Why, what, who


Contribute your work!

The forum is a good place to publicise your work and network with other climate modellers and scientists.

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A bit of history

The European Space Agency has established the Climate Modelling User Group (CMUG)

  • to place a climate perspective at the centre of its Climate Change Initiative (CCI) programme, and
  • to provide a dedicated forum through which the Earth observation data community and climate modelling community can work closely together.

Community participation is a unique feature of the CMUG project, and benefits researchers and developers by sharing resources (CMUG’s virtuous circle) and generating innovative ideas and applications.

What is this website for?

The CMUG Data Forum is a community space dedicated to users of CCI datasets. It aims to facilitate and encourage collaboration and participation by scientists and data users.

CCI datasets are now accessed via the ESA CCI data portal. This website complements the data portal by publicizing and sharing use of the datasets by the CMUG user community, and by offering a platform to share experience.

We welcome contributions from modellers, scientists and others, with ideas, suggestions and potential applications for the CCI datasets. Contact us!

Climate variables available

CMUG is evaluating a set of essential climate variables (ECVs; defined by GCOS) which were identified by climate scientists as key for climate research.

CCI data are available for the following ECVs:

Artificial image of the Earth surrounded by the symbols of the essential climate variables

The essential climate variables for CMUG: sea ice, sea level, sea surface temperature, ocean colour, ice sheets, glaciers, land cover, soil moisture, fire, ozone, greenhouse gases, cloud, and aerosol.