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Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science


The information system PANGAEA is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research. The system guarantees long-term availability of its content through a commitment of the hosting institutions.

Most of the data are freely available and can be used under the terms of the license mentioned on the data set description. A few password protected data sets are under moratorium from ongoing projects. The description of each data set is always visible and includes the principle investigator (PI) who may be asked for access.

Each dataset can be identified, shared, published and cited by using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI Name). PANGAEA also allows data to be published as supplements to science articles (example) or as citable data collections in combination with data journals like ESSD, Geoscience Data Journal, Scientific Data, or others.

The PANGAEA data editorial ensures the integrity and authenticity as well as a high usability of your data. Archived data are machine readable and mirrored into our data warehouse which allows efficient compilations of data.

PANGAEA is open to any project, institution, or individual scientist to use or to archive and publish data. Start a data submission here.


PANGAEA is operated by a team of data editors, data managers, and IT specialists. Our editors are scientists with expertise in all fields of earth and environmental science and have a profound knowledge for the review and processing of scientific data. The PANGAEA core team is located at our host institutions. In addition, data stewards at our cooperation partners are supporting their scientists in data archival and are contributing to the overall PANGAEA development.

If you would like to work in our team, you can visit our open positions page.


The World Data Center PANGAEA is member of the World Data System (WDS) of the International Science Council (ISC). It is further hosting the World Radiation Monitoring Center (WRMC) of the Baseline Surface Radiation Network (BSRN) and as such accredited as a "Data Collection and Processing Center" (DCPC) of the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) Information System (WIS). PANGAEA is a CoreTrustSeal certified repository.

Hosting institutions

PANGAEA is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) and the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences, University of Bremen (MARUM).

Alfred Wegener Insitute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research
marum - Center for Marine Environmental Sciences


Archiving follows the European Commission Guidelines on Open Access to Scientific Publications and Research Data in Horizon 2020 and the DFG recommendations for safeguarding good scientific practice. PANGAEA is further aligned with the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding as well as with the FAIR Guiding Principles for scientific data management and stewardship.

Interoperability / Services

PANGAEA is furnished with a well developed interoperability framework thus allowing to disseminate metadata and data to registries, data portals, and other service providers. More...


The search engine is powered by the open-source software Elasticsearch and metadata processing is provided by panFMP (PANGAEA Framework for Metadata Portals).