About / Imprint

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 operating 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). Data are archived as supplements to publications or as citable data collections. Citations are available through the portal of the German National Library of Science and Technology (GetInfo).

Archiving follows the Recommendations of the Commission on Professional Self Regulation in Science (pdf, 200 kB) for safeguarding good scientific practice.

The system is operated in the sense of the Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities which is a follow up to the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

PANGAEA is a member of the ICSU World Data System. The policy of data management and archiving follows the ICSU World Data System Data Policy and the OECD Principles and Guidelines for Access to Research Data from Public Funding.

Authors submitting data to the Pangaea data library for archiving aggree that all data are provided under a creative commons license.

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

The system is hosted by

supported with funding by


Dr. Hannes Grobe (AWI) Editor-in-Chief and media relations +49 471 4831 1220
Dr. Stefanie Schumacher (AWI) Data librarian +49 471 4831 1167
Dr. Rainer Sieger (AWI) User service, tools, and data products +49 471 4831 1189
Dr. Christian Schäfer-Neth (AWI) Relational database operation +49 471 4831 1554

Dr. Michael Diepenbroek (MARUM) System concepts and development +49 421 218 65590
Uwe Schindler (MARUM) Web services and search engine +49 421 218 65595

PANGAEA is a designated archive for the journal Earth System Science Data (ESSD) and various journals related to earth system research.

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

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PANGAEA is not responsible for the topicality, correctness, completeness or quality of the information provided. Liability claims regarding damage caused by the use of any information provided, including any kind of information which is incomplete or incorrect, will therefore be rejected. All offers are non-binding and without obligation. Parts of the content or the complete site including all offers and information might be extended or changed by the operating institutions without separate announcement.