WorldClim Version 1

WorldClim version 1 has average monthly climate data for minimum, mean, and maximum temperature and for precipitation for 1960-1990. You can also download derived bioclimatic variables.

You can download climate data for:

  • Current conditions (interpolations of observed data, representative of 1960-1990)
  • Future conditions: downscaled global climate model (GCM) data from CMIP5 (IPPC Fifth Assessment)
  • Past conditions (downscaled global climate model output)

Information about the methods used to generate the climate layers, and the units and formats of the data. You can find more info in the preferred citation:

Hijmans, R.J., S.E. Cameron, J.L. Parra, P.G. Jones and A. Jarvis, 2005. Very high resolution interpolated climate surfaces for global land areas. International Journal of Climatology 25: 1965-1978.

WorldClim version 1 was developed by Robert J. Hijmans, Susan Cameron, and Juan Parra, at the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Peter Jones and Andrew Jarvis (CIAT), and with Karen Richardson (Rainforest CRC).

NatureServe provided financial support. Arthur Chapman (CRIA), Pilar Hernandez (NatureServe), Niels Raes (Dutch National Herbarium) Mohammed Irfan Ullah (ATREE) and Catherine Graham provided help and suggestions.