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German Cluster of WDCs for Earth System Research

Four WDCs in Germany have formed an alliance in order to promote Earth System Science and Research in Germany and abroad. This Cluster is actively pursuing a strategy, using information technology, to make data related to Earth Systems available to as wide and as interdisciplinary audience as possible. Below is a brief description and links to the WDCs that have joined with WDC-RSAT to form this Cluster.

WDC-Climate (WDCC) This WDC is maintained by the Model and Data (M&D) group hosted at the Max-Planck-Institute for Meteorology and is realized in cooperation with the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ). WDCC aims at collecting, scrutinizing, and disseminating data related to climate change on all time scales. Emphasis is on data products from climate modeling and related observational data

WDC for Marine Environmental Sciences (WDC-MARE): This WDC is maintained by the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM) at Bremen University and Institute for Polar and Marine Research of the Foundation Alfred Wegener (AWI). WDC-MARE aims to collect, scrutinize, and disseminate data related to global change in the fields of environmental oceanography, marine geology, paleoceanography, and marine biology. It focuses on georeferenced data using the information system PANGAEA.

WDC for Lithospheric Research and Geodesy (WDC-TERRA) (candidate ICSU-WDC): This WDC is maintained by GeoForschungsZentrum Potsdam (GFZ). The scope of WDC-TERRA will be Earth's gravity field and gravity field models, geomagnetism, atmospheric sounding by GPS radio occultation, superconducting gravimetry, seismology (GEOFON and other sources), aerogravimetry, lithosphere soundings/seismics, magnetotellurics, and scientific continental drilling. The WDC facilities will be integrated into the local framework of lithosphere observation and modeling.