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Download questions concern all download methods except Wget scripting including the browser's download manager (download following a "HTTPServer" link), OPENDAP, and Globus.
Each ESGF question is sorted into exactly one topic. See also ESGF General since questions of general interest and questions matching several topics are under topic ESGF General.
Solution 1: If you want to specify an area and download data for that area only, you may look for an OPENDAP download link. Data downloaded via OPENDAP are in ASCII CSV (Comma Separated Values, readable text), or dodc (a binary OPENDAP data format). OPENDAP links are available for all data files now.
In ESGF Search, add the data you are interested into your Cart and click on "Show Files" and then on "OPENDAP". In the "OPeNDAP Dataset Access Form" fill in the index ranges you want and get the array. Details for ASCII CSV:
Solution 2: Download the whole file and cut the region you need with a tool. Among others, one useful tool is CDO sellatlonbox, see CDO documentation.
Yes, OPeNDAP URLs are available for all data files now. Once search results (datasets) have been added to your Data Cart, on that pane use the "Show Files" link for a dataset, to reveal the files and OPeNDAP links for each.
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World Data Centre for Climate (WDCC) offers a subset of CMIP5/AR5 data on a medium, usually on a USB stick. This service may especially be useful for scientists who cannot download data from ESGF because of very low network bandwidth.