Visualize and Retrieve Data
View, graph and export GLOBE data from around the world with the GLOBE Visualization System. Users can use our various filters to find both contemporary measurements and historical data ranging back to 1995. Currently, this system supports a subset of GLOBE protocols, but new features are continually added so be sure to check back for our latest updates.
How to use the Visualization System
Learn how to call data, set up graphs and use the various functionalities of the visualization tool with GLOBE's comprehensive tutorial. View our general walk-through by:
Users can also construct maps and add visual layers with GLOBE data. Learn more about setting up data maps to ArcGIS Online.
For more information on GLOBE's mapping tools, see the GLOBE Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) Web Map Service Documentation.
The National Centers for Environmental Information manages the measurements of long-term air temperature (version 3 data set) and precipitation (version 2 data set) from the Global Historical Climatology Network. Users can download these data sets as a Google Earth KML file that displays the stations recording both these protocols.
For more information about these data sets, visit the Global Historical Climatology Network Monthly homepage.
Learn how to use Google Earth with Keyhole Markup Language (KML) files to locate long-term data records.
Find Data for a Specific City
Download and view long-term air temperature and precipitation data records for specific cities in Google Earth. Users can also download a city's measurements in a Comma Separated Value (CSV) file.
To find measurements for a specific city:
- On a device, open Google Earth.
- Select "Projects," and then "Open."
- Select either "Import KML File from Computer" or "Import KML File from Google Drive."
- Select the file to view.
- Select "Open."
- After the file is loaded, select the city that has the measurements.
City measurements are available in a monthly or yearly format, so be sure to view data for the correct time interval being measured. Yearly averages should be performed on monthly data, while regional averages can be conducted on either monthly or yearly intervals.
Learn more about viewing long-term air temperature and precipitation data sets.