Planet OS Releases OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool

Sept 1, 2016
Palo Alto, California

Planet OS, the world’s leading provider of online geospatial and Earth science data access, today announced the OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool, which provides an intuitive, web-based interface to important climate datasets provided by NASA Earth Exchange (NEX). The tool requires no programming knowledge, and was developed with the intent to make large-scale climate data accessible by all potential users beyond researchers — risk modelers, software engineers, analysts, city planners, data scientists, and many others.

Due to their immense size, archive structure and file format, incorporating downscaled climate projection data into local or regional analyses can require significant technical effort. The OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool removes these technical barriers by providing an intuitive web-based interface where users can select and access specific subsets of climate data.

“As climate change is increasingly affecting our everyday life, we are seeing communities requesting easier ways to ingest climate data, both historical and projections, to their work,” says Dr. Sangram Ganguly, Senior Research Scientist at Bay Area Environmental Research Institute and NASA Ames Research Center.

“We are excited to collaborate with Planet OS to help communities with the complexities of analyzing space-time bound climate projections datasets. Planet OS’s approach provides a scalable easy-to-use data discovery and integration framework for these big datasets without having to spend days to obtain the data and perform analytics on top of it”.

In the summer of 2015, Planet OS started its collaboration with the NASA Earth Exchange team to create innovative tools to access, discover and analyze the Downscaled Climate Projections (NEX-DCP30) and the Global Daily Downscaled Projections (NEX-GDDP) datasets.

“For years, the commercial industry has been asking for powerful tools to work with climate data,” said Rainer Sternfeld, chief executive of Planet OS. “To change the way data-driven decisions are made, we wanted to provide both the content and the infrastructure for people to do meaningful, value-added work. This is why the OpenNEX Climate Data Access Tool is special.”

The OpenNEX Climate Access Tool is now available for free at

To learn more about the new tool, please join our webinar on September 21 at 9:00am PDT.

Planet OS is an Earth Science Big Data company based in Palo Alto, California, providing geospatial data infrastructure, analytical dashboards and programmatic access to weather & climate data from the world’s leading open data sources. The company works with real-world industries — from energy, weather forecasting, agriculture, logistics to insurance — to help them change the way data-driven decisions are made. Visit to learn more.

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Originally published at on September 1, 2016.

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