Version 1 of this list is based on the NASA GCMD keyword list for locations which was valid on 12 December 2002. We retained only the names of geographical regions from the GCMD list, changing them to lower case and replacing the separators within the names by underscores to be consistent with the style used for CF standard names. We excluded: (a) countries (these could be added if required); (b) regions that could be specified by coordinate ranges in CF (e.g. western hemisphere); (c) ill-defined regions (e.g. west Africa); (d) names for layers and surfaces of the Earth (e.g. mantle, sea floor), which are or would be included in standard names if required. Within the CF conventions we have added a number of new names, constructed using the same style. Our intention is to keep this list consistent with GCMD.