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ISIMIP Terms of Use

The terms of use for ISIMIP simulation data are described in detail on this website: Please be aware that ISIMIP may change! Keep up-to-date on corrections & caveats: Users of the data are responsible for ensuring the most up-to-date data version is used. Please report any problems with ISIMIP data to To stay up to date with ISIMIP, join the ISIMIP email list here:

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See table below for licences associated to individual models

For data limited to non-commercial research and educational purposes:

  • a) I agree to restrict my use of ISIMIP model output TO NON-COMMERCIAL RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. For research to be considered non-commercial, its end products (in the form of data sets, reports, and other publications) must not be considered proprietary, and they must be made generally available through open publication or by equally accessible means. Materials prepared for educational purposes cannot be sold. These restrictions may only be relaxed by permission of the individual modeling groups responsible for the simulations.

For unrestricted data:

  • a) I understand that the subset of ISIMIP model output that will be made accessible to this group has been designated for "unrestricted" use.


For both groups of users, the terms of use include these additional statements:

  • b) I will hold no individual(s), organization(s), or group(s) responsible for any errors in the models or in their output data.

  • c) In publications that rely on the ISIMIP model output, I will appropriately credit the data providers by an acknowledgment similar to the following:

"For their roles in producing, coordinating, and making available the ISIMIP model output, we acknowledge the modeling groups (listed in Table XX of this paper) and the ISIMIP coordination team"

where Table XX in your paper should list the models and modeling groups that provided the data you have used.The names of the modelers and their institutes are specified in the meta data of each data set and file.

  • d) I acknowledge the potential limitations of the data obtained from this archive. These may include (but are not necessarily limited to) errors in the models, shortcomings in the experiment designs, the conjectural quality of the forcing scenarios used to drive the models, and so on.

  • e) I understand that although the model output has been subjected to a quality control procedure, unrecognized errors almost certainly remain.

  • f) To aid participating groups in understanding and improving upon their models' behaviors, I will respond to reasonable requests from ISIMIP coordinators for feedback about my ISIMIP research results (e.g. reporting model deficiencies). As soon as my ISIMIP based paper is published I will provide the associated reference to the ISIMIP coordination team ( as the paper will document the importance of ISIMIP for potential funders.

  • g) These data are freely and publicly available. Sale of the data is strictly forbidden.


For ISIMIP Fast Track some modeling groups provide information about individual model restrictions. It can be found here.

Users may share data with close collaborators or *internally* among their institutional staff who have agreed to abide by the above terms of use.


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