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New version of climate data portal ready

We’ve just updated our CCAFS-Climate data portal. We have been improving the website since 2008, when we first launched it. We’ve been tracking the usage of our site via Google analytics: from the date we have been doing it (mid March 2011), we’ve had about 17,739 unique visitors in total, with about 82 unique visitors per day in average, to not mention that in the last month we’ve sent ~1.6 TB (a daily average of 46 GB). The largest number of visitors (and data downloaders) are from the US (~3,500 from March 2011 to now), followed by Colombia (1,000), Brazil (900), Mexico (920), China (700), India (650), and many others. We’re being hit by almost all countries in the world, except some African countries! Thanks to you all.

Map of usage of our website across the world

Some major changes have been done in this version of the portal, and some more are planned:

  1. We have added our data page as a separate box and can now be accessed from the home
  2. We have improved the way data is searched
  3. We have implemented a short form to capture basic information from our users. But don’t get scared, it’s only a couple of lines (and if you’re a recurrent user you just need to look for your email in our database and the form fields will automatically fill in). This information will be used to do a much better tracking of the type of users and usage that is being given to our data.
  4. We now provide more support people names in our contact page
  5. We added a new section on the publications citing our datasets (so if you have published anything and have used our data, please let us know)

In addition, some additional features will be implemented in the near term:

  1. We will add the full set of downscaled IPCC Fourth Assessment Report GCMs, which consists of 24 GCMs, three emissions scenarios (A1B, A2, and B1) and seven periods (2020 through 2100). We’re rushing to improve our storage power (that’s the limitation that has prevented us from publishing all these data), but if you intend to use downscaled IPCC 4AR data, contact us!
  2. We’re rushing to start processing IPCC 5AR data, and will update on the progress soon

So, last thing to say is: check it out, now!

Acknowledgments Thanks to Danny Martinez and Carlos Navarro, both of which have enormously contributed to this new release.…

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