Climate Notebook® Software

ATTENTION: IPI no longer sells Climate Notebook®. We have released a web-based version of this software, as we cannot continue to upgrade the desktop software every time a new operating system is released. The replacement product, eClimateNotebook®, incorporates ease of use, powerful data analysis, and extensive data management features into one web-based product. This site combines the best features and functionality of IPI's former data management websites, and, as well as our original desktop software, Climate Notebook. All updates are automatic and it will work on a Mac or PC.

Contact Angie Armstrong at (585) 475-7125 if you have any questions regarding this. You can also send us an email at

Climate Notebook® version 3.1.3 for Windows is the first comprehensive tool of its kind for organizing, tracking, and analyzing data collected from storage and display spaces in cultural institutions.

The program's special metrics allow users to compare various storage environments in terms of preservation quality and to analyze an environment with relation to the three major types of deterioration—chemical, mechanical, and biological. Climate Notebook also provides analysis specific to the objects in a collection and shows the effects of environmental conditions on different materials.

Climate Notebook natively supports data from the original Preservation Environment Monitor® and the PEM2. It can also import data from other sources, including ACR, Spectrum, Hobo®, Trak-R, Pinnacle, Dickson, and Rotronic data loggers, and Microsoft® Excel database files. Version 3.1.3 includes the DewPoint Calculator, Stored Alive (an interactive program), a detailed user manual and help file, and a downloadable workbook, Step-by-Step: Achieving a Preservation Environment for Collections.

Climate Notebook has been field-tested in more than 200 cultural institutions and is in use in many more, in the U.S. and elsewhere.

  • Discover hidden trends and opportunities for improvement. Climate Notebook organizes environmental data into a “notebook” that you create and name for each storage location.
  • Explore information in views designed to meet the different needs of professional staff in your institution. Choose Collections Manager’s View, Engineer’s View, or Conservator’s View.
  • Compare data from several locations in the same window using the Compare Notebooks view. Select any or all of your monitored environments and the time frame you want to view.
  • Download outdoor data from the web and compare indoor and outdoor temperatures, RH, and dew point.
  • Promote information-sharing among collection and preservation staff, building engineers, and administrators. Create detailed reports and graphs of environmental conditions from your data.
  • Alert collection staff to dangerous conditions. Create awareness of conditions that could cause mold to grow, lead to physical damage, promote rapid material decay, or waste HVAC dollars.
  • Learn about preservation of collections in Material Records. Each record contains a description of a particular material, its response to the environment, storage condition recommendations, alerts, and limits.

For more information, IPI's Guide to Sustainable Preservation Practices for Managing Storage Environments is available for purchase.