|The World Data Center System|
From the ICSU's World Data System homepage:
"The World Data Center (WDC) system was created to archive and distribute data collected from the observational programs of the 1957-1958 International Geophysical Year. Originally established in the United States, Europe, Russia, and Japan, the WDC system has since expanded to other countries and to new scientific disciplines. The WDC system now includes 52 Centers in 12 countries. Its holdings include a wide range of solar, geophysical, environmental, and human dimensions data. These data cover timescales ranging from seconds to millennia and they provide baseline information for research in many ICSU disciplines, especially for monitoring changes in the geosphere and biosphere—gradual or sudden, foreseen or unexpected, natural or man-made."
If you want to know more about the WDC-System itself, have a look at the WDC System Home.
Mission of the WDC for Climate
The mission of the WDCC corresponds with the basic tasks of M&D. Data for climate research are collected, stored and disseminated in order to serve the scientific community. M&D has experience in running international data centres. The WDCC is restricted to climate data products. No raw data storage for example from satellites or climate models is planned in the WDCC itself because raw data storage on a global basis is beyond the scope of the available facilities. Emphasis is spent on climate modelling and related data products. A close cooperation with thematically corresponding data centres like Earth observation, meteorology, oceanography, pale climate and environment is planned in order to establish a complete network for climate data.
A short description for the WDC web-server can be found in the Guide to the World Data Center System.
The WDCC is maintained by the Data Management department at the German Climate Computing Centre (DKRZ).
World Data Center for Climate
Fax: +49 (40) 460094-106