10 Popular Climate APIs

The definition of climate is a measurement of weather conditions over a long period of time, including temperature, precipitation, humidity, wind, cloud cover, pollution & air quality, sunshine, and aridity. Factors contributing to climate change include natural changes, such as radiation from the sun, Earth orbit variances, volcanoes, and human changes, such as carbon emissions, livestock farming, and human deforestation.

As climate change affects humans more and more, developers may be wanting to create or enhance applications with climate data, and the best way to accomplish this is with climate APIs.

What is a Climate API?

A Climate API is an Application Programming Interface in which developers can interact with climate data in order to integrate it with their own applications.

The best place to discover these APIs is in the Climate category of the ProgrammableWeb directory. In this article, we choose ten popular APIs to highlight for developers.

1. World Air Quality Index API

The World Air Quality Index project provides air pollution awareness and air quality information for places around the world. The World Air Quality Index REST APITrack this API allows developers to access and integrate applications with air quality information for more than 70 countries, including 9000 stations in 600 major cities. Some example API methods include geo-based queries, retrieving air quality data for cities and regions, and retrieving current weather conditions.

2. Urthecast Platform API

UrtheCast provides satellite remote sensing technology for industry. The Geosys Bridge APITrack this API provides programmatic access to Geosys remote sensor data processing tools. The API allows a business to access weather and agriculture imagery from satellite, integrate analytical data, optimize data flow, and filter options for complex requests.

Urthecast API offers satellite imagery

Screenshot: Urthecast

3. aircheckr API

aircheckr is a service that calculates the outside air quality and measures Nitrogen Dioxide, Ozone, and Particulate matter. aircheckr APITrack this API provides hyper-local, near real-time air pollution information. It returns Air Quality Index (AQI) data from territories, cities, regions, at street level. Also, get statistics of long-term AQI for an area with this API.

4. Carbon Interface API

The Carbon Interface APITrack this API provides estimates about C02 emissions from activities. Users provide details about the activity and the API uses the most accurate estimation methodologies to compute the amount of C02 emitted from doing the activity. Emissions data can be returned for electricity, airplane flights, product manufacturing, shipping, and other specific activities.

5. Solcast API

Solcast provides solar energy forecasts. The Solcast REST APITrack this API delivers forecast, solar power estimates, radiation, and cloud information data. Developers can obtain photovoltaic (PV) power output forecast, access solar radiation estimates, access real-time data, and apply analytics for individualized forecasts with this API.

Solar irradiance data for Australia, from Jan. 20, 2021

Solar irradiance data for Australia, from Jan. 20, 2021. Screenshot: Solcast

6. Weatherlogics API

Weatherlogics provides climate data. The Weatherlogics climate APITrack this API returns climate data, records, and normals for over 700 locations in Canada. The climate data is useful for transportation, agriculture, government, insurance, and other applications.

7. Troposphere Weather API

Troposphere Weather is an easy-to-use versatile weather APITrack this API which provides hyperlocal forecasts, historic climate data und location/place search. Get data about temperature, wind, rain, humidity, pressure, snow, air quality index, sunshine hours, and more with this API.

8. Global Forest Watch API

The Global Forest Watch API allows developers to retrieve information on forest change measures, including cover loss, tree cover gain, and disturbances. Also retrieve FORMA (FORest Monitoring for Action) alerts, IMAZON SAD (Deforestation Alert System) alerts, QUICC (Quarterly Indicator of Cover Change) alerts, and NASA active fires with this API.

9. IQAir AirVisual API

IPAir Airvisual provides air quality index (AQI) data, visualizations, and maps. Developers can use the Airvisual APITrack this API to integrate air quality index and air pollution with a coverage in more than 60 countries, including 11,000 government stations into applications.

Get live animated air quality maps with AirVisual

Get live animated air quality maps with AirVisual. Image: IQAir

10. AirNow

AirNOW is a U.S. EPA program that provides forecast and real-time air quality information (AQI) across North America. AirNOW collects data from more than 2,000 monitoring stations and forecasts for over 300 cities. The AirNOW APITrack this API allows developers to programmatically access air quality forecasts and real-time data. The API is able to deliver data for a specific zip code or a set of geographic coordinates, as well as historical air quality observations.

For more APIs, plus SDKs, Source Code Samples, and other developer resources, check out the Climate category.

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