dat file and zonal statistics

Discussion created by liana1 on Mar 29, 2013

I am trying to introduce the 5 degree dataset from here (it is the first link). And once I introduce it to GIS to use it as a raster input to calculate zonal statistics using as feature zone the world borders (

My first question is how to introduce the dat data into GIS.
An second, once I introduce it can I use it as a regular raster file and do zonal statistics?

Can anyone help? I use ARCGIS 10.1