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Data for better understanding the changing climate

Cross-posted from the CCAFS blog.

The CCAFS-Climate portal emerges at a time of growing need for high-resolution climate data to assess the impacts of climate change on agriculture, offering high resolution climate data, updated and easy-to-access, for researchers and non-researchers who use the data in applications ranging from biodiversity and agriculture (especially crop modeling and agro-climatology) to ecosystem functioning.

Data in the hands of non-scientists

Although the majority of data downloads from the platform are from scientists in academia and research institutes, CCAFS-Climate is also having significant impact by putting high resolution climate change information in the hands of non-climate scientists and next users, which represent up to 19% of all CCAFS-Climate users (e.g. NGOs, foundations, non-research international/national organizations, donors and governmental institutions).


The portal has successfully moved beyond its immediate sphere of influence and now has a broad, multidisciplinary and global user base that employs the data to support impact and adaptation analyses.

CCAFS-Climate in numbers


At present, more than 100.000 people have visited the portal and more than 300 publications have been published using the CCAFS-Climate downscaled data.

From its creation, the total number of visits to the portal has reached more than 100,000 and the total number of downloads 470,000. About 2,200 institutions from 185 countries have used the portal for a range of purposes. The users included around 400 non-research institutions from 60 countries, indicative of the portal’s popularity outside of the research community.

Refereed publications using CCAFS-Climate data have also ascended to more than 300. Only last year (2014), there were 135 citations using data from the CCAFS-Climate portal (3 times more than 2013), including 6 book chapters, 21 theses & reports and 108 peer-reviewed articles.

Read the full story here.

This blog was written by Carlos Navarro, a research assistant at CIAT.

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