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The PANGAEA® logo shows the supercontinent Pangaea at about 150 Million years ago in an artistic vision. The logo is registered as a trademark since March 2006. Font of the Pangaea lettering is Times.

PANGAEA® - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science

is a publisher and library for georeferenced data from earth system research. Observational and analytical data files are archived with a description (metadata) in a relational database. Its content is distributed via web services to portals, search engines and catalogs of libraries and publishers. Data is retrievable through a search engine and a data warehouse. Each data set includes a bibliographic citation and is persistently identified using a Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Pangaea is unique as a data system archiving its content in a structurized order with a high level of internal consistency which enables users to generate individual data compilations. Pangaea offers service and curation for the data output of projects, institutes and individual scientists. Data can be published as an independent "publication" or as a supplement related to an article (see data submission). Data are in Open Access and are placed under a Creative Commons license.

PANGAEA is hosted by the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz-Center for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), Bremerhaven and the Center for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM), Bremen, Germany. Legal form is a GbR (Gesellschaft bürgerlichen Rechts), operated by the department Pangaea. Pangaea is a member of the World Data System (WDS).

  • If you would like to submit data for archiving or publication, please find help in the Data submission chapter.

Search and retrieve data using different clients:

  • 4D client > editorial tool to administer any metadata and to import data
  • PANGAEA Search > search engine (works similar to Google)
  • DOI (Digital Object Identifier) > persistent link
  • OAI-PMH for exchange with portals (ISO, DC, XML)
  • Web services

System citation with DOI

It is not required to cite Pangaea when using data from the system. Always refer to data by using the data citation which accompanies each data set.

If it is required to refer to Pangaea as publisher or library, the following citation could be used:


By default, data in Pangaea is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License. 88x31.png which means data must be quoted by its citation! Further details are given on the license page.

The Pangaea database as a whole is protected by law see a.o.:

Richtlinie 96/9/EG des Europäischen Parlaments und des Rates vom 11. März 1996 über den rechtlichen Schutz von Datenbanken

Domains has alias domains at

(see also: Techdoc:Domains)

* archivierte Webseiten seit 1998-12-12

Background references