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Visualization System

Visualize and Retrieve Data

GLOBE provides the ability to view and interact with data measured across the world. Select the visualization tool to map, graph, filter and export data that have been measured across GLOBE protocols since 1995. Currently the GLOBE Data Visualization Tool supports a subset of protocols. Additional Features and capabilities are continually being added.

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Tutorials on Using the Visualization System

PDF version
PowerPoint version

Instructions on adding Vis layers to ArcGIS Online
GLOBE OGC Web Map Service Documentation

Long-term Data

Long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the Global Historical Climatology Network (GHCN) version 3 dataset (air temperature) and version 2 dataset (precipitation) managed by the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC).  More information about this dataset is available through NCDC at:

This data is provided as a Google Earth KML file, which displays reporting stations of long-term air temperature and precipitation data from the National Climatic Data Center (NCDC). 

Download the KML data and use Google Earth to locate a long-term data record.  

From the popup balloons for each city within Google Earth you can download and view the long-term air temperature and precipitation data record in CSV (comma separated value) format for use in a spreadsheet program. The data are available in monthly or yearly intervals, so if you choose to calculate the yearly averages, you will want to download monthly data to start.  Regional averages can be performed on either the monthly or yearly data.

For guidance refer to the Google Earth Instruction Guide for more detailed instructions on using Google Earth and the Viewing Long-term Air Temperature and Precipitation Data Guide for more information about the data format.