Articles | Volume 15, issue 15
Review and perspective paper
03 Aug 2022
Review and perspective paper |  | 03 Aug 2022

Twenty-five years of the IPCC Data Distribution Centre at the DKRZ and the Reference Data Archive for CMIP data

Martina Stockhause and Michael Lautenschlager

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Executive editor
This paper reviews the history and contribution of the IPCC Data Distribution Centre at DKRZ and the Reference Data Archive for CMIP data.
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The Data Distribution Centre (DDC) of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2022. DDC Partner DKRZ has supported the IPCC Assessments and preserved the quality-assured, citable climate model data underpinning the Assessment Reports over these years over the long term. With the introduction of the IPCC FAIR Guidelines into the current AR6, the value of DDC services has been recognized. However, DDC sustainability remains unresolved.