None

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