Johannes Friedrich

Director of Climate Data, World Resources Institute

Turning Data Into Impact

I am the Director of Climate Data at World Resources Institute, a leading global environmental think tank. My teams are tracking global and national targets to achieve a low emissions, just and safe future.

I manage Climate Watch, Systems Change Lab, and Power Explorer. See the rest of my work below.

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How to find relevant climate data (ext. 🔗)
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A new tool helps users navigate the many open climate data platforms available and identify the most relevant platforms for…

9 Charts Explain Per Capita Greenhouse Gas Emissions by Country (ext. 🔗)
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When India surpassed EU in GHG emissions in 2019 , that statistic only told part of the story. We analyzed…

This Interactive Chart Shows Changes in the World’s Top 10 Emitters (ext. 🔗)
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Our Climate Watch interactive chart explores GHG emissions by country and economic sector, and shows how top emitters have changed in…

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How about a button that can spawn an instant dance party in your living room? Introducing the Party Button 1.0.…

What I Do

Leadership & Partnerships

I lead projects and help organizations connect to a wide public and private network. I have partnered with a variety of organizations like Google, World Bank, UNFCCC, governments and 100s of NGOs and universities.

Data Tools & Visualizations

I work with NGOs, UN organizations, private companies, governments and researchers to develop online visualization platforms that turn data into actionable tools and beautiful visuals.


I identify new use-cases, develop Theories of Change, find data gaps, and develop new collection methods that help solve global environmental and development issues.

Projects & Products


World Resources Institute, USA
Leading WRI’s climate and ocean data work, developing leading data platforms in partnership with 100s national governments, International Organizations, NGOs, universities and private sector companies.


Stockholm Resilience Center, Sweden
Improvement of the scientific underpinning of the Planetary Boundaries concept.


ARTE G.E.I.E., France
Video publishing, software development, data processing and user experience design at Franco-German public television station ARTE.


Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Science for Sustainable Development at Linköping University, Sweden


Bachelor of Science in Computer Science at the Nuremberg Institute of Technology, Germany


Hurghada Environmental Protection and Conservation Association, Egypt
Field work and data collection on marine mammals and development of of research infrastructure in collaboration with local NGO.


Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, Germany
Implementation of video compression algorithms at the Department Multimedia Real-time Systems.