The Azimuth Project
Azimuth Climate Data Backup Project (Rev #3)

The idea

We’re backing up US government databases on climate change and the environment before Trump takes office on January 20th. We need some money, at least $5000, for storage space and a server. More would be better.


The safety of US government climate data is at risk. Trump plans to have climate change deniers running every agency concerned with climate change.

Trump’s choice for head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruit, has called himself a "leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda". Pruitt even sued this agency to block Obama’s plan to fight global warming. Trump’s choice for the Department of Energy has claimed that we have been experiencing a cooling trend, and said "there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects".

This makes it imperative to back up the databases of climate information held by US government agencies before Trump takes office. Of course, you can argue that he won’t be rash enough to delete these precious records. But: better safe than sorry!

In fact, these backups are worth having regardless of the current political situation. They should have been made long ago. But Trump’s choices for cabinet triggered a rush to get the job done before he takes office:

• Brady Dennis, Scientists are frantically copying U.S. climate data, fearing it might vanish under Trump, Washington Post, 13 December 2016.

The Azimuth Backup Project is part of this effort. So far our volunteers have backed up nearly 1 terabyte of data from NASA, NOAA, and other agencies. We’ll do a lot more. But we need some funds to pay for storage space and a server,

The Azimuth Backup Project

So far we have backed up these:

• NASA’s main database of temperature records, called GISTEMP.

• The Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, called CDIAC.

• The Carbon Tracker website.