The international community has widely accepted that swift action to mitigate and avoid the worst impacts of climate change will require the contribution of a broad and diverse set of actors across societies. Similarly, urgent action is also necessary to adapt to current and expected climate risks and impacts. Open data can be a very useful tool to enable these various actors to understand climate trends and develop solutions towards common goals.

Some governments have recognized this potential and taken promising steps to open up climate-relevant information and, in some cases, even begin to build integrated open data systems for climate-relevant data.

This first version of the Climate Open Up Guide, highlights key climate-relevant data types across sectors and gives an overview of existing public data sources, standards, and reporting obligations of relevance to their publication and dissemination. As we ground test the guide, we intend to refine current components and include other elements of a strategy to implement an open climate-relevant data initiative.

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