Field of Research codes

The Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification codes for Field of Research or briefly ANZSRC FoR codes have been reviewed and there is a new release coming.

If you have ever published a dataset or software, you were probably asked to browse through the available list online and choose any which were relevant.

FoR codes are used by repositories to classify the dataset or code they list. Associated search tools will used them as keywords. While you can usually add other kind of keywords to your record, FoR codes, by providing an official classification, are more likely to be used by someone searching for data associated to a specific field. Therefore, they will make your dataset or software more visible to others.

To avoid confusion between the two systems the codes where completely redefined. Most of the codes useful to our community will still be found under the Earth Science division, but the division itself is now identify by the code “37” while in the previous standard from 2008 its code was “04”.

In the previous version, most Climate science related codes were grouped under Atmospheric Science. The new classification includes also a new Climate Change Science group.


3702 Climate Change Science
Code Subject
370201 Climate change processes
370202 Climatology
370203 Greenhouse gas inventories and fluxes
370299 Climate change science not elsewhere classified

Other relevant groups in the Earth Science divisions are:


3701 Atmospheric sciences
Code Subject
370101 Adverse weather events
370102 Air pollution processes and air quality measurement
370103 Atmospheric aerosols
370104 Atmospheric composition, chemistry and processes
370105 Atmospheric dynamics
370106 Atmospheric radiation
370107 Cloud physics
370108 Meteorology
370109 Tropospheric and stratospheric physics
370199 Atmospheric sciences not elsewhere classified
3704 Geoinformatics
Code Subject
370401 Computational modelling and simulation in earth sciences
3707 Hydrology
Code Subject
370703 Groundwater hydrology
370704 Surface water hydrology
3708 Oceanography
Code Subject
370801 Biological oceanography
370802 Chemical oceanography
370803 Physical oceanography
370899 Oceanography not elsewhere classified
3709 Physical geography and environmental geoscience
Code Subject
370904 Palaeoclimatology

And under the Environmental Science division , identified by "41"

4101 Climate change impacts and adaptation
Code Subject
410101 Carbon sequestration science
410102 Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation
410103 Human impacts of climate change and human adaptation
4106 Soil sciences
Code Subject
410601 Land capability and soil productivity
410604 Soil chemistry and soil carbon sequestration (excl. carbon sequestration science)
410605 Soil physics
410699 Soil sciences not elsewhere classified


You can always refer to the official documentation if none of these apply to your study.