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Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science


Mission and Scope

The information system PANGAEA is operated as an Open Access library aimed at archiving, publishing and distributing georeferenced data from earth system research. PANGAEA guarantees long-term availability (greater than 10 years) of its content. PANGAEA is open to any project, institution, or individual scientist to use or to archive and publish data.

PANGAEA focuses on georeferenced observational and experimental data. Citability, comprehensive metadata descriptions, interoperability of data and metadata, a high degree of structural and semantic harmonization of the data inventory as well as the commitment of the hosting institutions ensures FAIRness of archived data.

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 due to ongoing projects. The description of each data set is always visible and includes the principal 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, Nature Scientific Data, and 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.

If you find PANGAEA useful for your work please cite:

Felden, Janine; Möller, Lars; Schindler, Uwe; Huber, Robert; Schumacher, Stefanie; Koppe, Roland; Diepenbroek, Michael; Glöckner, Frank Oliver (2023): PANGAEA – Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science. Scientific Data, 10(1), 347,


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.

PANGAEA ensures continuity of all archived data and takes responsibility in the case of a temporary or permanent break in service. PANGAEA uses an organized approach to long-term preservation, with continued access for data types despite format changes.

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).

PANGAEA search and the metadata inventory use relationships to terms and concepts from external terminologies. This allows to search for synonyms or broader terms of concepts used in data sets, and to allow for filtering search results ("facetting") by using broader term relations. The following external terminologies are used for annotation of metadata and data (using an internal representation in its own database system):