IRI Data Library & Maprooms

Main page

Useful maprooms

Scroll to the bottom for a tutorial.  There are also more videos here on IRI's Vimeo page.

The IRI Data Library is a powerful and freely accessible online data repository and analysis tool that allows a user to view, analyze, and download hundreds of terabytes of climate-related data through a standard web browser.  It has two components, the Map Rooms and the Library:

The Map-rooms

These are pre-made Data Library maps for different end-users.  They contain custom datasets or visualisations and can be a useful quick look.                                                            


The Library

This is where all the raw data is stored for hundreds of well-known climate datasets. An individual dataset can be examined, visualised, subset to individual regions, downloaded and more.  It's the way that Helen & Andrew would look at climate data.  One thing we could work on is building some tutorials.


  • These are custom analyses designed to be exactly what's needed by an end-user.
  • They include all the information about where the data comes from.
  • They're user-friendly - you just click and look at them


  • They can be slow and sometimes buggy.  Sometimes datasets don't load.
  • The existing map-rooms aren't exactly what Concern Worldwide needs


  • The vast number of datasets and ability to do whatever you need at different levels of technical ability.
  • Once you know how to use it for one dataset, you can use it for any dataset, the steps you take will be identical.
  • The IRIDL works by changing the site's URL. You can also click through to create an analysis, then the URL will take you back to that exact analysis.  


  • It can be slow and sometimes buggy.  Sometimes datasets don't load.
  • It's a steep learning curve.